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Memory Makes Us
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Designed by
Alissa Dinallo, Zoë Sadokierski, Gemma Warriner
Best Designed Independent Book
IF Book: Australia

About the Designer

Alissa is a Sydney-based book designer who has worked in-house at Allen & Unwin and Penguin Random House. When not designing for commercial publishing houses, Alissa also works closely with writers to create artist’s books and typographic works. She is also a co-founder of BookEating Press, a boutique publishing company. She was named Young Designer of the Year at the 2015 Australian Book Design Awards.

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Design Rationale

A project run by Institute for the Future of the Book Australia in which authors write stories live at festivals, inspired by written memories contributed by the audience. The brief: collate twelve stories written at MMU events between 2013-15 as a ‘book’ in cheap broadsheet format, exploring the notion that memories are ephemeral – the newsprint will eventually fade, the design also needed to reflect the shifting/ephemeral written content. We used a limited colour palette and dynamic grid/typographic system to visually connect the disparate stories, while making each page different. 30,000 words is a lot of text to cram into 36 pages.

289 x 380 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
55gsm newsprint, CMYK printing, unstapled.
Internal Design
Alissa Dinallo, Zoë Sadokierski, Gemma Warriner
The Newspaper Club
Alissa Dinallo, Zoe Sadokierski and Gemma Warriner