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  • Longlisted

Designed by
Astred Hicks, Design Cherry
Best Designed Young Adult Cover
University of Queensland Press

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

This one captures the fervour of young people fighting for the future of the world. But the design didn’t come easily, experimenting with tone in search of a powerful connection with the reader. Finding the perfect image from a climate-change protest was the turning point. The gritty back streets of Paris, filled with echoes of revolutions past, were my inspiration. Starting with a halftone treatment of the image, I used hand-lettering and hand-coloured highlights to create an atmosphere of photocopied posters, subversive graffiti and noisy activism. In Paris the young protagonist has put aside romantic dreams and found her voice.

129 x 198 mm
No. pages
Internal Design
Astred Hicks, Design Cherry
Astred Hicks, Design Cherry
Post Pre-press Group
McPherson's Printing Group
Kate O'Donnell