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Obento Deluxe Student Book 5e
  • Shortlisted

Designed by
Regine Abos
Best Designed Educational Primary/Secondary Book
Cengage Learning

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.

210 x 276 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
Matt lamination
Internal Design
Leigh Ashforth (Watershed Art & Design)
David Lovegrove, Makoto Koji and Guy Holt (maps)
Nikki M. Group
China Translation & Printing Services
Kyoko Kusumoto, Sue Xouris and Peter Williams