Shortlisted Books

#MeToo: Stories from the Australian Movement

Designed by
Debra Billson
Category
Best Designed General Non-Fiction Book (inc. Scholarly and Reference)
Year
2020
Publisher
Picador Australia

About the Designer

Debra has been designing books since Roxette had ‘The Look’. She spent her early career creating products for children as an art director and studio manager, until landing her dream job at Penguin Books. For almost a decade, this saw her working across all genres with some of Australia’s highest profile authors, until starting her own business from her Melbourne home-studio in 2007. Whilst having designed everything from children’s board books to cookbooks, Debra’s true love is creating fiction covers…

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Design Rationale

A powerful collection of women’s stories about the MeToo movement requires a loud and ‘shouty’ cover that isn’t apologetic. We knew it had to be typographic, and so my concepts all featured the words #MeToo in very large and bold typography without really any imagery to speak of. The existing cover is exactly as it was presented in this first round of concepts (sans quote), as the ‘font’ I discovered by Passion Artist, when adapted, seemed to carry the cover perfectly.

Details
Dimensions
154 x 233
No. pages
368
Special finishes
None. Gloss lamination only
Credits
Internal Design
Post Pre-Press
Illustration
Passion Artist
Typesetting
Post Pre-Press
Printing
McPherson's Printing Group
Author
Miriam Sved, Christie Nieman, Maggie Scott and Natalie Kon-yu