Book Design - Trade
The Scented Victorian
This series of perfumed diaries, birthday
and address books, and a household companion were designed for Penguin's Special Sales Division, for sale in
supermarkets and newsagents. They were reminiscent of Victorian-era books and tapped into the nostalgia
market. With no budget for illustration, I used instead, Victorian and Edwardian cards featuring pretty young
ladies, flowers, and birds, etc - all bought cheaply from an antiques
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Australian Story is an abbreviated history of
Australia produced by the National Library of Australia, designed for use by kids under 12 years of
age. It outlines the importance and variety of major events from pre-history to 2010. The visual
elements are mostly drawn from historical images in public archives. They are augmented by
my illustrations and photographs to fill gaps, and the time-line design creates impetus, showing the
onward flow of time.
Graphic illustrations were used to begin and end the
open-ended text, and this style carried through to the maps and other miscellaneous illustrations
sprinkled throughout. Many graphic treatments and devices were created to carry and spice up the
images, and to recreate the 'feel' of each era. Typefaces used in each era were also added for
variety and interest.
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Mountains, Mists, and
specifically targeted book was aimed at the Japanese tourist market in Sydney and environs. The
photos were taken by a catholic nun living in the Blue Mountains of NSW, and the text had
a contemplative aspect, with seasons as the theme. Poetry text was drawn from the
canon of famous Japanese poets. Translations into English broadened the book's appeal in the
design is very simple, but in the manner of Japanese book publishing fashion at the time of this
book's production. The text grid allowed me to make all pages asymmetrical while maintaining a
cohesive set of layouts.
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Little Hare's art-director - David
Francis, wanted a soft, nostalgic, water-colour look, reminiscent of Beatrix
Potter, to match this sweet story of how Little Hare grows up in a hurry. Originally intended to be a
32-page text, I felt that it would look punchier if we reduced the extent to 24 pages and used a variety of
illustration sizes and layouts, and lively text formatting to enhance the action words in the language.
Happily, David agreed.
You can buy it online
at: www.angusrobertson.com.au, www.borders.com.au, www.collinsbooks.com.au, or order
through your local bookshop.
Prayer for the Animals
Mark Wilson is a very experienced and well-known Australian
illustrator, especially of books with historical and environmental themes. In this title he celebrates
the diversity of environments and animals on Earth in the form of a prayer for their continuing
Existing artwork in a variety of painted and drawn media and
formats had to dealt with when designing this text, so I chose a calligraphic text font that sits
sympathetically with the varied, loose nature of the different images.
I also suggested the sketchy image used on the cover to
replace a more finished illustration that the illustrator and publisher were originally going to
use. The end-paper image is a much-softened version of the original artwork, to tie the cover and text pages
To see other Mark Wilson books: www.marklwilson.com.au