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Stories for South Asian Super Girls

Book Design

Bringing together illustrious entertainers, pioneering business leaders and a host of other, equally remarkable yet less well-known figures, Stories for South Asian Supergirls seeks to redress the imbalance for young girls of colour by empowering them to break new ground for themselves and to inspire others in the process.

Illustrated with striking portraits by ten international South Asian female artists, we were asked to design the cover, layout and art direct the illustrations of this ground-breaking book, whilst contributing a few illustrations of our own.

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This beautifully illustrated collection of 50 biographies showcases a huge range of historical and modern-day South Asian women’s stories and achievements. In short, they are female powerhouses. Our task was to first create a cover that would capture their energy and strength and this came in the form of a lightning bolt – the true symbol of a superheroine. We used the bolt to create a standout and impactful design that shouts ‘Hey! I’m right here’ on the shelf all the whilst steering clear of typical and cliched South Asian styles.

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Along with the stories themselves, the design intends to captivate and excite using an engaging contents page and timeline to contextualise the women and help the audience relate to them more. Through bold colour, expressionate typography and energetic graphic elements we’ve created a book that’s thrilling to pick up and flick through while all-inclusive to all.

Full of the power, resilience and ingenuity of South Asian women, this book also profiles its 10 talented illustrators in their own special section, showing the importance of art in illustrated books and inspiring all children to know that this is a career open to them too.

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The book enjoyed a warm and highly anticipated welcome at launch across the UK, Canada, the US and India. Being featured on the BBC, Sky News, The Times and a host of other media outlets, it stands to make a real positive impact for South Asian girls across the world.

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