In 2010, the Australian Institute of Architects (AIA) invited Clear to develop the design of its annual publication for the Inspire Awards. Working with admired publisher Katarina Stübe, AIA president Karl Fender and AIA CEO David Parken, Clear set out to create a publication that showcases great architecture and produce an awards book that presented over 170 projects in a structured unbiased way. The AIA also wanted the publication to reflect the characteristics of Australian architecture, have a high production quality and superior level of finish.
Clear developed a rigorous and flexible grid system to provide a strong foundation for the book and one that will endure the ten-year lifespan of the project. Each spread presents the awarded projects with its description allowing an even balance between image, type and white space on the page. Each book uses yearly a colour palette and a graphic illustration style derived from the geometry of the AIA logo. This allows flexibility to evolve the chapter break illustrations yearly, while serving the purpose of graphically representing each award category. Once complete, the ten years of the Inspire annual will be a compelling tribute to Australian architecture.