Shortlisted Books

Obento Deluxe Student Book 5e

Designed by
Regine Abos
Category
Best Designed Educational Primary / Secondary Book
Year
2019
Publisher
Cengage Learning Australia

About the Designer

Reg is an award-winning designer and lecturer who runs the design consultancy Studio Regina. Her passion and expertise lie in book design, having worked extensively with publishers such as Oxford University Press, Black Dog Books (an imprint of Walker Books) and UNICEF. Reg also lectures in Data Visualisation, her other big passion. She runs a blog called Collected, where she designs info graphics on everything from hot chocolates she consumes to the songs stuck in her head.

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Design Rationale

A style of elaborately arranged bento (Japanese boxed lunch) which features food decorated to look like characters from popular media, animals, and plants. Japanese homemakers often spend time devising their families’ meals, including their boxed lunches. This updated vibrant cover continues to strengthen the recognisable Obento brand in a simple, uncluttered and authentic food-related design. The internal design follows on from the brightness of the cover with a rich palette of colour. The illustration style and pedagogical elements stay true to the authenticity of traditional and current Japanese comic and graphic novel styles.

Details
Dimensions
210 x 276 mm
No. pages
268
Special finishes
Matt lamination
Credits
Internal Design
Leigh Ashforth (Watershed Art & Design)
Typesetting
Nikki M Group Pty Ltd
Printing
China Translation & Printing Services
Author
Kyoko Kusumoto, Sue Xouris, Peter Williams