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March 3, 2017
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ABCD Award Winners 2017

The winners of the annual Academy of British Cover Design (ABCD) Awards were announced at a glittering ceremony London in last night. The dashing Danny Arter has a posted a full report on the proceedings at The Bookseller. You can see all … Continue reading

March 16, 2016
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Making It Up: The Bookseller Interviews Mr Keenan and Gray318

I love this Bookseller interview with designers Jamie Keenan and Jon Gray, co-founders of the Academy of British Cover Design (among other things): ABCD tends to recognise and reward brave, striking and fresh approaches, rather than more “conventional” cover aesthetics. I … Continue reading

March 4, 2016
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ABCD Award Winners 2016

Congratulations to all the winners and shortlisted covers at the third annual Academy of British Cover Design Awards! Make sure you read Daniel Benneworth-Gray‘s report on last night’s “shindig” at the Creative Review, but in the meantime, all the winning designs are below: Children’s The Fox and the Star, written, … Continue reading

March 6, 2015
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ABCD Award Winners 2015

Congratulations to all the winners at last night’s Academy of British Cover Design Awards! Children’s Shh! We Have a Plan by Chris Haughton; design by Chris Haughton (Walker Books / March 2014) Young Adult Spiders by Tom Hoyle; design by Rachel … Continue reading

January 12, 2015
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2015 Design Awards

Happy New Year! Now that all the amateur ‘best of 2014’ lists are out of the way, it’s time for the professionals submit their covers to the actual design competitions. Last week 50 Books / 50 Covers opened for entries. Meanwhile the … Continue reading

December 1, 2014
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ABCD 2015

As I am still working on my 2014 cover posts, it seems like a good time to let you know that the Academy of British Cover Design (ABCD) has announced its second annual cover design competition. The competition is open to … Continue reading

March 7, 2014
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The Academy of British Cover Design Winners

The Academy of British Cover Design held its inaugural awards ceremony last night. The competition was open to any cover produced for a book published between January 1 and December 31 2013 by a designers based in the UK. Here are … Continue reading

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