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Book Design Award Winners

Book Design Award Winners

Craig Potton Publishing is the big winner in the 2003 Spectrum Print Book Design Awards.

Colin McCahon: A Question of Faith, edited by Maja Bloem and Martin Browne, was judged Best Book, and was also given the award for Best Typography.

Colin McCahon: A Question of Faith was jointly designed by Craig Potton Publishing’s Managing Director, Robbie Burton, and designer Jo Williams, of Nimbus Advertising. Both firms are based in Nelson.

The recipient of the award for Best Use of Illustration, Landforms: The shaping of New Zealand, by Les Molloy and Roger Smith, is also published by Craig Potton Publishing, and designed by Robbie Burton.

The award for Best Cover went to Wellington designer Sarah Maxey for Dog, by C.K. Stead, published by Auckland University Press.

Robbie Burton is currently attending a professional publishing course at Stanford University, and is unable to receive the awards in person.

The winners of the Spectrum Print Book Design Awards are announced in Christchurch on the evening of Sunday 21 July. Judged by bookselling and design professionals, the awards cover the categories of Typography, Cover Design and Illustration, culminating in Best Book. This year 188 entries were received from 25 publishers.

This annual competition is the only event where the publishing industry recognises the work of book designers. The judges, Hamish Meikle, Senior Lecturer in Design at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Art, and Kay Buisman, Whitcoulls Christchurch Regional Sales Manager, looked for books with design features appropriate to their audience, showing flair, imagination and innovation.

Full details on the winners follow:

Best Book Winner Title: Colin McCahon: A Question of Faith Edited by Maja Bloem and Martin Browne Designed Jo Williams, Robbie Burton Cover design and interior design by Jo Williams Published Craig Potton Publishing

Highly Commended Title: Max Gimblett Artwork by Max Gimblett, text by Wystan Curnow and John Yau Designed by Arch MacDonnell (Inhouse Design) Published by Gow Langsford Gallery and Craig Potton Publishing Highly Commended Title: Spirit in a Strange Land: A Selection of New Zealand Spiritual Verse Edited by Harry Ricketts, Paul Morris and Michael Grimshaw Designed by Emma Hayes and Arch McDonnell (Inhouse Design) Published by Godwit

Best Cover Winner Title: Dog By CK Stead Designed by Sarah Maxey Published by Auckland University Press

Highly Commended Best Cover Title: Gretchen Albrecht: Illuminations By Ron Brownson Designed Arch McDonnell (Inhouse Design) Published by Godwit

Highly Commended Best Cover Title: Spirit in a Strange Land: A Selection of New Zealand Spiritual Verse Edited by Harry Ricketts, Paul Morris and Michael Grimshaw Designed by Emma Hayes and Arch McDonnell (Inhouse Design) Published by Godwit

Best Typography Winner Title: Colin McCahon: A Question of Faith Edited by Maja Bloem and Martin Browne Designed by Jo Williams, Robbie Burton Cover design and Interior Design by Jo Williams Published by Craig Potton Publishing

Highly Commended Best Typography Title: The Ruth Pretty Cookbook By Ruth Pretty, Photographs by Murray Lloyd Designed by Seven Published by Penguin Books NZ

Highly Commended Best Typography Title: Spirit in a Strange Land: A Selection of New Zealand Spiritual Verse Edited by Harry Ricketts, Paul Morris and Michael Grimshaw Designed by Emma Hayes and Arch McDonnell (Inhouse Design) Published by Godwit

Best Use of Illustration Winner Title: Landforms: The shaping of New Zealand By Les Molloy and Roger Smith Designed by Robbie Burton Published by Craig Potton Publishing

Highly Commended Best Use of Illustration Title: Tikity-boo! Duffy’s fifth Anthology of Children’s Writing and Illustration Designed by Iain Campbell Published by Learning Media

Highly Commended Best Use of Illustration Title: Harry Hobnail and the Pungapeople By Barry Crump Illustrated by Donovan Bixley Designed by Nick Turzynski Published by Hodder Moa Beckett

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