How the Literary Prize Winner is Chosen
Tom Gauld gets to the heart of the matter once again. (Although if Edward St. Aubyn’s recent satire…

How the Literary Prize Winner is Chosen

Tom Gauld gets to the heart of the matter once again. (Although if Edward St. Aubyn’s recent satire…

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If you’re an American book designer you probably know already that the winners of the 2013 Fifty Books / Fifty Covers show were announced yesterday.

Organized by Design Observer in association with AIGA and Designers & Books,  50/50, which recognizes the best work in contemporary book and book cover design, dates back to 1922, and is the oldest continuously operating graphic design competition in the United States. It is what you might call a ‘big deal.’

Of course, you can always quibble with lists like this — there are a some covers from last year that I loved that aren’t winners. But it’s wonderful to see book designers get some deserved recognition, and there are some great covers on the list that I overlooked.

Here are a few of my favourite 50 Covers winners that weren’t on my own 2013 list (nor in my postscript):

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The Aesthetic Brain by Anjan Chatterjee; design by Thomas Ng (Oxford University Press)

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No One is Here Except All of Us by Romana Ausubel; design by Gray318 (Riverhead)

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Personae by Sergio De La Pava; design by Isaac Tobin (University of Chicago Press)

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Shady Characters by Keith Houston; design by Jason Booher ((W. W. Norton & Company)

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This and Other Plays by Melissa Gibson; design by Helen Yentus and Jason Booher (Theatre Communications Group)

50 Books / 50 Covers 2013 Winners If you’re an American book designer you probably know already that the winners of the 2013 Fifty Books / Fifty Covers show were announced yesterday…

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Italian design journalist Stefano Salis has kindly let me know about BUONA LA PRIMA!, an exhibition he has curated for the Artelibro Festival in Bologna later this month. For the exhibition, a committee of 15 professionals in the field of editorial graphics has selected the best Italian books covers published published in the past year. All 45 finalists (three for each judge) can be viewed on the Artelibro website, and visitors can vote for their favourite.

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In addition to the prize assigned by popular vote, the jury of experts will also award a ‘Critics Prize’ to the best cover, in conjunction with the votes expressed by Ricardo Franco Levi, President of Artelibro, Romano Montroni, President of the Italian Center for the Book, and Giovanni Gregoletto, bibliophile and owner of Cantine Gregoletto that sponsor the exhibition.

The two winners will be announced on Sunday, September 21 at 12:30, with a toast at Palazzo Re Enzo.
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BUONA LA PRIMA! opens Friday, September 12th at 6pm, in the Biblioteca d’Arte e di Storia di San Giorgio in Poggiale.

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Vol 459 / David Drummond

Vol 459 / David Drummond

Peter Mendelsund, Your New Favourite Designer

Peter Mendelsund / photograph by George Baier IV

photograph by George Baier IV

On the blog of designer and art director Henry Sene Yee there is a fake poll question: “Who is your favourite book cover designer?” Three of poll’s four possible answers are “Chip Kidd.” The fourth is “none of the above.” The joke is, of course, that Kidd is the only book cover designer most people can name (if they can name one at all).

After this week, however,…

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Book Covers of Note August 2014

Australian Book Design Awards 2014 Shortlist

Australian Book Design Awards 2014 Shortlist

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Peter Long, Senior Designer at Black Inc. Books, has kindly let me know that the shortlist for the Australian Book Design Awards has been announced.

The Book Design Awards are Australia’s longest running  graphic design awards, but in 2013 the Australian Publishing Association decided to discontinue them. To keep the awards running for a 62nd consecutive year, a group of Australian designers…

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