The Colour of the Sky at Sunrise: A Book Designer on the Road
As a book designer you spend a lot of time at your desk. You might get up for a coffee or a bite of lunch occasionally and sometimes your arm gets some exercise if you are scanning a stack of… Read more
Local Knowledge: Covers Customised for the Australian Market
So a publisher wants to remake an overseas book cover for Australian shops. What are they thinking? What are the designers thinking? Why is a cover good for one place but not another? Australian designers reveal the local knowledge behind…
Each year, first-year Visual Communication students from the University of Technology Sydney are briefed to design a series of B-format book covers. Students choose a set of books from one of three literary genres: popular science, postcolonial fiction or science…
When I was a graphic design student at Swinburne in the early 1980s, I spent a lot of time in the library. I don't know where everyone else was, but I was in the library.
The Placement of the Sun
Norwegian-born, Australian based Kåre Martens looks at the distinct differences in book design between the two countries…
Cover Me Christmas: Books I Want To Get (or Give) for the Holidays
What books do ABDA members want to get for Christmas?…
My Book Design Gateway Drug: Milton Charles and the Covers of V.C. Andrews
It was 1989 and I was mooching about in the Woodend library – wandering the aisles, feet lazily sparking static on the carpet tiles – when a paperback on the shelf flickered in the light.
The Making of A Fairy Tale
Allison Colpoys shares the early drafts of her award-winning cover design for Jonas T. Bengtsson’s novel A Fairy Tale.
How to Deconstruct a Science Fiction Cover
"I remember the covers as much for the pleasure and excitement of recalling the book as for the cover art. But in truth it is far easier to remember the covers than the characters or plots."…
Through the Covers
Josh Durham shines a light on the world of cricket book cover design.