283 aiga 50 books 50 covers competition

Posted: Feb 11, 2009

AIGA: 50 Books 50 Covers Competition

Type:Call for Entries
Category:Design Contests > Graphic Design
Entry Fee:$31 - 40
Prizes:Included in Exhibition
Entry Deadline
Mar 6 2009

Call for Entries Details

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 of 2008, as chosen by distinguished 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.


Jurors for this competition will evaluate each work’s integrated design approach, including concept, innovation and visual elements such as typography, illustration and/or information design. If you prefer a piece to be judged solely on the strength of any one of these elements, please submit it to the appropriate category in "365: AIGA Annual Design Competitions" (separate entry fees and submission requirements apply).

Each entry must fit one of the categories listed below. (If you’re unsure, select the category that most closely describes your entry.) Judges retain the right to reclassify entries from one category to another or to select only components of the submission for honors.

Literature and nonfiction (books you read)
Text-driven books including fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Image-driven books (books you look at)
Architecture, design and photography titles.

Limited-edition and fine-press books (books that are objects)
Collectors’ editions, fine editions and books whose quality of production, innovation or experimentation is of paramount importance. Limited-edition books must be numbered.

Instructional books and textbooks (books that teach)
How-to books, cookbooks, craft and hobby books, and books used for instruction in schools-from elementary and high school texts to college, technical, and vocational titles.

Reference books (books you consult)
Encyclopedias, atlases, dictionaries and guides.

Children’s books
Books published primarily for young audiences, not including textbooks.

Contest Tags: AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers Competition
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