Awards Book Archive

The Messenger
  • Shortlisted

Designed by
Sandy Cull
Best Designed Young Adult Cover
Pan Macmillan Australia

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

The Messenger is about an ordinary cab driver who becomes a wonderfully positive influence on the lives of the various people he meets. He receives cryptic instructions written on the four ace playing cards and is spurred on to investigate. I shot the ace of hearts and then photoshopped it into submission.

128 x 198 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
Matt laminate and spot gloss
Markus Zusak