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Explore the best-designed books and book covers of 2013. The next call for entries will be announced in November 2014.
AIGA 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
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.
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.
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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Learn more about AIGA’s national conferences and events, and access videos from select conferences and awards events.
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Conference , Event
Tim Stoelting's Aluminum Bricks Toe the Line Between Fine Art and Design
December 18, 2014
AIGA AZ 2014: A Year in Review
December 16, 2014
Pro Bono Lead Graphic Designer
December 14, 2014
AIGA Austin Fellow Award Call for Nominations
December 01, 2014
Art Director/Graphic DesignerAmerican Massage Therapy Association
Evanston, IllinoisDecember 16 2014
Quiksilver Pro Puerto Escondido 2009