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2014 Top Shelf Book Cover Design Winners:

Tuesday, October 21, 2014  
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Design Experts Choose 16 Book Covers as Industry’s Best of the Year


"The design gives such a clever window into the soul of the book.”
"The art really pulls the reader in. I can’t stop looking at it.”
"The care and craft here makes all the difference.”
"A simple and strong idea elegantly handled.”
"Incredibly appealing and accessible.”


Contact: Mark Kuyper, ECPA President/CEO, 480-966-3998,

October 21, 2014, Wheaton Ill. – The art and science of good book design was celebrated and honored today with the announcement of the top book designs of the year produced by Christian publishers. ECPA presented the Top Shelf Book Cover Awards among the industry’s design elite during a PUBu session at Wheaton College. "The Top Shelf program highlights book design excellence, intelligence and beauty, and we are grateful to all who participated in the program with their quality entries,” announced ECPA President/CEO Mark Kuyper. "We also thank Faceout Studio, Color House Graphics, and the 2014 judges for hundreds of volunteer hours that drove this program.”

One of the features of the program is to allow the judges to truly select the top designs regardless of the number. Last year 10 designs were chosen. This year, 16 stood out as best of the best. "It was a difficult yet fun process reviewing so many good entries. Many of the entries were unanimously chosen by all of the judges,” explains 2014 design judge Kirk DouPonce, whose own work has included thousands of covers. He was joined by University of Chicago’s designer Isaac Tobin and renown freelance designer Abby Weintraub – both whose work has included general trade and bestselling titles. If there was a conflict of interest, a judge would refrain from scoring a particular title.

"Like words on a page, the visual cover story is meant to inform, inspire, and entertain readers. The cover is a first impression. A first introduction. When done well, it compels a reader to respond—to pick up the book and read it,” introduced program manager Torrey Sharp, Principal of Faceout Studio and PUBu design community captain. "We’re all in the business of telling stories that matter. It’s exciting to see ECPA publishers wrapping their stories with amazing covers that are engaging and meaningful.”

The 2014 Top Shelf Book Cover Award winners are listed below. Their full images are available at Judge comments on each cover are featured in a print Annual produced by Faceout Studio and printed by Color House Graphics. Contact ECPA for copies.

2014 Top Shelf Book Cover Award Winners

Against the Gods: The Polemical Theology of the Old Testament
Author: John D. Currid
Publisher: Crossway
Designer: Tyler Deeb

Boring: Finding an Extraordinary God in an Ordinary Life
Author: Michael Kelley
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Design and Illustration: Tim Green | Faceout Studio
Art Director: Jeff Godby, Art Director

Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem
Author: Kevin DeYoung
Publisher: Crossway
Designer: Jeff Miller | Faceout Studio

Death Before the Fall
Author: Ronald E. Osborn
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Designer: David Fassett

Disciplines of a Godly Woman
Author: Barbara Hughes
Publisher: Crossway
Designer: Connie Gabbert

Fulfilled: The Refreshing Alternative to the Half-Empty Life

Author: Joey Lankford
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Designer: Darren Welch | Dual Identity Design
Art Director: Jade Novak, Art Director

iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives
Author: Craig Detweiler
Publisher: Brazos Press/ Baker Publishing Group
Design and Illustration: Tim Green | Faceout Studio
Art Director: Paula Gibson, Art Director

Murder at the Mikado
Author: Julianna Deering
Publisher: Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group
Designer: Jeff Miller | Faceout Studio
Illustrator: John Mattos, Illustrator

The Power of Weakness
Author: Dan Schaeffer
Publisher: Discovery House Publishers
Designer: Emily Weigel | Faceout Studio

Praying for Boys
Author: Brooke McGlothlin
Publisher: Bethany House/ Baker Publishing Group
Designer: Dan Pitts

Seven Secrets to Power Praying
Author: Jane Glenchur
Publisher: Chosen/ Baker Publishing Group
Designer: Darren Welch | Dual Identity Design

The Story: The Bible's Grand Narrative of Redemption
Author: Jon Nielson
Publisher: P&R Publishing
Designer: Kirk DouPonce | DogEared Design

The Storytelling God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Parables

Author: Jared C. Wilson
Publisher: Crossway
Designer: Jeff Miller | Faceout Studio

Teen to Teen: 365 Daily Devotions by Teen Guys for Teen Guys
Teen to Teen: 365 Daily Devotions by Teen Girls for Teen Girls

Author: Patti M. Hummel
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Design and Illustration: Diana Lawrence | B&H Publishing Group

Undistorted God: Reclaiming Faith Despite the Cultural Noise
Author: Ray Waddle
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Designer: Tim Green | Faceout Studio
Photo Illustration: Tim Green and Paul Nielsen

The Wonder-Working God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Miracles
Author: Jared C. Wilson
Publisher: Crossway
Designer: Jeff Miller | Faceout Studio

The 2015 Top Shelf Book Award Program will start accepting submissions next month, November 2014, through August 2015 -- for titles published June 2014 to August 2015.

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ECPA: The Top Shelf Award program is managed by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) in order to recognize design excellence in the Christian publishing industry. The membership of ECPA is made up of Christian publishers and companies providing services to the Christian publishing industry. Since 1974, ECPA has strengthened Christian publishing by building Networking, Information, and Advocacy opportunities within the industry and across multiple channels so that our members can more effectively produce and deliver transformational Christian content. Through programs, events, communications, recognition and research, ECPA strengthens publishing communities within the industry. The ECPA Design community peer group, PUBu Design training sessions, and Top Shelf Awards are among several ECPA-driven opportunities that designers have to network, stay informed, and be recognized within the industry. For more information on ECPA programs and membership, visit or contact us at

Faceout Studio: Faceout Studio is a market leading design firm that services a broad range of national and international publishing clientele. The studio focuses on book design and film production but also works in these areas: brand design, brand identity systems, photography and product development. Over the years their work has been recognized by Communication Arts, the AIGA, the AAUP, Print magazine, The New York Book Show, Eye magazine, STEP magazine, Graphis, CMYK, Graphic Design: USA and the national American Advertising Federation. Their work has also been published in various books, most recently from Rockport, Harper Collins, Springer and Barcelona-based Mao Mao publications. They have been invited to speak at various events hosted by the AIGA, AAUP, the Shanghai Press and Publication Bureau as well as many northwest art schools. Past judging experiences have included the Independent Book Publishers Association, the American Association of University Presses, The Golden Butterfly Award show in Taiwan and the Beauty of Books in China, sponsored by the Shanghai Press and Publication Administration. To learn more about Faceout Studio or to follow Faceout, please check out the following platforms: | | | | | | Faceout Studio on Facebook |

Color House Graphics: Color House Graphics is a book manufacturing company that exists to help publishers, authors and companies create and deliver great books. CHG has been servicing the Christian publishing industry for many years. We combine craftsmanship with technology to help our customers create, print and publish great books. Explore our website or contact us and discover how we can provide you with superior service and quality from your first contact to delivery of your books. For more information about Color House Graphics, you can find us at or contact us at


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