A team of judges poured over more than 135 submissions for this year’s PANZ Book Design Awards. Judges say that picking the standouts from such a strong field came down to the details, whether it was the legibility of the typography, formatting, or the book’s usability in terms of being easy to hold and read. The shortlist also shows the breadth and depth of creativity in the New Zealand publishing industry. There are books from publishers right across the mōtu, spanning university presses, independent publishers, multi-nationals and self-publishers.
The finalists are as follows for the Lift Education Award for Best Education Book or Series — Secondary/Tertiary:
- Social Policy Practice and Processes in Aotearoa New Zealand edited by Graham Hassall and Girol Karacaoglu
(Massey University Press). Cover designed by Tim Denee. Interior designed by Megan van Staden
- Tūtira Mai: Making change in Aotearoa New Zealand edited by David Belgrave and Giles Dodson (Massey
University Press). Designed by Kate Barraclough, Kate Frances Design
The judges now face the difficult task of narrowing down the winners of the 10 categories and selecting the Gerard Reid Award for Best Book sponsored by Nielsen Book. The winners will be announced at a special ceremony in Auckland on 22 September where attendees will be able to vote for the Booksellers Aotearoa New Zealand People’s Choice Award.