Cruden Farm – a garden publication


Cruden Farm is one of Australia’s great private gardens and home of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch of eighty years. The garden has a world renowned reputation for it’s vision, beauty and design, featured in Monty Don’s Around the World in 80 Gardens, garden documentary series. In recent times the garden enjoys over 30,000 visitors a year. After countless requests from guests for a take home guide, Dame Elisabeth commissioned Andrew to develop a modest concise booklet to retail at the garden for under AU$10.

Armed with new selections of professional images, stocks of the 2001 booklet running low and Dame Elisabeth’s birthday approaching, a second edition booklet was commissioned. The chance to revisit the same project after eight years is a great opportunity for a designer to action the benefit of hindsight and experience.

It was special privilege, pleasure and wonderful experience to work with Dame E and Michael on projects that meant so much to her, vale Dame E.

The second round allow us to refine the story telling, many aspects of the design were assessed and enhanced. Like the first publication we explored the garden through the history then seasons. The booklet was then split into two sections the text story on uncoated paper section and image story of on the glossy paper section. The publication was wrapped in a dust jack that also serves as a fold out poster.

The second edition in comparison to the first has a bookish appearance, the layouts are refined, confident and uncomplicated. The other standout difference is the improvement in reproduction technology. Hi resolution digital cameras and the latest in print presses make for a production where the detail is fine and the film grain all but gone.

Along with this piece, we have worked with the family to produce a website and printed merchandise.

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