Chatting with 2021’s ABDA Awards Shortlister, Daphne Kok
We have once again put our support behind the Australian Book Design Awards this year sponsoring the Best Student Design Awards—Series. With the finalists to be announced in late June we wanted to have a chat with each of the talented designer’s that were chosen as finalists in this category including Frances Peck, Kespa Katsuk, Celia Mance, Angela Huang and Daphne Kok.
Let's chat with Daphne Kok!
Tell us a little bit about who you are
I am Daphne Kok, a Brand Designer from sunny Singapore. From choosing fonts on WordArt at a young age, I have now grown into a full-fledged creative, crafting brands that hold meaning and connection in the community. The decision to move to Australia to pursue a Bachelor of Communication Design has developed me to grow in the way I think, work and create.
How did you get into design?
The design scene has always been really exciting and I believe that as the future of design continues to grow, the shift for its views would too. People seek to find brands and experiences that they resonate with, brands that hold meaning and value to them. The ultimate goal for me is to produce care-full work that resonates with others, developed with cultures and ethics.
What made you start getting into book design?
My love for print has been around for ages and nothing beats the satisfaction of touching and smelling a new read. Naturally, book design is something that fascinates me, leading me to design the covers of The Underground Railroad and The Tattooist of Auschwitz.
What was the inspiration and thought process behind your book cover?
By manipulating type, the covers represent the stripped away voices of the protagonists. The typographic treatment of cut letters and black on black spot gloss printing highlights the endured silence faced.
Characters at the back cover are extracted from the titles, decoding to form ‘run’ and ‘chaos’ — messages emerging through the novel. Representing the darkness and rough time that the protagonists had to endure, the covers are designed with textured black backgrounds. Lastly, the colours tie in with the characters, with yellow signifying the star on Lale’s uniform and Cora as a black woman fleeing from the whites.