50 Books/50 Covers of 2008

December 10, 2009–February 19, 2010

Since 1923, AIGA's “50 Books/50 Covers” competition has recognized excellence in book design and production. This exhibition showcased selections from the “AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers of 2008” competition, which identified the best-designed books and book covers published in 2008.

Selections were made by a distinguished jury that included Jane Brown, Distributed Art Publishers (D.A.P.), Los Angeles; Rodrigo Corral, Rodrigo Corral Design, New York; Vanessa Eckstein, Bløk Design, Mexico City; Franc Nunoo Quarcoo University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore; and Brett Yasko, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

AIGA is committed to using selections from its annual competitions to demonstrate the process of design, the role of the designer, and the value of design to business, culture and society at large. Each year, the competition selections are published in AIGA's online archives at designarchives.aiga.org, featured in an annual publication, exhibited at the AIGA National Design Center and preserved in the AIGA Design Archives at the Denver Art Museum in Colorado. In addition, selections from each year's “50 Books/50 Covers” competition are housed in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University.

All selections are searchable and browsable in the AIGA Design Archives, which includes a variety of images, full credits, project statements and jurors' comments.

Exhibition design:

Experiments in Architecture and Research