A number of trade publishers have enjoyed success at the annual D&AD Awards, and will hope to win one of the body’s coveted Pencils at a prize ceremony on 26th April.
Design and Art Direction, better known as D&AD, was founded in 1962 by an esteemed group of British designers, and promotes excellence in design and advertising.
The awards’ Book Design category “recognises the design of books and covers for print and digital formats”, and Pan Macmillan and Bloomsbury both triumphed in its Trade Covers section. The former was recognised for its Pan 70 Anniversary series of covers, which rejacket classic Pan titles in line with the traditions of mid-century Swiss graphic design, with a minimal look and strict adherence to a grid, rendered in three Pantone colours. The series was designed by Justine Anweiler, who was awarded a Wood Pencil in 2016 for her cover design for Lucia Berlin’s A Manual For Cleaning Women. Bloomsbury’s Greg Heinimann was the category’s other winner, recognised for his cover design for Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race. The striking monochrome text-based cover uses debossed lettering for ‘to White People’ to create a memorable and provocative jacket.
In its Children’s and Young Adult Books category, The Folio Society’s edition of The Hundred and One Dalmatians by Dodie Smith, encased in a spotted slipcase, won out; while Phaidon Press’ The Art of the Erotic was a winner in the Culture, Art & Design Covers category. Penguin imprint Particular Books was another trade publisher winner; its This is Me, Full Stop., designed by Here Design, was successful in the Illustrated Books & Graphic Novels section.
The jury comprised Sheri Gee, art director at the Folio Society; Anders Bergesen, co-founder and creative director of Superultraplus design studio; illustrator Tom Gauld; Hailer Brun co-founder Sonja Haller; Here Design creative partner Caz Hildebrand; Orion’s creative director Lucie Striker; and Foreign Policy Design Group principal Yah-Leng Yu.