Penguin Random House New Zealand
Award for Best Illustrated Book 2017
Designer: Katrina Duncan, Auckland University Press (interior), Neil Pardington, Base Two (cover)
Title: Gottfried Lindauer’s New Zealand: The Māori Portraits
Publisher: Auckland University Press
Format: 310 x 206mm, 284pp, hardback, section-sewn with head & tail bands. Two paper stocks: Munken Pure for the essay sections, and 157gsm Hi-Q matt art with spot varnish for the plates. French-folded jacket, and endpapers printed with gold metallic ink on both sides. There are four different dust jackets with portraits representing different iwi.
Typography: cover and internals set in Tiempos, body text 8/14pt.
Judges’ Comments This is a beautiful book. The content is the hero here, and the designer has done everything to honour the art work: incredibly high production values, tasteful captioning, readable text and appropriate weighting of text and imagery across the spreads. Then, just when you think it’s good, the addition of different paper stock (for just the right reasons) makes it even better. Superb.