50 Books/50 Covers of 2010 exhibition

December 8, 2011–May 11, 2012

On view at the AIGA National Design Center

Since 1923, AIGA’s “50 Books/50 Covers” competition has recognized excellence in book design and production. This exhibition showcases the best-designed books and book covers published in 2010, selected in the 2011 competition by a distinguished jury chaired by Chip Kidd (designer, author and associate art director, Knopf, New York), which included Arthur Cherry (designer, Design by AAD, Kansas City), Barbara Glauber (principal, Heavy Meta, New York), Kimberly Glyder (designer, Kimberly Glyder Design, Philadelphia) and Joseph Sullivan (founder, The Book Design Review blog, Chicago).

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. This exhibition at the AIGA National Design Center features all of the year’s “50 Books/50 Covers” competition selections, and is free and open to the public.

You can also participate online! Each day for the duration of the exhibition, a new definition of the term “book” will be featured 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.

In addition, all selections are available online in the AIGA Design Archives, which includes a variety of images, full credits, project statements and jurors’ comments. They are also preserved in the AIGA Design Archives at the Denver Art Museum in Colorado and in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Columbia University.

Gallery hours and location

Monday through Thursday: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m–5:00 p.m.
164 Fifth Avenue (between 21st and 22nd Streets) in New York [map]


Exhibition design by Barbara deWilde, Sana Rao and Tom Hubben
Interaction design by Barbara deWilde, Tony Chu and Michael Yap

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.