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Book cover design newsletter

Year level - Middle school VCD students

Targetting middle school design students and incorporating the language of the 2024-2028 VCD study design, this resource includes a recorded presentation with Mary Callahan and a series of tasks for students to complete.

Description of the resource - 

Inspired by Dieter Rams’ Ten Principles for Good Design, and the work of award winning and contemporary book designer Mary Callahan, this resource will examine good book cover designs and the use of type, image and page layout.


Callahan will draw on her expertise as a book designer, President of the Australian Book Design Association and lecturer at RMIT  to explore the Principles for Good Design in relation to her work and take you through an inspirational journey of exciting and award winning book covers.

The tasks will teach students about the process for analysing and designing a book cover, applying the principles of Good Design.

This resource is developed by Visual Communication Victoria, with the assistance of the DoE Strategic Partnerships Program.
VCV members at Government schools can access this resource by completing the form on the VCV website order page.

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