Books to Covet: 50 Books | 50 Covers

Top Row: The Poser (cover) designer: Will Staehle; My Father the Pornographer (cover) designer: Jamie Keenan; Impossible Modernism (cover) designers: Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein; Second Row: Artec Alvar (book) designer: Irma Boom; By the People: Designing a Better America (book) designer: Other Means; Design: The Invention of Desire (book) designer: Sara Jamshidi; Third Row: Seeing Things: A Kid’s Guide to Looking at Photographs  (book) designer: Atelier Dyakova, London; Sophie Calle And So Forth (book) designer: Xavier Barral, Coline Aguettaz; The Natural Flow of Things (book) designer: José Duarte.

Here are some of the gorgeous winners from the 2016 50 Books | 50 Covers Competition sponsored by AIGA and Design Observer. This year, book designers and publishers entered nearly 700 book and cover designs from more than 23 countries. After careful and considered review, the jury—Gail Anderson, Michael Carabetta and Jessica Helfand—recognized submissions that “successfully demonstrate design excellence in book and cover design.” I covet each book and cover! It was difficult to pick my favorites from such a stellar winners’ list. But here is my attempt to limit it to nine. For the full results visit:

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