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From the Design Desk: 50 Books/50 Covers 2009 selections

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Since 1923, AIGA’s 50 Books/50 Covers competition has recognized excellence in book design and production. After careful and considered review of more than 800 entries, the 2009 jury selected a group of 100 examples of outstanding book and book cover design produced in 2009.

The jury’s selections will be mounted as a public exhibition at the AIGA National Design Center in New York in December 2010, and will travel across the country to AIGA chapters and student groups during 2011. In addition, selections are documented in 365: AIGA Year in Design and the physical artifacts join the AIGA Design Archives at the Denver Art Museum and the Rare Book and Manuscript Library within Columbia University’s Butler Library.

That’s the word from the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

We were elated to learn that three of our entries were selected for inclusion in the 2009 crop of 50 Books. They are:

Seymour: The Obsessive Images of Seymour Chwast
by Steve Heller, Paula Scher

Pictorial Webster’s: A Visual Dictionary of Curiosities
by John Carrera

Alphabeasties and Other Amazing Types
by Sharon Werner, Sarah Forss
(published by Blue Apple Books, distributed by Chronicle)

Each of these books is distinctive. From Sharon Werner and Sarah Forss’ animals built from letters of the alphabet (A is for alligator, Z is for zebra), to Johnny Carrera’s compilation of engraved illustrations from 19th Century Webster’s dictionaries, to the career-spanning volume of Pushpin Studio co-founder Seymour Chwast’s work.

Together these books represent the commitment to the art and design of Chronicle’s books. I salute all those who played a part in bringing these books to life and invite you, dear readers, to have a look at these award-winning titles.

Michael Carabetta
Creative Director

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