Design Desk

From the Design Desk: The Envelope Please

It’s fair to say that as designers at Chronicle Books, we genuinely do what we do every day for the love of it. And, in general, we are a humble lot. However, I would be lying if I said we weren’t over the moon about some recent design recognition and nominations, and thrilled for our fellow designers whose hard work and distinctive vision earned the following projects a place on these lists.

50 Books/50 Covers
Given that books are close to our hearts, we’re delighted to have been included in the 50 Books/50 Covers awards and accompanying exhibition. (For a full recap of the exhibition, see our Creative Director Michael Carabetta’s post here.)

2012 PubWest Book Design Awards
This year, PubWest honored us by including several of our titles in its 2012 PubWest Book Design Awards. As stated on the organization’s web site, the awards are given in recognition of “superior design and outstanding production quality” in the publishing industry.

Communication Arts
We’re also excited to receive recognition beyond the book world with the inclusion of Silhouette Art in the Communication Arts Design Annual and the amazing illustrations by Keith Graves (also the author!) for Orphan of Awkward Falls in Communication Arts 2012 Illustration Annual 53.

2012 Eisner Awards nomination
Referred to as the Oscars of comic books, the Eisner Awards will be announced on July 13 at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. This year, Chronicle’s very own MAD Fold-In Collection has been nominated in the category of Best Archival Collection/Project–Comic Books.

2012 James Beard Award finalist nominations
And last but not least, the James Beard Foundation Awards are the crème-de-la-crème of honors in the food and beverage industry. This year, six Chronicle Books titles made the list of nominees. Winners will be announced at the annual ceremony in New York THIS WEEK on May 4 and May 7.

And the winner is . . . We’ll be on the edge of our seats waiting to find out!

Jennifer Tolo Pierce
Design Director

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