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D&AD Pencil Winning Examples of Novel Book Design

From Sense and Sensibility to Nineteen Eighty-Four, we’ve thumbed through the pages of our Awards Archive to bring you ten awe-inspiring and award winning book design examples. 

Thirteen

Thirteen, the debut novel from author Tom Hoyle, is a gripping thriller about a boy targeted by a murderous cult leader. The cover design is intended to be iconic, confident, mysterious, and reflective of the lonely countdown of survival portrayed within the story. By limiting the information and using all sides of the physical book, the book's exterior is just as cryptic as what's inside

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Nineteen Eighty-Four

Award: Yellow Pencil / Book Design / Book Front Covers / 2014
Agency: Type as Image

Following the success of ‘Penguin’s Great Ideas’ range, the ‘Great Orwell’ series was commissioned with the same design principles in mind: using typography as the primary form of expression, making reference to printing styles contemporary to the writing. Each cover makes use of two colours in addition to blindly-debossed elements.

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The Death of Bunny Munro

Award: Graphite Pencil / Book Design / Book Front Covers / 2010
Agency: Canongate Books Ltd

Bunny Munro is a salesman in search of soul. After the death of his wife, he does the only thing he can think of: with his young son in tow, he hits the road. On a journey that will take him to the devil and beyond, he is soon to discover his days are numbered… For Nick Cave’s first novel in twenty years, this signed, limited edition of 500 copies is presented in a beautiful flocked case that also contains a DVD. Gray318’s design echoes a Victorian funeral card, showcasing Polly Borland’s photography. The bunny motif on the box exterior is reminiscent of kitsch wallpaper from English seaside hotels.

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Puffin Designer Classics - The Secret Garden

Award: Wood Pencil / Book Design / Entire Books / 2011
Agency: Puffin Books

The Puffin Designer Classics are limited editions of six world-famous classic stories created by six leading design figures. They were published to mark the 70th anniversary of Puffin Books, with each designer chose their favourite children's classic. Puffin Books created bespoke books that are also beautiful objects, which look and feel wonderful and evoke the amazing stories they contain.

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F. Scott Fitzgerald

Award: Wood Pencil / Book Design / Book Front Covers / 2011
Agency: Penguin Group UK

To mark the 70th anniversary of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s death, Penguin Classics planned to publish hardback editions of six titles. The patterns evoke the jazz age of Fitzgerald’s stories, giving these books the elegance and glamour of the Art Deco period: the sense of ornate detail fused with the modernist aesthetic of mechanical repetition. The combination of metallic foil and matt paper gives a tactile enhancement to the reading experience. The type panel fits with the deco theme and is echoed on the detachable bookmarks.

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The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

Award: Wood Pencil / Book Design / Book Front Covers / 2011
Agency: Canongate Books

In ‘The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ’, Philip Pullman takes the accepted story of the Son of God and reinterprets it, so that Jesus Christ is split into two separate characters: Jesus (a good man) and his twin brother, Christ (a scoundrel). To echo this idea, the book was produced in good and scoundrel editions. Just as the book subverts the existing story, the design takes the typefaces, bookmarks and gold foil usually associated with the Bible and employs them in a new way.

Six Examples of Novel Book Design | D&AD
Six Examples of Novel Book Design | D&AD

Despair / Invitation to a Beheading / King Queen Knave / Pale Fire / Speak, Memory / The Luzhin Defense

Award: Wood Pencil / Book Design / Book Front Covers / 2010
Agency: John Gall
Client: Vintage Books

The brief was to redesign the covers for all of Vladimir Nabokov’s books. Aside from being a great writer, Nabokov was also a passionate butterfly collector. The idea for this series was to have a different designer illustrate each title using a butterfly specimen box, which they could fill using only paper and mounting pins.

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Six Examples of Novel Book Design | Nabokov Invitation to a Beheading | D&AD

Pride and Prejudice / Crime and Punishment / Jane Eyre / The Picture of Dorian Gray

Award: Wood Pencil / Book Design / Book Front Covers / 2009
Agency: Penguin Books

These are cloth-bound, jacketless hardbacks with a single matt foil stamped into the cover. The series uses a unifying grid system: each title has its own appropriate colour combination and repeating pattern. 'The Picture of Dorian Gray', for example, features a peacock feather design that picks up the book's themes of ego and superficiality, while its black and white palette suggests duality and references Aubrey Beardsley. The aim was to produce sumptuous, tactile books that evoke a rich heritage of bookbinding, while retaining a fresh appeal to modern readers; that both stand out in bookshops and have a longevity appropriate to their contents.

Six Examples of Novel Book Design | D&AD
Six Examples of Novel Book Design | Picture of Dorian Grey | D&AD

Tree of Codes

Award: Wood Pencil / Book Design / Entire Books / 2011
Agency: Visual Editions

In ‘Tree of Codes’, author Jonathan Safran Foer wrote a new narrative by carving it out of an existing book. The design brief was to make the die-cut text obvious, workable and readable, while maintaining an element of surprise to draw in literary, design and art audiences. Sara De Bondt worked closely with Foer to create a book that has the familiarity of a typical paperback, yet allows for a unique, tactile, and almost sculptural reading experience.

Six Examples of Novel Book Design | Tree of Codes | D&AD
Six Examples of Novel Book Design | Tree of Codes | D&AD

Transatlantic

Award: Wood Pencil / Book Design / Book Front Covers / 2015
Agency: Superultraplus Designstudio
Client: Cappelen Damm

The novel Transatlantic connects three historic eras and several protagonists together. For the cover, Superultraplus gave each of the three stories an individual visual language, reflecting every part of the book on the dust jacket. The different folding and materials help clarify the trisection structure of the book.

Transatlantic Colum McCann Ten Examples of Novel Book Design
Transatlantic Colum McCann Ten Examples of Novel Book Design

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