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The Struggle for Peace in the Middle East
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Designed by
Astred Hicks, Olga Lavecchia, Danielle Maccarone
Best Designed Educational Primary/Secondary Book
Cengage Learning

About the Designer

Astred is a freelance book designer whose distinctive work for a number of publishing houses covers fiction, non-fiction and educational, with a special emphasis on young adult fiction. She is a sometime lecturer in graphic design and was the lead author of the popular text for tertiary students, ‘Graphic design {Australian style manual}’. Astred has won a number of book design awards during her 14 year career in publishing. Recently she has branched out into illustration as well as design…

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Design Rationale

The brief: a unified series design of 19 Modern History titles. The catch: budget constraints = no expensive cover photos allowed. The design pitch: Studying history is all about discovery, analysis and investigation. Let’s turn the constraints into a learning experience. An iconic cover illustration was crafted to allude to a key moment in time (the drawing style unifies the myriad of series topics). The gatefold unlocks the meaning of the image with supporting historical material (photograph, blurb, profiles, illustrated timeline, quote). A clean design allows for tense topics to be treated with a sense of authority, respect and gravitas.

276 x 210 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
Gate fold cover with matt lamination
Danielle Maccacrone
MPS Limited
CTPS China
Ian J Bickerton