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HUIA designer wins PANZ award


Sam Bunny, a young Māori designer working at HUIA Publishers, has won the Best Educational Book Design award at the Publishers Association of NZ 2012 Book Design Awards for the book 'He Kōrero - Words Between Us' by Alison Jones and Kuni Jenkins.

Of Ngāti Tuwharetoa descent, Sam has been designing at HUIA Publishers for just over a year and has found the work liberating.

"Working at Huia has given me a lot of freedom when it comes to designing" said Sam. "I like to push the boundaries of what is expected to give a different perspective on things."

A graduate of the Eastern Institute of Technology in Hawkes Bay, Sam moved to Wellington to work with Capiche Design before moving to HUIA. "I came to Huia with little knowledge of the publishing industry, but this last year I've gained a valuable insight into the discipline and a deeper understanding of book design."

Sam has also worked on other award-winning books at HUIA including 'Rāhui' which won the NZ Post Children's Book Award for Best Picture Book and 'The Scent of Apples' which won a gold medal in the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards (the 'IPPYs') in New York.

Only 23 years of age and at the start of a promising career, Sam is having fun exploring what can be done with graphic design. "What I really enjoy about Huia is being able to collaborate with creative people such as our writers, illustrators, photographers and designers and to see the final outcome".

More of Sam's individual style can be seen at his own website "which I made when I was studying and haven't updated in a while",

Might be time to add an Awards heading to the website menu.