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2011 PANZ Book Design Awards

Gerard Reid Award for Best Book sponsored
by Nielsen Book Services


Hill & HoleDesigner Vasanti Unka
Title Hill and Hole by Kyle Mewburn and Vasanti Unka
Publisher Penguin Group (NZ)
Format 306 × 236mm, 32pp, paperback, gloss lamination, section sewn
Judges’ comments This quiet book of a hill and a hole becomes more luminous with every turn of the page. Each spread introduces a unique yet familiar visual landscape for the eye to feast on. The typography is clever, melding perfectly and never interfering with the rich, layered illustrations.

Awa Press Young Designer of the Year Award


Pieta Brenton

Pieta Brenton studied sculpture at Elam School of Fine Arts and graphic design at Unitec in Auckland. She started her career at the boutique studio Inhouse Design, where she worked for three years. She then worked in what she describes as ‘book heaven’ as the head designer at Random House New Zealand. Brenton is currently ‘in her dream job’ as a freelance book designer.

Photo: Deb Smith

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Category Winners

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HarperCollins Award for Best Cover

Lives of the Poets

Mary Egan Award for Best Typography

Stunning Debut of the Repairing of a Life

Random House New Zealand Award for Best Illustrated Book

Blue Smoke

Hachette New Zealand Award for Best Non-Illustrated Book

The Great Wrong War: New Zealand Society in WWI

Pearson Award for Best Educational Book

School Journal Part 3 Number 3 2010

Scholastic New Zealand Award for
Best Children’s Book

Hill & Hole

PANZ Book Design Awards Judges

Convening Judge Sharon Grace graduated from the graphic design course at Auckland Technical Institute (now AUT) in the 1980s, and has since worked exclusively in the publishing industry. She has a background in magazine design, having worked for various publications. Following a stint overseas, she spent five years as art director at Next magazine from its inception until 1996, before becoming a freelance magazine and book designer. She has received a number of award nominations for her work and won the Best Typography award in the Spectrum Print Awards in 1999. Sharon was a judge of the Awa Press Young Designer of the Year Award in 2009.
Paul Little is a freelance writer, editor and speaker. He has a varied background in the media industry, having worked as an editor of several magazines, including Metro, New Zealand Listener and Heritage. He has also written and produced for radio and television; his credits include The Billy T James Show and several reality shows. More recently, he has (ghost)written (auto)biographies for subjects as diverse as Willie Apiata, Temuera Morrison, Ray Avery and Paul Henry. Paul is currently the books editor for North and South magazine and has a weekly book review slot on Newstalk ZB's Holmes show.
Eden Potter is a visual communications designer and educator. Her professional background is in corporate identity and publication design. As a senior designer, she has worked on magazines, books, reports and other print material in studios in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Her interest in visual communication was fostered at an early age by creating illustrated records of the various places she lived as a child and mapping classmates’ relationships. Alongside her current teaching practice, Eden has undertaken research and work in information design and recently completed an MA thesis on this subject.


Awa Press Young Designer of the Year Judges

Dexter Fry is a freelance designer and illustrator. He trained in design and illustration in the United Kingdom and moved to New Zealand when he was 21 years old. He started his design career working on magazines, but it wasn’t long before he became primarily focused on book design. For the past 15 years, Fry has worked with many New Zealand publishers, including HarperCollins (NZ), Penguin Books (NZ) and New Holland (NZ), designing a wide variety of books. He was a judge of the Awa Press Young Designer of the Year Award in 2010.­
Sue Reidy is a full-time corporate writer and project manager who is involved with graphic designers on a regular basis, briefing and supervising their work. This follows many years working as a graphic designer and illustrator and as a design tutor at Auckland University of Technology and Unitec. She is also an internationally published novelist and a short story writer, poet and painter. Her novel The Visitation was shortlisted in the 1997 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. She has also won the BNZ Katherine Mansfield Award and the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship.

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