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25 Award-Winning Book Designs

The Regional Design Annual has been released, and now it’s time to get ready for next year. Gain some design inspiration from these RDA-winning books. While you’re here, don’t miss the early bird deadline for the 2017 Regional Design Annual. Enter now!

In the meantime, enjoy this visual feast of award-winning designs.

1. Earthquakes, Mudslides, Fires & Riots: California & Graphic Design 1936–1986


LSD (Louise Sandhaus Design), Ojai, CA: Diana Murphy (creative director), Louise Sandhaus (creative director/art director), Caryn Aono, Jens Gehlhaar, Hayden Smith (designers); Metropolis Books (client)

2. Ethonomics

Vanderbyl Design, San Francisco; www.vanderbyl.com: Michael Vanderbyl (creative director/art director/designer), Malin Reedijk (designer), Brian Rea (illustrator), Steve Delfino, Penny Benda (writers); Teknion (client)

3. Freestyle


367 Design, San Francisco: Ryan Smith, Nick D’Amico (creative directors/art directors/designers), Glen Cordoza (photographer), Carl Paoli, Anthony Sherbondy (writers); Freestyle, Victory Belt Publishing (client)

4. Half Bad


Faceout Studio, Bend, OR; www.faceoutstudio.com: Charles Brock (creative director), Deborah Kaplan (art director), Tim Green (designer/photo illustrator), Getty Images, Shutterstock (photography); Viking/Penguin (client)

5. Paradigms for a New Narrative


Vanderbyl Design, San Francisco; www.vanderbyl.com: Michael Vanderbyl (creative director/art director/designer), Tori Koch (designer); Teknion (client)

6. Perfect Nonsense: The Chaotic Comics and Goofy Games of George Carlson

Fantagraphics Books Inc., Seattle; www.fantagraphics.com: Tony Ong (creative director/art director/designer), George Carlson (illustrator), Daniel Yezbick (writer); Daniel Yezbick (client)

7. Teknion Detail

Vanderbyl Design, San Francisco; www.vanderbyl.com: Michael Vanderbyl (creative director/art director/designer), Malin Reedijk (designer); Teknion (client)

8. A Muse and a Maze: Writing as Puzzle, Mystery and Magic

Trinity University Press, San Antonio, TX; www.tupress.org: Sarah Nawrocki, Barbara Ras, ALSO Design (creative direction), Jenny Volvovski, Julia Rothman (art directors/designers, ALSO Design); Trinity University Press (client)

9. The Making of Gone With the Wind


University of Texas Press, Austin, TX: Derek George (creative director/art director/designer), Steve Wilson, Robert Osborne (writers); University of Texas Press—Harry Ransom Center (client)

10. Notes From A Kitchen Volume Three

Tatroux LLC, Austin, TX; www.notesfromakitchen.com: Jeff Scott (creative director/art director/designer/photographer/writer), Kara Myrick (designer); Tatroux LLC (client)

11. Puffin In Bloom Book Covers


Rifle Paper Co., Winter Park, FL; www.riflepaperco.com: Kristin Logsdon (creative director), Anna Bond (art director/designer/illustrator); Puffin Books (client)

12. The Southern Living Community Cookbook

Oxmoor House, Birmingham, AL; www.oxmoorhouse.com: Felicity Keane (creative director), Christopher Rhoads (art director), Melissa Clark (designer), Sara Mulvanny (illustrator), Iain Bagwell, Hélène Dujardin, Jim Bathie, Becky Stayner (photographers), Sheri Castle (writer); Southern Living/Time Inc. (client)

13.  Kiddie Cocktails Book


Mister Retro, Eau Claire, WI; www.misterretro.com: Stuart Sandler (creative director/art director/designer/writer), Derek Yaniger (creative director/art director/designer/ illustrator); Korero Press (client)


14. Dickens Book Cover Series


Kathy Mueller Design & Art Direction, Philadelphia; www.kmuellerdesign.com: Jason Kernevich (creative director), Kathy Mueller (art director/designer); Kathy Mueller Design & Art Direction (client)

15. Edgar Allan Poe Stories & Poems


Spur Design, Baltimore; www.spurdesign.com: David Plunkert (creative director/art director/designer/illustrator); Rockport Publishers (client)

16. Xan Fielding Book Set


21xdesign, Broomall, PA; www.21xdesign.com: Dermot Mac Cormack (creative director/art director/designer), Patricia McElroy (art director), Anthony DeLuca (designer/illustrator), Xan Fielding (writer); 21xdesign (client)

17. Abbott Miller: Design and Content


Pentagram; www.pentagram.com: Abbott Miller (creative director/art director/designer/writer), Kim Walker (designer); Princeton Architectural Press (client)

18. The Art of Discovery (Rizzoli)

We Live Type & Design; www.welivetype.com: Nancy Rouemy (creative director/art director/designer), Jeff Vespa (photographer), Robin Bronk (editor); The Creative Coalition and Renaissance Hotels (client)

19. The Book of Stranger

Stranger & Stranger; www.strangerandstranger.com: Stranger & Stranger (creative direction/art direction/design); Stranger & Stranger (client)

20. The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami


Mingovits Design; www.mingovits.com: Victor Mingovits (creative director/art director/designer); University of Minnesota Press (client)

21. The Grapes of Wrath 75th Anniversary Deluxe Edition


Viking: Paul Buckley (creative director), Jason Ramirez (art director), Michael Schwab Studio (design/illustration); Viking (client)

22. Hair


Pentagram; www.pentagram.com: Abbott Miller (creative director/art director/designer), Yoon-Young Chai (designer), David Sims (photographer), Guido Palau, Andrew Bolton, Tim Blanks (writers); Rizzoli (client)

23. Note-by-Note Cooking: The Future of Food


Columbia University Press; www.cup.columbia.edu: Julia Kushnirsky (creative director), Vin Dang (art director/designer/photographer), Alexia Galati, Christos Hadjistylianou (food stylists); Columbia University Press (client)

24. The Steampunk User’s Manual


Hardscrabble Projects; www.hardscrabbleprojects.com: Galen Smith (creative director/art director/designer); Abrams Books (client)

25. Waiting for the Electricity


Overlook Press; www.overlookpress.com: Anthony Morais (creative director/art director/designer); Overlook Press (client)

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