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NEW YORK—December 8, 2011. Book lovers, take note: Beginning today, visitors to the AIGA National Design Center in New York will be treated to a show celebrating the most effective book and book cover designs from 2010.
The “50 Books/50 Covers of 2010” exhibition showcases the results of AIGA’s “50 Books/50 Covers” competition, exemplifying the best in current book design and production. A distinguished jury reviewed almost 700 submissions, ultimately selecting 100 winners—50 specifically for their cover design, and 50 for their overall book design, including type, paper, binding, cover and overall format.
AIGA, the professional association for design, has been holding the competition since 1923; this year, entrants were also asked to describe how their solutions solved the unique problems of the books presented. As a result, the selections help to demonstrate the role of the designer and the value of design in both the publishing industry and our collective visual culture.
Each day, for the duration of the exhibition, a new definition of the term “book” will be written on the gallery wall of the AIGA National Design Center, selected from responses to questions on whatthebook.org, a site created by Barbara DeWilde and her team in conjunction with AIGA, sustaining an ongoing conversation about the evolution of the book.
“Today, as so many voices are likely to look back on a year during which e-books in some categories surpassed the sales of their print versions, this exhibition reminds us of how deeply engaged we can each become with a book, its cover and its format—emotionally, aesthetically, tactilely and physically,” noted AIGA Executive Director Richard Grefé. "The exhibition design, by noted book designer Barbara DeWilde, draws us into the experience of being with books, and its web component invites engagement.”
The “AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers” exhibition is free and open to the public and on view in New York through February 23, 2012, at which point it will travel around the country to museums and galleries.
“Anyone planning to be near the Flatiron District, Union Square, Chelsea or Madison Square Park this winter really must stop by to see the show,” added AIGA Exhibitions Director Gabriela Mirensky. “The gallery is located right on Fifth Avenue at the intersection of these iconic New York neighborhoods, and is a wonderful opportunity to interact with stellar design work in an intimate, quiet space.”
In addition, all selections are available online in the AIGA Design Archives, where visitors can see a variety of images, project statements and jurors’ comments.
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Special holiday hours: The gallery will be closed December 26, January 2, January 16 and February 20.
AIGA is the professional association for design, a nonprofit
organization dedicated to advancing design as a professional craft,
strategic tool and vital cultural force. Founded in 1914, AIGA
today serves more than 22,000 members through 66 chapters and 200
student groups throughout the United States. AIGA stimulates
thinking about design, demonstrates the value of design and
empowers the success of designers at each stage of their careers.
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New York, NY—September 29, 2014. As the definition of
“design” continues to broaden, so too will the scope of AIGA’s biennial
design and business conference. Next month, leading
thinkers-practitioners-writers-educators will converge in New York City
at “Gain” to consider many facets of the design of business for the
New York—September 23, 2014. Next week, AIGA, the professional
association for design, opens “Dan Friedman: Radical Modernist”—a
vibrant and inspiring retrospective of a designer who pioneered New Wave
design while carving his own path from academia to corporate design,
experimental European commissions and AIDS activism in the East Village
art scene. This exhibition is organized and designed by AIGA Medalist
Chris Pullman and Laura Varrachi of LVCK Environmental Graphics with
support from Dan Friedman's brother Ken Friedman.
New York, NY—September 25, 2014. AIGA and Wacom announce the launch of “Rise & Shine,”
a new video series that goes behind the scenes of the diverse practices
of six up-and-coming communication designers. Viewers are invited to
travel across the United States with AIGA, the professional association
for design, and Wacom, the leading producer of intuitive design tools,
to visit a range of talented, emerging designers working today and find
out what fuels their creativity. The series offers a closer look at
everything from creative processes and big career breaks to the
techniques and technology they use to realize their visions.
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.
This task force is charged with reviewing the role AIGA might play in recognizing, communicating and advocating remarkable design that has emerged from the graphic design tradition—experienced in many media and forms today.
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