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Anssi Arte

Forms of Rockin´ - Graffiti Letters and Popular Culture

Published by Dokument Press
Printed and bound by Drukarnia Dimograf Sp. z o.o.
Reproduced by Anssi Arte
Graphic design andillustration Anssi Arte
Paper Geltex Bianco Nieve 111 130 g, Amber Graphic 150 g
Typeface Helvetica Neue, Frankfurter Highlight

Parallel look into graffiti lettering and popular culture is the topic, and the resulting book is completely believable and true to its subject. Layout uses two columns and two colours in a clear and illustrative way. The development of form is clarified with splendid time-lines and flourishing illustrations. This textbook is far cry from dullness

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Lasse Kylänpää

Linnuntie - Kesäntuojien kesytön muuttomatka

Published by Maahenki Oy
Printed and bound by Bookwell Oy
Reproduced by Petri Kuokka / Aarnipaja Ky
Graphic design Riikka Löytökorpi
Photography Lasse Kylänpää
Paper Munken Pure
Typeface Bembo Regular, Bembo Semibold

Breathtakingly dashing pictures tell the story of birds in migration, and set the fowls in surrounding landscape and moments in time. They have been given the space necessary to open and interact. Jurors would have been happy to have the same organic colourfullness extend to the covers which now were a bit gray and ordinary.

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Prisca Leclerc

Tarte tatin - Suuri ranskalainen keittokirja

Published by Cozy Publishing
Printed, reproduced and bound by Livonia Print
Graphic design Enni Koistinen
Photography Viola Virtamo, Ulla-Maija Lähteenmäki
Paper Munken Pure
Typeface Domaine

French cuisine is a pleasure, even when on pages of a book. The standard of a genre is so high at the moment, that it needs an exceptional book to enter the selection of the most beautiful. The flyleaves in Tarte tatin take the reader to a historical food journey that´s classic and uncluttered. Everything from photos to typography works in good taste.

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Richard McCormick - Kenneth Nars

The Sandro Cookbook

Published by Ramson Publishing Oy
Printed and bound by Bookwell Oy
Reproduced by Agency Leroy
Graphic design Janne Hänninen
Photography Staffan Sundström
Paper Munken Pure
Typeface Portrait, Neue Haas Grotesque, Harbour

Unashamedly retro, uncompromisingly relaxed is the Sandro Cookbook. Typography, base colours and portion pictures inserted in a funny way are a proof of cooking without snobbery. The book looks straight forward with no frills. Photos are rich, and uncompromising design a sign of both skill and care. Everything has a purpose.

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Jenni Petänen - Laura Mendelin

Letille - 60 kauneinta palmikkoa ja lettikampausta

Published by WSOY
Printed and bound by Livonia Print
Reproduced by Keski-Suomen Sivu Oy
Graphic design Riikka Turkulainen
Photography Laura Mendelin
Paper Amber Graphic 140 g/m2
Typeface Hand lettering, Filosofia OT, Alternate Gothic No 2 BT, Helvetica Neue

Romantic summer book for girls is both stylish and practical. Modern classic cover design opens a pleasant guide to the world of hair. For once the gatefolds are put in good use both visually and in function. Atmospheric pictures get their counterbalance through vignettes and bits of hand lettering. Some difficult braids could have been given more space in explanations, otherwise this is a really good guide.

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Jean Sibelius - Fabian Dahlström (toim./Ed.)

Päiväkirja 1909-1944

Published by The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland
Printed and bound by Bookwell Oy
Graphic design Antti Pokela
Paper Munken Lynx 100 g/m2
Typeface Lamar Pen, Arno, Chronicle Text

Everyone who has read diaries knows how muddled and incomprehensible the text mass can get. Sibelius diaries from 1909 to 1944 avoid the problem with deliciously red and green underlinings and original uncommon ways of marking. Careful consideration towards the reader carries all the way to the reference index.

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Mikko Takala - Sami Rekola - Tommi Anttonen

Street Food - Katuruokaa pallon ympäri

Published by Readme.fi Oy
Printed and bound by Bookwell Oy
Reproduced by Satu Kontinen / satukala graphic design
Graphic design Satu Kontinen / satukala graphic design
Photography Tommi Anttonen
Paper Amber 130 g/m2
Typeface Gotham Book, Gotham Medium, hand lettering

Food bible takes us travelling the street kitchens all over the world in consciously rough design. Convincing visual style holds together throughout. Hand-lettered titles fit well along the tempting food and kitchen photos. Red calico on the back and lacquer print on cover create a contrasting finesse, which does not hinder the reading of recipes.

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Sakke Yrjölä - Hannu Lehtonen - Kari Nyberg

Suomen kalat

Published by Kustannusosakeyhtiö Nemo
Printed and bound by Jelgavas Tipografia
Reproduced by Sakke Yrjölä
Graphic design Sakke Yrjölä
Photography Sakke Yrjölä, Hannu Lehtonen
Paper Scandia 2000 White 150 g/m2
Typeface Chaparral Semibold, Arno Regular

If this was a competition on book illustrations, we would have a strong candidate. The fishes of Sakke Yrjölä are amazingly colourful and exciting! However, some pictures cut nastily in the center when travelling across the spread, and the readability suffers from too wide a column. Yet this is one of the most charming and beautiful non-fiction books.

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