Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Annual Report 2020, minimalist publication cover design

ANNUAL REPORT 2020–2021

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Recreating a sense of place.

Creative fields

Publication Design, Typography, Photography

The Ask

To redesign the 2020–21 annual report for the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria.

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Annual Report, minimal publication cover design.

Despite its location in the heart of Melbourne city, the Royal Botanic Gardens feels like a private and tranquil secret hideaway.

Melbourne city skyline photography, framed by leaves.

My goal was to recreate this feeling.

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Annual Report, highlights spread, minimal design.

By utilising framed photography, the publication evokes a feeling of distance and privacy — a feeling unique to the Royal Botanic Gardens.

Nature photography, window wire frame. Melbourne MCG photography, taken from the Temple through the Winds.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria in Melbourne, photography of the Temple through the Winds gazebo.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Temple through the Winds, nature photography at sunset. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria nature macro photography, flower close up.

Textural images help to craft a sense of place.

Textural nature photography, green leaves with filtered light.
Textural nature photography, green leaves illuminated by sunlight.
Textural nature photography, macro shot of green leaves illuminated by sunlight.

A quiet, minimalistic layout heroes the photography.

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Annual Report, minimalist publication design, contents page.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Annual Report, minimal publication design layout, chairman's foreword.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Annual Report, minimalism publication design, vision and mission spread.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Annual Report, minimalist publication design, Our Organisation and Features spread.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Annual Report, minimalist publication design, chapter break.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Annual Report, minimalist publication layout design, Special Places.
Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria Annual Report, minimalist publication layout design, Special Places 2.

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