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50 Books | 50 Covers of 2019


This survey of book design represents perhaps the longest-standing legacy in American graphic design. 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. From 2012–2018 Design Observer hosted the competition with AIGA through a joint venture. AIGA is delighted to usher in another year of amazing book and cover design. Browse the current submissions here

This time-honored competition aims to identify the 50 best-designed books and book covers of 2019. The juror-selections from the 50 Books | 50 Covers competition exemplify the best current work in book and book cover design. Entries are open to anyone for books published and used in the marketplace in 2019.

Selections are included in the AIGA Design Archives, a searchable database of historical images documenting nearly 100 years of design excellence. Winners of 50 Books | 50 Covers of 2011–2017 can be viewed on Design Observer. Physical copies of the winners become part the Rare Book and Manuscript Library collection at Columbia University’s Butler Library in New York City for future generations to study and enjoy.

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