One of my favorite exhibitions/competitions of the year is AIGA’s “Fifty Book, 50 Covers” which is on view now at the AIGA National Design Gallery at 164 5th Avenue (22/21st Streets) in Manhattan. Here is the link to learn more about the show. “Selections were made by a distinguished jury that included Jane Brown, Distributed Art Publishers (D.A.P.), Los Angeles; Rodrigo Corral, Rodrigo Corral Design, New York; Vanessa Eckstein, Bløk Design, Mexico City; Franc Nunoo Quarcoo University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Baltimore; and Brett Yasko, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.”
VISIT THE GALLERY Monday through Thursday: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Friday: 11:00 a.m–5:00 p.m.
Note: The Gallery will be closed from Thursday, December 24 until Monday, January 4
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ENTER THIS YEAR’S 50 Books/50 Covers competition!
December 10th -March 5th is the submission period for the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers competition
From the website:
AIGA’s suite of competitions is widely recognized as the most discerning statement on design excellence today, extending a legacy that began more than 90 years ago. By means of the competitions, AIGA creates an authoritative chronicle of outstanding design solutions, each demonstrating the process of designing, the role of the designer and the value of design.
This time-honored competition aims to identify the 50 best-designed books and book covers that have been designed, produced and used in the marketplace between January 1 and December 31, 2009, as chosen by distinguished jurors. <!–jurors.–> As such, they become part of the AIGA Design Archives, a searchable visual database of exemplary design, they are exhibited at the AIGA National Design Center in New York and offered as a traveling exhibition for display across the country. The physical artifacts comprise the AIGA Design Archives at the Denver Art Museum. A second set of the awarded books and covers becomes part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Collection at the Butler Library, Columbia University, New York.
- A book must consist of at least 48 pages (except for children’s books).
- A book must be either case-bound or paperbound between covers. Portfolios of loose pages do not qualify.
- Books and book covers designed and/or produced between January 1 and December 31 of the previous year are eligible.
- Except in the case of limited-edition books, print runs should be in excess of 250 copies.
- Entries should be for sale to the general public, or, if offered gratis, should not be publications whose primary purpose is to advertise or serve as an annual report or other corporate literature.
- Following AIGA’s membership in Icograda (International Council of Graphic Design Associations) and in keeping with a deepening commitment to demonstrating the importance of diversity, entries from all countries will be eligible for AIGA competitions for the first time in AIGA’s history. In order for the jury to understand the content and context, entries that are in languages other than English must include a brief English translation.
- Submit only actual work; no photographs accepted. We regret that entries cannot be returned.
They include photography books under what they call “Image-driven books (books you look at)”