50 Books | 50 Covers

50 Books | 50 Covers

Established in 1923 by the American Institute of Graphic Arts as “Fifty Books,” the 50 Books | 50 Covers competition is now the longest continually running design competition in the United States. This time-honored competition aims to identify the 50 best-designed books and book covers of 2017. The juror-selections from the 50 Books | 50 Covers competition exemplify the best current work in book and book cover design. Enter now!

To see the 2011–2016 winners, click here. The AIGA Design Archives with historic winners are here.


Observed | February 23

Rethinking school design in the wake of school tragedy. [JH]

“Show me someone with a seemingly unbroken stride and unfettered path.” Frank Bruni’s remarkable essay about his imperiled sight. [JH]


Observed | February 22

Black Panther spurred conversation among urbanist architecture and cities buffs on Twitter. [BV]


Observed | February 21

The case against popular culture: it‘s not just bad art, it enslaves us to repetition and robs us of aesthetic freedom. [BV]

Ready to embrace robots? [MPL]


Observed | February 20

At Stanford’s School of Continuing Education, a dive into the relationship between happiness and design. Here’s the syllabus. [JH]

Tackling Cape Town’s water crisis while reconsidering what might be considered luxury or waste. [BV]

Chicago toddler knows his car badges. (via James I. Bowie) [BV]


Observed | February 19

Angharad Hengyu Owen’s wandering typographic lyricism. [JH]

At the Design Museum in London, through May 6, The Guardian’s design evolutions over time. More here. [JH]


Observed | February 16

The first energy-positive Arctic hotel. [MPL]

Do concrete monsters deserve to be rescued? Saving Brutalism. [MPL]

AIGA Eye on Design‘s first magazine is now available for pre-order, and while the theme for issue 01 may be “Invisible,” it’s no wallflower. [LS]


Observed | February 15

Valentines Day may be behind us, but embracing the V is a daily constant. Enter Racket + #KnowTheFlow. [BV]

Visualizing musical scores: Theresa Sauer‘s stunning Notations21. [BV]

Fuzzy dudes. That‘s all. [MPL]


Observed | February 14

Ellsworth Kelly’s chapel at the University of Texas at Austin. [JH]

Long live graffiti. And the importance of exhibitions. [JH]


Observed | February 13

Poland. NATO. Design. Go! [JH]

Designing the perfect cafe. [JH]

How do you build a healthy city? [JH]


Observed | February 12

A new design residency is announced, courtesy of our friends at Core77. [JH]

A new logo for Lufthansa. [JH]

Busting the myths of logo design! [JH]


Observed | February 09

Ethics, truth, addiction—and design. [JH]

“These magazines were portals to other lives, systems of taste I learned by acquiring the small talismans and minute gestures that held these worlds up.” Hua Hsu remembers The Face and the magic of print. [MB]

It’s hard to be inspired on Friday. Adobe wants to make it a little easier: download free icon kits made by legendary designers here. [BV]


Observed | February 08

“American society has so normalized our inferior sidewalk system that we don’t believe we deserve a place to walk.” [BV]

Are madness and creativity linked? Is the art of the mentally ill freer in expression? [BV]


Observed | February 07

If birds left tracks in the sky, what would they look like? [BV]



Jobs | February 23