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The “50 Books/50 Covers” competition is now open for books published in 2014. The competition will close on March 18, 2015.
AIGA members are invited to enter books worthy
of consideration in one of two categories: books or covers. Books include trade, special editions,
letterpress, and digital productions that are in English (or bilingual with English text). Final
selections will be made by a jury of Design Observer editors and contributors and will be
published on Design Observer.
How to enter: See the guidelines page on the Design Observer website. The entry fee is $45 per book.
Questions? Contact 5050 [at] designobserver.com
“50 Books/50 Covers” has a long history of celebrating design excellence, with selections exemplifying the best current work in book and book cover design as chosen by a distinguished jury of design peers. The annual competition developed from AIGA's “Fifty Books of 1923” exhibition and past selections have been added to the AIGA Design Archives as well as the physical archives at the Denver Art Museum and in Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Collection at the Butler Library. Since 2011, the competition has been managed by Design Observer.
“Justified: AIGA Design Competition”
represents the next generation of AIGA’s competitions and seeks stories that reveal the value design created for the client. For book design, AIGA encourages entry in both competitions.
2013See the 2013 book selections, the 2013 book cover selections and read the press announcement.
2012See the 2012 book selections, the 2012 book cover selections and read the press announcement.
2011See the 2011 book selections, the 2011 book cover selections and read the press announcement. One hundred books—50 books and 50 book
covers—were selected as the best designed in 2011 through a partnership
with Design Observer and Designers & Books.
Selections from prior years’ “50 Books/50 Covers” competition are featured in the AIGA Design Archives online.
AIGA’s national design competitions celebrate exemplary design and
demonstrate the power of design.
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NEW YORK—September 18, 2014. AIGA, Design Observer and Designers & Books today published results of the 2013 “50 Books/50 Covers” competition. A panel of jurors including Michael Bierut, partner at the New York design firm Pentagram; Jessica Helfand, founding editor of Design Observer; and Peter Mendelsund, associate art director of Alfred A. Knopf Books chose 50 outstanding books and 50 exceptional covers.
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Competition, book design
NEW YORK—June 26, 2013.
Whether you’re browsing in a bookstore or shopping online, cover design
can bring books to life, providing a glimpse of the world inside. But
design’s impact only starts there—the choices a designer makes in
typography, paper, binding and layout all affect the way we experience
AIGA chapters fulfill AIGA’s mission at the local level, supporting members through organizing projects and events to educate, inform and connect designers.
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