2013 Archive Shortlist Best Illustrated

Random House New Zealand Award for Best Illustrated Book

Shortlist 2013

OnSong_CVRDesigner Alan Deare
(Area Design)

Title On Song: Stories Behind New Zealand’s Pop Classics
by Simon Sweetman

Publisher Penguin Group
Format 260 x 210mm, 240pp, hardback, section sewn, head and tail bands
Judges' Comments A book to truly celebrate New Zealand pop classics: bold, brash, colourful and entertaining. The typography shouts eloquently from the pages, and the sometimes challenging use of solid colours brings it
all together.
BigSmallHouse_coverDesigner Fiona Lascelles
Title Big House Small House: New Homes by New Zealand Architects by John Walsh and Patrick Reynolds
Publisher Random House
Format 260 x 300mm, 432pp, hardback
Judges' Comments This huge book (432 pages) is a perfect example of well-executed book design. It maintains an interest and pace without favouring one project over another. It’s designed for the audience but the design never gets in
the way.
CoverDesigner Margaret Cochran
Title Buller’s Birds of New Zealand: The Complete Work of JG Keulemans by Geoff Norman
Publisher Te Papa Press
Format 360 x 270mm, 260pp, hardback with slip case, cloth covered, de-bossed, gold-gilded pages, head and tail bands, ribbon
Judges' Comments A wonderful book with very high production values harking back to classical publishing. Gilt edges, slip case and large format bring this package together beautifully.
Designer Greg Simpson
(Greg Simpson Design)

Title An Indescribable Beauty: Letters Home to Germany from Wellington, New Zealand 1859 and 1862 by Friedrich August Krull
Publisher Awa Press
Format 180 x 170mm, 144pp, hardback, quarterbound, uncoated cover with spot UV
Judges' Comments An interesting little book – the design delivers on the classic adventure story that it tells. The typographic detailing and layouts are wonderfully appropriate.
roughnotes300dpiDesigner Duncan Munro, photography by
Anne Noble

Title These Rough Notes by Bill Manhire, Anne Noble,
Norman Meehan, and Hannah Griffin

Publisher Victoria
University Press

Format 210 x 210mm, 64pp, hardback,
section sewn

Judges' Comments In almost diametric opposition to On Song: These Rough Notes takes the austerity of Antarctica and brings it together with beautiful restraint. The simplicity and minimalism means every element needs to work in concert to maintain a pace that complements and joins the varied material.

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