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2009 AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers exhibition

No “soft opening” for this edition of the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers exhibition. This year the show will open with a bang on Thursday 5 November and remain open until 20 November.

We’ve not decanted the books and covers from their shipping boxes yet (see below) but based on the stellar jury, we know bibliophiles and bookaholics alike will not be disappointed.

Jenna Cushner, design studio manager wheels in the winners

2009 will be the seventh year that Chronicle Books, in conjunction with the San Francisco chapter of AIGA and the San Francisco Center for the Book, will host the 50 best designed books and covers as determined by a jury of publishing and design professionals.

Speaking of the jury, they are:

Jane Brown, Distributed Art Publishers (D.A.P.), Los Angeles, CA

Rodrigo Corral, Rodrigo Corral Design, New York, NY

Vanessa Eckstein, Bløk Design, Mexico City, Mexico

Franc Nunoo Quarcoo, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, MD

Brett Yasko, Pittsburgh, PA

Typical of this, the longest running juried exhibition of books and covers in the U.S., the jury had their work cut out for them: over 900 submissions were winnowed down to the double fifty.

The Back Story
Since 1924, the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers competition has recognized excellence in book design and production. Categories range from trade, reference and juvenile books to university and museum publications and include limited edition and special format books.

Each year the show is donated to the Rare Book and Manuscript Collection of Columbia University, which houses the AIGA award-winning books dating back to 1923. Starting in 2004, another set of the show has a permanent home at the Denver Art Museum in Colorado.

We cordially invite you to join us in celebrating the art of book and cover design. And stay tuned for a post on the opening festivities.

Michael Carabetta
Creative Director

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