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Stone Sky, Gold Mountain
  • Commended

Designed by
Sandy Cull
Best Designed Literary Fiction Cover
University of Queensland Press

About the Designer

Sandy has been designing books for more than 20 years. In 2004 and 2005, she won the Best Designed Book of the Year at the Book Design Awards. In 2011 she was the 7th person to be inducted into the Australian Book Design Hall of Fame. Sandy was a founding ABDA committee member, has been a guest speaker at writers’ festivals and an occasional guest lecturer on book design at secondary and tertiary level. She’s still planning to blow the…

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Design Rationale

This is a beautifully written tale of 1870s Queensland, and specifically, the Chinese immigration and presence in the gold mines. I had photographs of the area from the author and I further researched old images of Chinese pioneers. I tried several approaches for this; landscape photography, chinese-influenced illustration and typographic. I found this font and accentuated its earthy colours and dirty gold wash. A found the crow – a constant voice throughout, overseeing the characters. He’s ominous and piercing. I asked if we could afford foil for some delicate flecks of gold and am thrilled with their affect.

152 x 227 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
CMYK and gold foil
Internal Design
Sandy Cull, Post Pre-press Group
Letters from Shutterstock/Veris Studio, Bird courtesy of the Graphics Fairy
Post Prepress
McPherson's Printing Group
Mirandi Riwoe