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Wild Beauty: A Photographic Field Guide to Australia’s Biggest, Oldest and Rarest Natural Treasures
  • Shortlisted

Designed by
Murray Batten
Category
Best Designed Fully-Illustrated Book under $50
Year
2017
Publisher
Hardie Grant Books

About the Designer

Murray is an award wining freelance book designer with over six years experience and has worked with some of Australia’s leading publishers including Hardie Grant Publishing, Murdoch Books, HarperCollins Australia & Smith Street Books.

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Design Rationale

The brief was to showcase the spectacular landscape photography in a way that would create a sense of awe. The design references vintage explorer publications with a scholarly style map of Australia at the beginning, and each chapter opener providing a field-guide type grid. This motif carries through onto the subsequent spreads, but doesn’t detract from the epic nature of the images. The cover uses one of the most dramatic images from the book, that feels untamed and “wild”, while the title runs vertically on the left, over an off-white block that references the quarter-bind of a vintage publication.

Details
Dimensions
285 x 275 mm
No. pages
192
Special finishes
Mat Lamination
Credits
Internal Design
Murray Batten
Photography
Vanessa Hunter
Typesetting
Megan Ellis
Printing
1010 Printing
Author
Vanessa Hunter and Graham Lloyd