We don’t exactly judge a book by its cover here at the Wheeler Centre … but we do appreciate a good-looking book cover, nonetheless.
The Australian Publishers' Association celebrates the best in Australian cover design once a year, with the APA Design Awards. This year’s winners were announced last week; here’s some of them.
Best Designed Book of the Year
Love Lace: Powerhouse Museum International Lace Award, Powerhouse Publishing, designed by Toko.
Best Designed Cover of the Year
The Art of Pasta, Lucio Galletto & David Dale, Penguin, designed by Daniel New, artist Luke Sciberras.
Young Designer of the Year
Hannah Robinson for And Red Galoshes, pictured, Glenda Millard & Jonathan Bentley, Hardie Grant; The Elegant Art of Falling Apart, Jessica Jones, Hachette; Wide Open Road, Tony Davis, ABC Books; and Chasing Odysseus, S.D. Gentill, Pantera Press.
Best Designed Children’s Cover of the Year
August, Bernard Beckett, Text, designed by W.H. Chong and Susan Miller.
Best Designed Fiction Book
Love in the Years of Lunacy, Mandy Sayer, A&U, designed by Emily O'Neill.
Best Designed Non-Fiction Book
Hiroshima Nagasaki, Paul Ham, HarperCollins, designed by Matt Stanton and HarperCollins Design Studio.
Best Designed Literary Fiction Book
Foal’s Bread, Gillian Mears, A&U, designed by Sandy Cull, gogoGinko, and Yolande Gray.
Best Designed General Illustrated Book
The Flight Attendant’s Shoe, Prudence Black, NewSouth, designed by Di Quick.
Best Designed Children’s Fiction Book
Alaska, Sue Saliba, Penguin, designed by Allison Colpoys.
Best Designed Children’s Picture Book
Ben & Duck, Sara Acton, Scholastic, designed by Nicole Stofberg.
Best Designed Children’s Series
Star League 1: Lights, Camera, Action Hero!, H.J. Harper, Random House, designed by Nahum Ziersch and Astred Hicks, Design Cherry.
The full list of winners is available at Bookseller and Publisher online.
In the first of a new event series on the art of book design, multi-award-winning cover designer W.H. Chong will present an illustrated talk on how he turned much-loved Australian classics into art for Text Publishing’s Australian Classics series.
Beautiful Books: How To Design an Australian Classic with W.H. Chong will be held at the Wheeler Centre on Thursday 31 May at 6.15pm. Free, but please book.
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