Penguin Random House New Zealand
Award for Best Illustrated Book 2017
Designer: Aaron Beehre
Title: Bad Hair Day
Publisher: Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetu
Format: 220 x 170mm, 116pp, stitched and section sewn with reverse quarter binding with exposed box board and rounded corners. Title and imprint screen printed in white. Typography: National 10pt type on 15pt leading.
Judges’ Comments Bad Hair Day uses simplicity to strong effect. The images are the most important and so it took real discipline for the designer to take a step back and let the design provide a platform, not a show. Then again, the designer is not absent: the heavy card, rounded edges and simple fonts provide a playfulness that make it a book that doesn’t just display its subject but embodies it.