Jaipur, 21 January 2017: The Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize is a first of its kind award for brilliance in book design, an attempt by the iconic bookstore to recognize and encourage the extraordinary work of illustrators, designers and publishers throughout India.
Renowned designer, Pinaki De was felicitated with the prestigious award by eminent jury members Alka Pandey, Aman Nath and Namita Gokhale for the cover for Kalkatta by Kunal Basu. This is the second edition of the award which is an initiative of the iconic bookstore to recognize and encourage the extraordinary work of illustrators, designers and publishers throughout India.
The important new prize appreciates the balance of graphics and narrative, particularly in our increasingly visual age, and believes that a book cover interprets and decodes the ensuing text in crucial ways that contribute to its ultimate success.
The distinguished jury members are all preeminent in their particular fields and share a love and commitment to books and reading. These are Priti Paul Director, Apeejay Surrendra Group and the creative force behind the Oxford Bookstores, Namita Gokhale author, publisher and festival director, Aman Nath India’s leading heritage hotelier and architectural restorer, Alka Pande, leading art critic and curator and Dayanita Singh, prominent figure in contemporary Indian photography and bookmaking.
The Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize is a first of its kind award for brilliance in book design, an attempt by the iconic bookstore to recognize and encourage the extraordinary work of illustrators, designers and publishers across India. Under the guidance of Ms. Priti Paul, Director, Apeejay Surrendra Group, Oxford Bookstores has been pushing all boundaries to encourage the publishing industry and celebrate the business of books. Standout cover design is an integral part of the success of a book, designers and illustrators play a vital role in helping a book become emblematic and create recall.
The final award winning cover was announced at the Jaipur Book Mark, which is the books and publishing segment of the Zee Jaipur Literature Festival, on January 21st January, 2017 at Diggi Palace Hotel. The event also presented a session titled ‘Design and Graphic Identity: The Print and Digital Imagination’. The session, moderated by Lolita Dutta, was curated to discuss the importance of covers, images, text and typefaces in bringing narratives to life in print and electronic media and the future of design in a digital era. The panel in conversation Alka Pande, Aman Nath, Margarita Guerrero and Namita Gokhale discussed the topic in the presence of artists, publishers and art curators from across the world.
The Jury Panel in their citation said “ Designer Pinaki De Novel by Kunal Basu , published by Picador India wins the Oxford Bookstore Book Cover Prize 2017 for its powerful imagery , depicting the quintessential street spirit of Kolkatta, its illustrative tradition and graphic modernity, choosing black and white with the extremes of the politics of economy.”
Pinaki De was awarded with a certificate, a trophy and the prize money cheque. A vibrant display of the shortlisted entries was also held at Diggi Palace Hotel Jaipur.
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