Book design

The Long View

How much do you understand South Africa? Is the country better off than it was? What are the prospects for the future? What is life going to be like? We turn to the news for information, but the news tells us what happened while we were sleeping or while we were working. As in any country, it’s about the short-term drama. We don’t see the bigger picture. Most South Africans lack an in-depth awareness of the enormous strides we have made. Today, (in contrast to the notion that the country is on the verge of collapse and implosion) South Africa is a much better place than it was twenty or thirty years ago.
South African analyst/economist JP Landman believes we need a firmer grip on reality and a broader perspective is vital. He calls it ‘The Long View’. The zest of his book? Yes, a lot of things are wrong in South Africa, but an enormous number of important things are coming right. In this important book he motivates the power of incrementalism. On balance, incrementalism will, in all probability, make South Africa a much better place in about twenty or thirty years from now. The book is designed in such a way that the factual based content is easy to grasp for the man in the street. Here are a few random spreads that give you an idea of how the book looks and feels. Published by Jacana Media / Stonebridge Books 2013 South Africa / No1 Bestseller at Exclusive Books South Africa
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Book design · Graphic design

The United Nations and Unicef: A global pact on children’s rights

This 24-page booklet explains in simple and engaging language, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was adopted by the General Assembly and UNICEF in 1989. The booklet targets children of secondary education institutions across 12 different countries in the Mid and South Americas. The Convention’s 54 articles cover everything from a child’s right to be free from sexual and economic exploitation, to the right to his or her own opinion, and to the right to education, health care, and economic opportunity are part of this education gloss-over. Illustrated by Sam Brown and printed on heavy stock – Translated and published in 12 countries. United Nations 2009, New York, NY.
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Book design

It’s Not About How Smart You Can Be…

… It’s About How Wealthy You Can Be. How do you get people who have absolutely zero desire to read a book on investing to read one? You don’t just write it, you design it. Our objective was to reduce investing to simple, timeless principles. And to add awareness, drama, understanding and, yes, even laughter. Read it and you’ll be better off than 80% of investors. Written by Mark Varder / Design by Joost Hulsbosch / Published by Jacana Publishers 2008+2010  A Loerie Award for Design, 2009


Book design · Graphic design

Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles

The prestigious Art University of Brussels publishes its 300th anniversary coffee table book. One section about previous student David Vasiljevic was designed by BHAG Design. It holds the story of how a Cum Laude student in Oil Painting became one the world’s top 5 beauty and fashion photographers.

Born in Australia and raised between Croatia, Italy and Belgium, David Vasiljevic trained as an oil painter at the prestigious Academie des Beaux Arts in Brussels. After graduating with honours he moved to London, where he started his fabulous photo career. A perfectionist known for his impeccable fashion and beauty images, David is a prolific contributor to several international editions of the big fashion magazines like Harper’s Bazar, Bon’s, Elle, and the French, English, American, Chinese and German Vogue, as well as some other of the world’s most prestigious fashion publications, from i-D to Numéro Tokyo. David is equally reknowned for his flawless, powerful port traiture A-list celebrities such as Penelope Cruz, Naomi Watts, Diane Kruger, Eva Mendez and Tom Ford have all been captured in his lens. His advertising clients include Stella McCartney, Givenchy Perfumes Armani Jeans, Levi’s, and H&M. Born in Australia and raised between Croatia, Italy and Belgium, David Vasiljevic trained as an oil painter at the prestigious Academie des Beaux Arts in Brussels. After graduating with honours he moved to London, where he started his photographic career.

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Book design

Liza Marklund’s international bestsellers

Dust jacket design for Morton Books.* Every book has a Big-Hairy-Ambitious-Goal, and as a designer, you need to find the essence of the manuscript in front of you. As a design studio we craft each book carefully, dedicating the time that each book needs without rushing into random ideas. Liza Marklund’s three-ology of quirky Australian crime stories, perfectly describe the harsh and desolate world of the Australian outback. * Morton Books is a fictive publisher that allows me to showcase my cover concept and design work.