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Books, Design and Culture

July 20, 2017
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50 Books / 50 Covers Winners 2016

AIGA and Design Observer announced the results of the 2016 50 Books | 50 Covers competition while I was on vacation. You can find all the book selections here, and the cover selections here. I always look forward 50 Books | … Continue reading

June 28, 2017
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ABDA Awards Interview

I talked to the Australian Book Design Association about book cover design and judging this year’s ABDA Awards: I think we’re seeing a more global approach to covers as a result of publishers deciding to hold on to the international … Continue reading

May 29, 2017
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Australian Book Design Awards Winners 2017

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2017 Australian Book Design Awards, which were announced on Friday in Sydney. I was honoured to be the international judge this year (even if some of my favourite covers didn’t win!).  

April 13, 2017
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Australian Book Design Awards 2017 Shortlist

The Australian Book Design Association just announced their Shortlist (PDF) for the 65th Australian Book Design Awards. Happily (if somewhat implausibly), I was asked to be the international judge this year (you can read about the other, imminently more qualified judges, here). As a … Continue reading

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

September 13, 2016
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Promotional Stickers for Novels

Tom Gauld‘s latest cartoon for The Guardian. It seems kind of appropriate for the day this year’s Man Booker Prize shortlist is announced…

July 1, 2016
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Penguin Random House Design Award Winners 2016

I’m a little bit late to this, but Penguin Random House UK recently announced the winners of their annual Design Award. The award, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, offers art and designs students first-hand experience real book cover … Continue reading

June 22, 2016
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50 Books / 50 Covers Winners 2015

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s 50 Books | 50 Covers competition organized by Design Observer in association with AIGA. All fifty winning books can be found here; the winning covers here.

June 10, 2016
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Australian Book Design Awards Catalogue 2016

Earlier this week I received a copy of the 2016 Australian Book Design Awards Catalogue designed by Alissa Dinallo. My photos don’t really do it justice, but it is a thing of beauty: You can buy a copy of the catalogue from … Continue reading

May 14, 2016
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Australian Book Design Awards Winners 2016

Congratulations to all the winners of the Australian Book Design Awards 2016 announced yesterday in Melbourne!   See all the winning designs on the ABDA website.

March 22, 2016
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Lead the Autobiographical Novelist to the Literary Prize

Tom Gauld on Karl Ove Knausgaard for The Guardian.

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

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