There’s nothing like the irresistible allure of a beautifully made book, and entries for the 2021 PANZ Book Design Awards show New Zealanders have never had so many to choose from.
With nearly 150 submissions received for this year’s awards, the four judges faced a real challenge when it came to settling on a shortlist.
The increase in entries was especially evident in the submissions for the Allen & Unwin Award for Best Commercial Book for Adults and the Upstart Press Award for Best Non-Illustrated Book, both of which attracted a significant increase in entries, showcasing a range of books from the minimalist to the extravagant.
A fair amount of type-spotting went on, with judges considering everything from binding methods and cloth choices to illustrative styles and visual rhythm.
The extremely high standard of entries made for some robust discussions and difficult decisions, but ultimately the judges agreed on the clear stand-out titles for this year’s shortlist, even if reaching a verdict meant they had to reschedule their flights home as discussion raged into the night.
Convening judge Simon Waterfield said: “Designers lavished a high level of care and detail in service of these beautiful books – with the level of collaboration from editorial and design through to print and print-finishing clearly evident.”
The profile of the PANZ Book Design Awards has grown year on year, with increasing submissions and large attendance numbers at the Awards ceremony, it is a highlight of the publishing calendar. This year’s winners will be named on Thursday 23 September in Auckland, where the Gerard Reid Award for Best Book sponsored by Nielsen Book will also be revealed. Plus, attendees will be able to vote for the Booksellers Aotearoa New Zealand People’s Choice Award.
The following day, the industry’s design talent will gather for the PANZ Book Design Workshop, an opportunity to network with peers, dissect the previous evening’s awards ceremony and engage in fascinating panel discussions led by leading book designers.
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