DESIGN: The AIGA's "50 Books/50 Covers" Exhibition
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Through Nov. 22 at New York's AIGA National Design Center, 164 Fifth Ave., the AIGA presents "50 Books/50 Covers," a juried selection of the best-designed books and book covers published in 2005. A competition that dates back to 1923, the categories range from trade, reference and juvenile books to university and museum publications and include limited-edition and special-format books. Some of the designs in the exhibition are seen here, led by Mocking Birdies, a children's book written, designed and illustrated by Annette Simon, Annette Simon Design, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. In the PDF: 2) 13 Riddles, 13 Rhymes (Cover), CD/AD/designer Gabriele Schies, Sichtwerk Inc., Brooklyn, N.Y. 3) The Art of Richard Tuttle, designed by Lorraine Wild and Robert Ruehlman with Stuart Smith, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. 4) Tsunami: A Document of Devastation, CD/AD/designer Giorgio Baravalle, de.MO, Millbrook, N.Y. According to Baravalle, "This project is a document — a message in a bottle to be kept as a unique record. It was a nonprofit initiative, produced in the month following the December 2004 tsunami, with proceeds going to Doctors of the World." 5) The Year of Magical Thinking (Cover), CD/AD Carol Devine Carson, Alfred A. Knopf, New York. See www.aiga.org/gallery for more.