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No Country Woman
  • Shortlisted

Designed by
Astred Hicks, Design Cherry
Best Designed Non-Fiction Cover
Hachette Australia

About the Designer

Astred is a freelance book designer whose distinctive work for a number of publishing houses covers fiction, non-fiction and educational, with a special emphasis on young adult fiction. She is a sometime lecturer in graphic design and was the lead author of the popular text for tertiary students, ‘Graphic design {Australian style manual}’. Astred has won a number of book design awards during her 14 year career in publishing. Recently she has branched out into illustration as well as design…

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Design Rationale

An insightful memoir about displacement that deserved an unsettling cover. I built a typeface, drawing on old school typographical exercises, creating shapes in discordant colours and piecing them together to form letters. Here were the jarring aspects of the author’s identity that ultimately formed the woman she came to be. Earlier concepts were deliberately hard on the eye to convey the idea of culture clash. Sales were unhappy, it was unreadable in e-Book thumbnail form. I resisted their request to add a black keyline, because enclosures would have invalidated the concept. Instead I revised the palette that eased the colour

153 x 234 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
Matt Lamination, Spot Gloss UV, Ic magenta background colour which mimics the effect of a PMS
Internal Design
Bookhouse Sydney
Astred Hicks, Design Cherry
Bookhouse Sydney
McPherson's Printing Group
Zoya Patel