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The Twinmaker Series
  • Shortlisted

Designed by
Astred Hicks, Design Cherry
Best Designed Children’s/Young Adult Series
Allen & Unwin

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

What exactly does dematerialising in a teleporter look like? Inspired by sculptural modern art I wanted to capture the feeling of tumbling through fantastic, futuristic travel devices. I challenged my Photoshop skills further than ever before, creating every element (bar the models and typefaces) from scratch. Fabricating brushes, I was able to layer key emblems of the Venn diagram, letter Q and eternity symbol on the respective covers, with liquid movement exploding into fractal pieces dispersing into glowing mist. It was gratifying that the author told me that mine were his favourite covers out of all the international editions.

138 x 208 mm
Internal Design
Astred Hicks, Design Cherry
Sean Williams