The Most Beautiful Books of the Year
HomeFinnish book art committeeEvaluation principlesJuryPress releaseContact

Evaluation Principles

The Committee focuses its evaluation on typographic characteristics, materials, technical realisation and overall impression of the layout.

Typographic characteristics

  • overall typographic attributes
  • typographic realisation, for example the choice of typeface
  • consistency of layout
  • typesetting
  • quality of typesetting technique
  • readability


  • overall layout attributes
  • structure, rhythm and artistic approach
  • compatibility of stylistic and narrative means with the subject matter


  • the use of illustrations
  • quality of illustrations
  • layout of illustrations
  • appearance and narrative qualities of the illustrations


  • transparency
  • shade, surface treatment and quality of paper
  • appropriateness for the respective purpose of use

Reproduction, printing, colour reproduction

  • printing quality in text and image printing
  • uniformity of colour reproduction


  • the choice of binding type and material, their compatibility with one another and with the usage purpose of the book
  • quality of binding realisation

Overall impression

  • balance of contents and design
  • appropriateness of the book´s shape and technical realisation
  • images, illustrations and the book jacket as complementary factors to the overall impression
  • stylistic appropriateness with regards to the contents
  • innovativeness of the realisation

/ TO TOPEvaluation principles