• 50 Books/50 Covers Competition

    Deadline: August 15, 2012

    Design Observer is hosting this year’s “50 Books/50 Covers Competition,” to identify the best work published in 2011. In addition to 25 internationally recognized designers who will serve as nominators, any AIGA member is welcome to nominate books worthy of consideration in either the cover category or the book category. Books are broadly defined to include trade, special editions, letterpress and digital productions, and they may come from any country as long as they are in English (or bilingual with English text). Final selections will be made by Design Observer editors, and will be published in the AIGA Design Archives, as well as on Design Observer and Designers & Books.

    Selections will be announced in September.

    About this competition

    AIGA’s competitions are widely recognized as the most discerning statement on design excellence today, extending a legacy that began more than 90 years ago. The selections from the “50 Books/50 Covers” competition exemplified the best current work in book and book cover design as chosen by a distinguished jury of design peers. Through this competition, AIGA created an authoritative chronicle of outstanding design solutions, each demonstrated the process of designing, the role of the designer and the value of design. The selections have been part of the AIGA Design Archives, in the physical archives at the Denver Art Museum and in Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Collection at the Butler Library.

    Justified” 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.

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