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Design Observer hosted this year’s
“50 Books/50 Covers Competition,” to identify the best work published in 2012.
In addition to 35 internationally recognized designers who served as nominators, any AIGA member was invited to nominate books worthy
of consideration in either the cover category or the book category. Books were broadly defined to include trade, special editions,
letterpress and digital productions, and were eligible from any country
as long as they were in English (or bilingual with English text). Final
selections have been made by Design Observer editors, and will be
published in the AIGA Design Archives, as well as on Design Observer and Designers & Books.
View the list of nominated books.
See the 2012 book selections, the 2012 book cover selections and read the press announcement.
Questions? Contact: designobserver [at] winterhouse.com or betsy [at] designobserver.com
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” 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.
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
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