Tonight has been a night of wins for Alan Deare of Area Design, whose bright and bold treatment of On Song: Stories Behind New Zealand’s Pop Classics earned him The Gerard Reid Award for Best Book at the PANZ Book Design Awards.
Judges called the book a true celebration of New Zealand’s pop classics, saying it was, “bold, brash, colourful and entertaining.” They also praised the typography and cohesive use of colour.
And the accolades didn’t end there for Deare. His wins on the night also included Best Illustrated Book for On Song, Best Cookbook for Hunter from the Heartland: Recipes & Stories from Masterchef Favourite Cameron Petley, and Best Typography for Hunter from the Heartland.
Kate Barraclough won the Young Designer of the Year Award and was praised for her versatile style and palette of fonts, which
blew the judges away.
“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,” said the judges.
After a lucky break scoring a role as junior designer at Random House New Zealand, Barraclough is now freelancing from a shared space based on K’Road, Auckland.
Scott Crickett was the designer behind The Auckland University Press Anthology of New Zealand Literature, which was awarded Best Cover. The judges thought that Crickett’s concept was “unusual” with plenty of “subtleties” to explore, and this clearly struck a winning cord with them. The judges also gave the book the Hachette New Zealand Award for Best Non-Illustrated Book.
Other awards from the night included the Pearson Award for Best Educational Book, which went to Essential Maths and Stats for Higher Education designed by Cheryl Rowe and Cameron Gibb (cover). Designers Ali Teo and John O’Reilly’s Melu took out the Scholastic New Zealand Award for Best Children’s Book.
The awards ceremony took place in Auckland at the Gus Fisher Gallery.