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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.
AIGA, the professional association for design, advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage and vital cultural force. As the largest community of design advocates, AIGA brings together practitioners, enthusiasts and patrons to amplify the voice of design and creates the vision for a collective future. AIGA defines global standards and ethical practices, guides design education, inspires designers and the public, enhances professional development, and makes powerful tools and resources accessible to all. Learn more at aiga.org/about.
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Call for entries: Nominate books and book covers worthy
of consideration to this year’s
“50 Books/50 Covers Competition,” hosted by Design Observer.
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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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As summer approaches we are still basking in the fond springtime memories of Design Ranch 2013. The quiet moments by the river, the creative energy and inspiration in each and every workshop, the festive and warm moments making new friends by the fire, and the fellowship found in the dining hall, are all cherished moments that we carry with us back home. We returned to our daily lives refreshed and ready to face the world.
Mr. Andrew Henry
AIGA New York
Member since 2013
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