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The Double
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Designed by
W.H. Chong
Best Designed Literary Fiction Book
Text Publishing

About the Designer

W. H. Chong is the long-time design director at Text Publishing and designed their logo. In 2013 Chong was inducted into the Australian Book Design Hall of Fame. He is a founding member of ABDA, serving as Secretary from 2014 to 2016. He has written and spoken about book design, and blogged on art and culture for Crikey and Daily Review. He is also an exhibiting artist.  …

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Design Rationale

A debut collection of stories by a writer with Finnish ancestry, set in various places: the dark past of the Soviet era, a death in a Finnish lake, a terrible honeymoon in Africa, an Australian school. The cover type’s literal doubleness aims to evoke a foreign tongue with a suggestion of Russian cyrillic, and the ornamented border gestures at twigs and bones, and the uncanny. Contrasting the cool exterior, the inside cover is red, manifesting the stories’ hidden passions. The page headers have different motifs reflecting the individual chapter openings.

153 x 234 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
Matt lamination
Internal Design
W.H. Chong
W.H. Chong
Maria Takolander