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    50 Books/50 Covers Competition

    Call for Entries: “50 Books/50 Covers of 2013”

    Explore the best-designed books and book covers of 2013. The next call for entries will be announced in November 2014.

    50 Books 50 Covers image 2012AIGA members are invited to enter 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 are eligible from any country as long as they are in English (or bilingual with English text). Final selections will be made by a jury comprised of Design Observer editors and contributors, and will be published on Design Observer.

    2013 entry fees: $45 per book

    How to enter: For additional information, please visit the guidelines page on the Design Observer website.

    Questions? Contact: designobserver [at] winterhouse.com or betsy [at] designobserver.com

    Past selections


    See the 2013 book selections, the 2013 book cover selections and read the press announcement.


    See the 2012 book selections, the 2012 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. See the 2011 book selections, the 2011 book cover selections and read the press announcement.


    The 50 Books/50 Covers of 2010 Exhibition debuted at the AIGA National Design Center in New York in December 2011. The selections from prior years” “50 Books/50 Covers” competition are featured in the AIGA Design Archives online.

    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: 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. 

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