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We are pleased to announce Rob Giampietro, Head of Creative at Notion, will serve as the chair of this year's competition! 

"As a book designer, book lover, and book collector, I'm honored and thrilled to be returning to the 50 Books | 50 Covers jury this year as its Chair. 100 years is a significant milestone for any competition, but at a time when the future of the book is an ongoing topic, we saw last year the vibrancy and vitality of the book form in the hands of both new and expert designers shaping stories that demanded a broader audience with care and commitment. In our recognition, we not only selected for quality but also relevance to our time — why these books were deserving of this award today, and how offering it could help them go even further in finding passionate readers and audiences. It's been said that 'books make friends' — as much as this is a competition about great objects, it's also hopefully a catalyst for new relationships between publishers, creators, and the public." —Rob Giampietro, Head of Creative, Notion (50 Books | 50 Covers Juror Chair)

Jurors for this competition will evaluate each work’s integrated design approach, including concept, innovation and visual elements such as typography, illustration, and/or information design. 

In recent decades, jurors have included Antonio Alcalá, Michael Bierut, Andrew Blauvelt, Michael Carabetta, Arthur Cherry, Laura Coombs, Richard Eckersley, Vanessa Eckstein, Barbara Glauber, Carin Goldberg, Hilary Greenbaum, Jessica Helfand, Maricris Herrera, Jerry Herring, David High, Yasuyo Iguchi, Brian Johnson, Chip Kidd, Lisa Lucas, Eric Madsen, Peter Mendelsund, Jennifer Morla, Lars Müller, Silas Munro, Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo, Molly Renda, Jill Shimabukuro, Lucille Tenazas, Kimberly Varella, Kelly Walters, Cheryl Towler Weese, Jack Woody, Ramon Tejada, Renata Graw, Xiaoqing Wang, and many more.

Read what Michael Bierut had to say in the Design Week article, “‘Books remain stubbornly, thrillingly relevant’: the enduring value of book design” (January 2020), and The New Yorker, “Who Isn’t a Sucker for a Foldout?” (October 2020).

    Meet the Jurors!

    Rob Giampietro, Head of Creative, Notion

    Rob Giampietro is a writer and creative director based in New York. Currently leading brand and creative at Notion, a connected workspace for individuals and teams, Rob has also held leadership roles at Google, RISD, Project Projects, and AIGA/NY. 

    From 2018–2020, Rob was Director of Design at MoMA, re-imagining a holistic design system and visitor experience with in-house and agency creative teams across environmental, digital, and retail channels in support of the museum’s historic 2019 reopening. 

    With recognition from the American Academy in Rome, MacDowell, the Aspen Ideas Festival, and the National Design Awards, Rob’s work focuses on the intersection of design, culture, and technology through strategic inquiry, brand-focused storytelling, and multidisciplinary human-centered design.



    JP Haynie, Creative Director / Partner, Actual Source

    JP HAYNIE is an American graphic designer and publisher based in Utah, USA; working internationally. He co-founded the design studio and publisher Actual Source with Davis Ngarupe in 2015.



    Roanne Adams, Founder and Executive Creative Director, RoAndCo Studio

    Roanne Adams, Founder & Executive Creative Director of RoAndCo Studio, has led her team in creating hundreds of brands over 17 years, spanning fashion, beauty, wellness, hospitality, and tech. Roanne holds a deep desire to pinpoint purpose and create beautiful, meaningful, and responsible brands for startups and Fortune 500’s alike.

    With the understanding that 3% of Creative Directors in the graphic design industry are women and only 1% own creative agencies, Roanne has made it a priority to nurture opportunities for women designers and founders. Roanne hosts and facilitates leadership workshops and retreats for women business owners. She also created Romance Journal, a publication devoted to raising consciousness through the female lens, with 100% of the proceeds donated to charities.

    Roanne was honored by UN Women as a Champion for Change for her mentorship programs for women. She received the ADC’s Young Guns 9 award, has served on the Board of Directors for AIGA New York, and was named by T Magazine as one of NYC’s most outstanding design professionals.




    Lisa Maione, Associate Professor of Graphic Design, Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) and Creative Director, for instance a design practice

    Lisa J. Maione is a designer, artist and educator. Born in Japan and raised in California and Texas, she runs for instance, a research-based design practice working on collaborative projects in the arts, architecture, publishing and education. Since 2008, she has taught design in undergraduate and graduate graphic design and communication programs at Parsons School of Design, Queens College City University of New York (CUNY), Oklahoma State University, and is currently an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Kansas City Art Institute.



    Chloe Sultan, Director, Clocks

    Chloe Sultan is co-founder with Mahfuz Sultan of Clocks, a multidisciplinary practice spanning film, art direction, performance, spatial design, graphic design, exhibition-making, and publication. Chloe is based in New York and Los Angeles.