So you want my arts job: book designer

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Jinghua Qian

Text Publishing’s design director WH Chong discusses the ingredients for a great book cover.

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WH Chong with his portrait of novelist Michelle de Kretser, which was acquired by the National Portrait Gallery in early 2015. Image George Dunford.

About the author

Jinghua Qian (they/them) is a Shanghainese writer, poet and provocateur living in the Kulin nations. Their work has appeared on stages, pages and airwaves including Melbourne Writers’ Festival, SBS, Popula, Overland and The Guardian. Formerly the Head of News at Sixth Tone, an English-language media outlet based in Shanghai, and a broadcaster with 3CR Community Radio’s Queering the Air, Jinghua currently serves on the board of Asian-Australian arts and culture magazine, Peril.
Twitter: @qianjinghua
LinkedIn: qianjinghua