50 Books/50 Covers of 2012
“Bloodland” by Alan Glynn (Picador) was selected as one of the 50 best book cover designs of 2012.
Designer: Keith Hayes; Art director: Henry Sene Yee; Design firm: Picador; Cover photograph: Charles Nes/Getty Images
Hassman (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) was selected as one of
the 50 best book cover designs of 2012.Designer: Jennifer Carrow; Art
director: Rodrigo Corral; Jacket photograph (trailer park home): ©FormAdvertising/Alamy; Jacket photograph (window and curtains): ©Lynn James/Getty Images
“The Lake” by Banana
Yoshimoto (Melville House) was selected as one of the 50 best book cover
designs of 2012.Designer: Christopher King
The “Penguin Drop Caps Series” (Penguin) was selected as one of the 50 best book cover designs of 2012.
Cover design: Paul Buckley and Jessica Hische; Art director: Paul Buckley
“Shape of the Final Dog” by Hampton Fancher (Blue Rider Press) was selected as one of the 50 best book cover designs of 2012.Designer: Mario Hugo; Art director: Gregg Kulick
“The Teleportation Accident” by Ned Beauman (Sceptre) was selected as one of the 50 best book cover designs of 2012.Designers: Scot Bendall, Richard Carey and Jon Lyen; Art director: Scot Bendall; Design firm: La Boca Ltd
“Curiosity and Method: Ten Years of Cabinet Magazine” by Sina Najafi (Cabinet Books) was selected in both categories, as one of the 50 best book designs and 50 best cover designs of 2012.Designer: Everything Studio
“The Democratic Lecture” by Craig Oldham (Unified Theory Of Everything) was selected as one of the 50 best book designs of 2012.Designer: Craig Oldham; Design firm: Music
“Elegantissima: The Design and Typography of Louise Fili” by Louise Fili (Princeton Architectural Press), was selected as one of the 50 best book
designs of 2012.Designers: Louise Fili, John Passafiume and Dana Tanamachi; Art director: Louise Fili; Design firm: Louise Fili Ltd
“Encyclopedia of Flowers—Flower Works by Makoto Azuma Photographed by Shunsuke Shiinoki” by Kyoko Wada (Lars Müller Publishers), was selected as one of the 50 best book designs of 2012.Designers: Kenya Hara, Kaoru Matsuno and Chen Fangju; Art
director: Kenya Hara; Design firm: Nippon Design Center
“Information Graphics” by Sandra Rendgen and Julius Wiedemann (TASCHEN) was selected as one of the 50 best book designs of 2012.Cover design: Josh Baker; Art director: Praline, Al Rodger and David Tanguy
“Page 1: Great Expectations / Seventy Graphic Solutions” edited by Lucienne Roberts and Rebecca Wright (GraphicDesign&)—a typographic experiment in which 70 designers layout the first page of ”Great Expectations” by Charles Dickens—was selected as one of the 50 best book designs of 2012.Designers: Lucienne Roberts and John McGill; Art directors: Lucienne Roberts and Rebecca Wright; Design firm: LucienneRoberts+
AIGA and Design Observer announce the year’s best-designed publications
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 written narratives. AIGA and Design Observer, in collaboration with Designers & Books, have just named the year’s 50 best book and cover designs.
A panel of jurors including William Drenttel, Steven Heller, Jessica Hische, Chip Kidd, Ellen Lupton, Erik Spiekermann, Khoi Vinh and Rob Walker whittled hundreds of online submissions from design fans and readers down to 50 overall best-designed books and 50 best-designed covers. Books published in any form in the English language were eligible, and more than 1,200 entries were submitted from a dozen countries.
AIGA, the professional association for design, has a long tradition of identifying outstanding examples of publication design. Over the past few years the “50 Books/50 Covers” competition has taken place online to allow greater participation, but one thing remains constant—a commitment to celebrating design excellence.
“It is clear from the winning entries that designers and publishers are not just resigned to the new world but are actively challenging it. With information so readily accessible in digital form, anyone going through the trouble of designing, manufacturing, and distributing a traditional book had better be prepared to deliver something special,” said juror Michael Bierut, partner at Pentagram. “The books this year demonstrate astonishing attention to craft, as well as startling ambitions to disrupt expectations about what constitutes a ‘traditional’ book in the first place. Covers as well do double and triple duty, functioning not just as alluring packaging on the bookstore shelf, but as telegraphic icons in the realm of online marketing and sortable rubrics in online libraries.”
See all 100 selections—the 50 best-designed covers and 50 best-designed books—online at Design Observer.
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