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Digital file requirements

A straight on cover image is required for all entries. The two versions of the cover image should be the same image, and will be displayed on the Design Observer website while the competition is open.

  • One (1) print-quality .TIFF (no compression and uncropped), minimum 300 DPI, six (6) inches or greater on its shortest side, silhouetted (no background). Image mode; RGB.
  • One (1) web-accessible .PNG or .JPG, minimum 150 DPI, 1200 pixels or greater on its shortest side, silhouetted (no background). Image mode; RGB.

You are welcome to upload up to five (5) additional images of the project, but we only require you to upload a cover image that can be displayed online and if selected by the jury, included in the AIGA Design Archives. For the 50 Books competition category, interior shots or spreads are encouraged.

Physical copies

Physical copies are required for judging only if you are entering the 50 Books category of the competition. Entrants will receive an email with the address of the judging location and shipping instructions to send a physical copy of the book once the entry is complete. When you ship your book entries, paperwork is not required if the title of the book is clearly printed on the cover of the book. Books must be postmarked no later than March 2, 2018. Important: Do not mail books to the AIGA or Design Observer offices, they will not be judged.

Entries cannot be returned under any circumstances.

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