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50 Books | 50 Covers of 2016: The Competition is Closed.

The competition closed February 24, 2017. Winners will be announced in the summer of 2017.

Beginning in 1923, the Fifty Books of the Year competition was a yearly mainstay of AIGA. As dust jackets became more common, covers were added to the competition. This survey of the best in book design represents perhaps the longest-standing legacy in American graphic design. In 2012, Design Observer, in partnership with AIGA, began hosting the competition and through a new joint venture, we are delighted to usher in another year of amazing book and cover design.

You can see the current entries on Design Observer. Historical collections of books and book covers dating back to 1924 can be viewed in the AIGA Design Archives. View the winners of 50 Books | 50 Covers of 2011–2015 on Design Observer.