The Best Book Covers and Designs of 2012

BDA2012_Banner_150 The winners of the Australian Publishers Association (APA) Book Design Awards have been announced at the Sydney Writers' Festival.

W H Chong and Susan Miller took out the prize for Best Designed Children’s Cover of the Year as well as Best Designed Young Adult Book for their beautiful rendition of Bernard Beckett’s August (which was also one of our favourite covers of 2011). The brilliant Sandy Cull of gogoGinko and Yolande Gray also received an award for Best Designed Literary Fiction for Gillian Mears’s Foal’s Bread.

The full list of winners are as follows - congratulations to all!

Best Designed Book of the Year (and Best Designed Specialist Illustrated Book)

Love Lace: Powerhouse Museum International Lace Award (Powerhouse Publishing), designed by Toko Lovelace-designawards-web

Best Designed Cover of the Year (and Best Designed Cookbook)

The Art of Pasta by Lucio Galletto & David Dale (Penguin), designed by Daniel New artofpasta-APA-web

Young Designer of the Year

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





Best Designed Children’s Cover of the Year (and Best Designed Young Adult Book)

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


Best Designed Fiction Book

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


Best Designed Literary Fiction

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


Best Designed General Illustrated Book

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


Best Designed Children’s Fiction Book

Alaska by 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 by Sara Acton (Scholastic), designed by Nicole Stofberg


Best Designed Children’s Series

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


Best Designed Reference and Scholarly Book

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


Other winners also include:

Best Designed Primary Education Book: Life Cycles of Australian Animals: Echidna by Greg Pyers (Pearson), designed by Glen McClay and Nikola Kyle

Best Designed Secondary Education Book: Oxford Big Ideas Australian Curriculum, Mathematics 8 by 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 by Barnum et al (McGraw-Hill), designed by Astred Hicks and Emily and John Gregory, Principles of Microeconomics, 5th edition by Gans et al (Cengage), designed by Leigh Ashforth and Olga Lavecchia.