Support call for exhibition and catalog of the winners of this year’s 50 Books/50 Covers

AGI Members and Design Observer founders Jessica Helfand and Michael Beirut are in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to support America’s greatest design competition: The Fifty Books and Fifty Covers of the Year. If you love books, if you love book design, if you love book designers, please consider supporting them:

They are almost one third of the way there with only a few days left to go. If you’ve already helped, thank you! — and feel free to spread the word.


Established in 1923 by the American Institute of Graphic Arts as "Fifty Books,” the 50 Books | 50 Covers competition is now the longest continually running design competition in the United States. Since 2011, Design Observer has hosted it. And in 2015, for the first time, we are publishing a book and mounting an exhibition to commemorate the competition winners. To learn more about the book and exhibition, keep reading.

About the Book

Design Observer are producing the ultimate “book of books” to catalog the winners of this year’s 50 | 50 competition.

Publisher, author, and previous 50 Books | 50 Covers recipient Dave Eggers will introduce the book. Photographer George Baier IV, who has photographed countless authors and book jacket projects himself, has thoughtfully taken pictures of every book and cover winner. Mohawk has generously donated the finest paper. And with Blurb, we will be printing our book, offset, in the United States. Now in the final phases of design and production, they will ship the book soon. The book is over 300 pages long and will ship in October.


Lanny Sommese work updates

Lanny Sommese has updated their work, see it here.

Mehmet Ali Türkmen work updates

Mehmet Ali Türkmen has updated their work, see it here.

Sonya Dyakova work updates

Sonya Dyakova has updated their work, see it here.

Robert Appleton work updates

Robert Appleton has updated their work, see it here.

Hans Günter Schmitz work updates

Hans Günter Schmitz has updated their work, see it here.