AUCKLAND, 3 May 2010. New Zealand’s exceptional book design talent is showcased in the shortlist announced today for the 2010 Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) Book Design Awards.
Designers “shape the way readers experience a book,” says Peter Gilderdale, one of the judges. “Authors provide the content, but the designer can either enhance or inhibit the way the book functions.”
The depth of talent made it difficult for Gilderdale, along with the other judges, Graham Beattie and Sharon Grace, to select 2010’s contenders Gilderdale adds, “The standard was very high and even — a wonderful mix of the vibrant and restrained, clever and crafted, quirky and traditional — this is great for book buyers but tough on judges!”
A new award for young designers introduced last year has proved spot on, with this year’s main category shortlist featuring all three 2009 Awa Press Young Designer of the Year finalists: Spencer Levine (winner), Keely O’Shannessy and Carolyn Lewis. Finalists for the 2010 Awa Press Young Designer of the Year Award will be announced on Thursday 3 June.
Levine is one of the designers who feature multiple times, along with Kate Barraclough, and Sarah Laing, who has not only designed two of the books in the shortlist, but is also the author of one of them.
Ranging from the commercially successful New Zealand titles like The Wonky Donkey and A Treasury of New Zealand Baking to beautiful international titles The Life & Love of Trees and A Beautiful Game, this year’s shortlist illustrates the diversity of the New Zealand literary landscape.
The 2010 judging panel is Peter Gilderdale, Head of Graphic Design at AUT University, Graham Beattie, a fulltime book reviewer and book blogger, and designer Sharon Grace.
The awards are run by the Publishers Association of New Zealand (PANZ) to promote excellence in, and provide recognition for, the best book design in New Zealand. The competition is judged in six categories, with a winner for the highly coveted Best Book chosen from the shortlist and sponsored by Nielsen Book Services.
Winners will be announced at a ceremony in Auckland on 22 July, along with the Awa Press Young Designer of the Year. The awards are sponsored by a range of publishers, along with North & South magazine and Kalamazoo Wyatt & Wilson printers.
Finalists for the 2010 PANZ Book Design Awards are as follows:
Scholastic New Zealand Award for Best Children’s Book
Anita Mcleod, Book Design Ltd and Katz Cowley
The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith Scholastic New Zealand
Old Hu-Hu by Kyle Mewburn Scholastic New Zealand
Ben and Mark: Boys of the High Country by Christine Fernyhough and John Bougen
Random House New Zealand
Hachette New Zealand Award for Best Non-illustrated Book
Sarah Laing (cover), Kate Barraclough (interior)
Dead People’s Music by Sarah Laing Random House New Zealand
Spencer Levine (cover and interior) Dee Murch (layout)
In a Word: The Essential Tool for Finding the Perfect Word by Mark Broatch
New Holland Publishers (NZ)
Keely O’Shannessy (cover), Katrina Duncan(interior)
Mirabile Dictu by Michele Leggott Auckland University Press
Random House New Zealand Award for Best Illustrated Book
Villa: From Heritage to Contemporary by Patrick Reynolds, Jeremy Hansen and
Jeremy Salmond Random House New Zealand
Spencer Levine (cover) and Katrina Duncan (interior)
Marti Friedlander by Leonard Bell Auckland University Press
The Life & Love of Trees by Lewis Blackwell PQ Blackwell
Pearson Award for Best Educational Book
Get Growing: A New Zealand Step-by-step Guide to Growing Your Own Vegetables
and Fruit by Helen Cook Random House New Zealand
Cheryl Rowe, Macarn Design
Geography on the Edge by Justin Peat and John Lockyear Cengage Learning
Book Design Ltd
Year 9 Graphics by Pail Bourdiot Cengage Learning
Pindar Award for Best Typography
Mission Hall (interior), Afineline (additional design and typesetting)
Art at Te Papa by William McAloon Te Papa Press
A Treasury of New Zealand Baking edited by Lauraine Jacobs Random House New Zealand
Wine Class: All You Need to Know about Wine in New Zealand by Jo Burzynska
Random House New Zealand
HarperCollins Publishers Award for Best Cover
As the Earth Turns Silver by Alison Wong Penguin Group (NZ)
Magpie Hall by Rachael King Random House New Zealand
A Beautiful Game by Tom Watt PQ Blackwell