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Imogen Stubbs
Best Designed Commercial Fiction Cover
Text Publishing

About the Designer

Imogen is the art director at Text Publishing, where she has worked as a book designer and production manager since 2011. She manages the book and marketing design program while also designing covers for literary fiction, non-fiction, young adult and middle grade titles. In 2015 she was shortlisted for Young Designer of the Year at the Australian Book Design Awards. Previously she designed and art directed the literary magazines Harvest and The Key of Sea Journal. Imogen served on the…

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Design Rationale

Historical fiction and a strong female lead, this novel follows the daily life of a servant who becomes a great leader. The brief called for a striking design that could work for a series, and signal its genre while appealing to a wide readership. The celtic pattern hints at the time and place as well as the notion of being tangled up in two worlds—one seen and one not—while the fish ring symbolises one of the ‘skin’ totems. By using stock imagery I had the budget to gold foil the front cover pattern furthering the book’s magical elements.

153 x 234 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
Matt lamination, gold foil on front cover pattern, embossed title, author name and fish ring symbol.
J&M Typesetting
Griffin Press
Ilka Tampke