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Eco-Friendly Books Dominate Design World

By May 21, 2008No Comments

 The BPANZ Book Design Awards 2008 shortlist was announced today, with a list dominated by beautiful books with eco-friendly themes and a social conscience.

With subjects ranging from recycling to organic farming, Bill Hammond’s art to Cook Islands tivaevae quilting, the list represents the best in book design for books released in 2007. Dear to Me is also included¸ an anthology that features well-known New Zealanders’ favourite poems, and gives all royalties from sales to Amnesty International.

The judges had a tough time narrowing the field to just twelve titles, and this was a process not without conflict, with a few books’ inclusion splitting the team of three judges led by New Zealand Listener’s Guy Somerset. They were looking for “the complete package: the book whose insides matched their outside for the thought and care that had gone into them, striving for something a little bit different, or a little bit better”.

A new player in the Book Design Awards, Scholastic’s Vasanti Unka, is well-represented with two shortlisted books, What is a Bird? and The Bean’s Story, which showcases her own hand-quilting in every illustration. 

Also included in the final list are seasoned designers such as Robbie Burton from Craig Potton Publishing, Sarah Maxey for Victoria University Press, and well-known artist and designer Aaron Beehre for Christchurch Art Gallery.

The competition is judged in four categories, including Non-Illustrated, Illustrated, Educational and Children’s books, with the winners being announced at the Booksellers’ NZ Industry Awards Dinner in late July. There are also highly-coveted Best Cover and Best Book winners.

The Awards help promote excellence in, and provide recognition for, the best book design in New Zealand, a worthy cause for an oft-overlooked arm of the New Zealand design world.

The Book Publishers Association of New Zealand is proud to be principle sponsor of the awards. The BPANZ President Tony Fisk says “The books shortlisted for this year’s awards exemplify the very best of book design and it is once again gratifying that the quality of work produced in New Zealand competes favourably with that produced anywhere else in the world.”

BPANZ Book Design Awards 2008 SHORTLIST

Non-Illustrated Book
The Wild Green Yonder Graeme Leather/Dexter Fry Philippa Jamieson New Holland Publishers NZ
Dear To Me Aland Deare Amnesty International Random House
A Perfect World Catherine Griffiths David Cohen Random House
Illustrated Book
Aberhart Sarah Maxey Laurence Aberhart Victoria University Press
New Zealand‘s Wilderness Heritage Robbie Burton Les Molloy Craig Potton Publishing
Bill Hammond: Jingle Jangle Morning Aaron Beehre Jennifer Hay et al Christchurch Art Gallery
Educational Book
What is a Bird? Vasanti Unka Feana Tu’Akoi Scholastic NZ
Astronomy Aotearoa Marie Low Robert Shaw Pearson Education NZ
Rubbish! Ruby-Anne Fenning Rachael Goddard Raupo Publishing
Children’s Book
The King’s Bubbles Ruth Paul & Mary McIntyre Ruth Paul Scholastic NZ
Willy’s Dad Murray Dewhurst & Scott Tulloch Scott Tulloch HarperCollins Publishers NZ
The Bean’s Story Vasanti Unka Tatiana Aslund Scholastic NZ