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APA Book Design Awards 2012 winners announced

The winners of this year’s Australian Publishers Association (APA) Book Design Awards were announced on Thursday 17 May in Sydney as part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF).

The winning titles in each of the categories are:

Best Designed Book of the Year

  • Love Lace: Powerhouse Museum International Lace Award (Powerhouse Publishing), designed by Toko


Best Designed Cover of the Year

  • The Art of Pasta (Lucio Galletto & David Dale, Penguin), designed by Daniel New


Young Designer of the Year

  • Hannah Robinson for And Red Galoshes (Glenda Millard & Jonathan Bentley, Hardie Grant), The Elegant Art of Falling Apart (Jessica Jones, Hachette), Wide Open Road (Tony Davis, ABC Books), and Chasing Odysseus (S D Gentill, Pantera Press).


Best Designed Children’s Cover of the Year

  • August (Bernard Beckett, Text), designed by W H Chong and Susan Miller


Best Designed Fiction Book

  • Love in the Years of Lunacy (Mandy Sayer, A&U), designed by Emily O’Neill


Best Designed Nonfiction Book

  • Hiroshima Nagasaki (Paul Ham, HarperCollins), designed by Matt Stanton and HarperCollins Design Studio


Best Designed Literary Fiction

  • Foal’s Bread (Gillian Mears, A&U), designed by Sandy Cull, gogoGinko, and Yolande Gray


Best Designed General Illustrated Book

  • The Flight Attendant’s Shoe (Prudence Black, NewSouth), designed by Di Quick


Best Designed Specialist Illustrated Book

  • Love Lace: Powerhouse Museum International Lace Award (Powerhouse Publishing), designed by Toko


Best Designed Cookbook

  • The Art of Pasta (Lucio Galletto &David Dale, Penguin), designed by Daniel New


Best Designed Children’s Fiction Book

  • Alaska (Sue Saliba, Penguin), designed by Allison Colpoys


Best Designed Children’s Nonfiction Book

  • Drawing Life for Kids: My Art Journal (Queensland Art Gallery), designed by Amy Moore and Sally Nall


Best Designed Children’s Picture Book

  • Ben & Duck (Sara Acton, Scholastic), designed by Nicole Stofberg


Best Designed Children’s Series

  • Star League 1: Lights, Camera, Action Hero! (H J Harper, Random House), designed by Nahum Ziersch and Astred Hicks, Design Cherry


Best Designed Young Adult Book

  • August (Bernard Beckett, Text), designed by WH Chong and Susan Miller


Best Designed Reference and Scholarly Book

  • Swainston’s Fishes of Australia (Roger Swainston, Penguin), designed by Clare Tice


Best Designed Primary Education Book

  • Pearson Library, Life Cycles of Australian Animals: Echidna (Greg Pyers, Pearson), designed by Glen McClay and Nikola Kyle


Best Designed Secondary Education Book

  • Oxford Big Ideas Australian Curriculum, Mathematics 8 (Nolan et al, OUP), designed by Sandi Dani and Trampoline, and Santiago Villamizar


Best Designed Higher Education and Tertiary Book (tied)

  • Graphic Design, Australian Style Manual (Barnum et al, McGraw-Hill), designed by Astred Hicks and Emily and John Gregory
  • Principles of Microeconomics, 5th edition (Gans et al, Cengage), designed by Leigh Ashforth and Olga Lavecchia


The awards were presented at a special event at the Powerhouse Museum, which is currently holding an exhibition celebrating 60 years of Australian book design. This year is the 60th anniversary of the APA Book Design Awards, and newly elected APA president Louise Adler congratulated the publishing industry for its support of book design in her welcome. The event was MC’d by television personality and author Clare Hooper, who delighted the audience by reading the first book she wrote and illustrated as a child.



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