2012 Archive Shortlist Illustrated Book

Random House New Zealand Award for
Best Illustrated Book

Shortlist 2012

Designer Keely O'Shannessy (cover), Katrina Duncan (interior)
Title A Micronaut in the Wide World by Gregory O'Brien
Publisher Auckland University Press
Format 248 x 200mm, 184pp, jacketed hardback with French folds, matt lamination, section sewn
Judges’ comments An attractive book which clearly took years to prepare. It lovingly showcases the work of a brilliant, and criminally little-known, New Zealand graphic artist.
Designer Peter Bray
Title De-Building by Justin Paton
Publisher Christchurch Art Gallery
Format 280 x 148mm, 104pp, silk-screened, uncoated box board, exposed section-sewn binding
Judges’ comments It’s great to see such typographic brio, not to mention the ingenious use of paper stocks and exposed, stitched spine. The exhibition theme ‘De-building’ is perfectly expressed in this exquisite use of materials.
Designer Alan Deare, AREA design
Title Fleur by Fleur Sullivan
Publisher Random House New Zealand
Format 234mm x 153mm, 264pp, gatefold paperback, matt lamination with spot UV, section sewn
Judges’ comments A biography like this, with so many supplied images, can be a difficult project for a designer. The design of Fleur is consistent and considered, from paper stock to typography, and seems to suit the warm, unpretentious character of Fleur herself.

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