We are told not to judge a book by its cover, but a title's jacket performs an important role. It signals what is within, and it entices you to pick it from a shelf. Here's my picks for New Zealand's best book covers of 2015:
#1 First to the top by David Hill, illustrated by Phoebe Morris. This is a clever, cool picture book about Sir Edmund Hillary, and Phoebe's illustrations are so crisp and character-filled I kept going back and looking again. Find out more about Phoebe on the Penguin Random House website and visit Phoebe's website.
#2 Work by Sarah Jane Barnett. Why is it that books of poetry often have superfine covers? I don't know, but this typographic beauty is so strong and potent, I can't look away. Love that blast of yellow too. Find out more about Duncan Forbes' cover design work on Sarah Jane Barnett's blog.
#3 For someone I love: A collection of writing Blank. A joyously beautiful photo makes a brilliant book cover. This is Arapera Blank and her Swiss husband, photographer Pius Blank.
Here are some more of my favourites:
Plenty of titles make the most of New Zealand characters.
Artful, creative, eye-pleasing - here are volumes of poetry that capture attention.
Here's three bold covers, including a new picture book by Vasanti Unka.
Colours and patterns
Striking uses of colour and texture make for standout covers.
BWB texts - The book design of these texts is plain, but much like Penguin Books there is virtue in that simplicity. This distinctive design signifies the quality thinking to be found within.
- Best reads 2015
- Best book covers of 2014 – My pick of New Zealand’s finest
- Best book covers of 2013 – My pick of New Zealand’s finest
- The colourful book covers of 2012
- Best book covers of 2012 - New Zealand's finest
For more book cover and design, see the PANZ Book Design Awards.