PANZ Young Designer of the Year Award
Judges’ Comments Kate blew us away with her versatile style and palette of fonts. She designs appropriately for the subject, in an accessible way that attracts readers. We loved the playful, quirky design of The Food Truck Cookbook, and felt she captured the brand perfectly in this design. The cover for Soon was a favourite, with the bright fonts working well over the modern image, making it really stand out. The Power of Us used beautiful typography, which let the photography shine. We felt all her books were strong and diverse.
Judges’ Comments Anna Egan-Reid has worked on a diverse range of books. The judges loved the pared back sensitivity of Pie, with the clean layout and use of textures. Love and Money showcases her illustration skill and versatility. We loved the outershell of Little and Friday, with the puffed case and retro look. The idea of using two different serifs in Converted Houses to symbolise the old to new theme throughout the book was a fresh take for an architecture book.
Carla Sy's background is in visual communication design, which she studied at Massey University, graduating with First Class Honours in 2009. She was determined to get into the book design industry, so she asked Random House to help her gain some work experience. For the following year, they took her under their wing and she has been working as one of their full time designers for three years. Carla says, ‘book design is one of the most interesting industries, where no two jobs are the same ... It’s such an intricate and developmental process, and I enjoy being a part of it.’
Judges’ Comments Carla’s portfolio showcased originality and creativity, from her handmade cover for Once Were Warriors to the pairing of fonts and painting for Letters of Frank Sargeson. She can sensitively design for classic and modern subjects, and shows versatility in the way she uses typefaces. Nadia’s Kitchen is a very fresh and modern design, and we love the way the recipes are structured and the uneven borders on the photography give it an edge. Carla has a real talent in making the dullest covers come to life.