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Things That Helped: Essays
  • Shortlisted

Designed by
Allison Colpoys
Best Designed Non-Fiction Cover
Scribe Publications

About the Designer

Allison Colpoys is an award-winning designer and illustrator, and the Art Director at Scribe Publications. Her picture books include The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade, Under the Love Umbrella, If All the World Were… and All the Ways To Be Smart. As well as receiving numerous Australian Book Design Awards for her illustration and cover design, she has won the CBCA Crichton Award for Best New Talent and two Australian Book Industry Awards.

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Design Rationale

Jessica’s collection of personal essays details her journey through postpartum depression and the slow, complex process of reassembling what it fractured. I was lucky to be provided with the outtakes from a photoshoot Jessica had with photographer Heather Lighton to use on the front cover. They were so beautiful and after reading the manuscript I thought I would like to try to create a collage from the images to create a sense of tension and fracture. The first essay centers around the Maribyrnong river, which is why I chose the river water motif to tie the collage together.

135 x 210 mm
No. pages
Special finishes
Printed reverse of board (with machine varnish)
Internal Design
Allison Colpoys
Allison Colpoys
Griffin Press
Jessica Friedmann