50 Books | 50 Covers Features 17 Penguin Random House Prize-Winning Designs

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This year’s 50 Books  | 50 Covers competition, widely recognized as the highest design honor in the book publishing world, features 4 interior and 13 cover prize-winning designs created by our Penguin Random House art directors and designers in 2016.  Congratulations to all of our talented and creative colleagues, representing books published by imprints from across the house.  

Our winners in the 50 Books category:

 A SUPER UPSETTING COOKBOOK ABOUT SANDWICHES

Author: Tyler Kord

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Art Director: Marysarah Quinn, Stephanie Huntwork

Designer: Ian Dingman

CLASSIC PENGUIN: Cover to Cover

Author: Edited with an Introduction by Paul Buckley, Preface by Elda Rotor

Publisher:  Penguin Books

Designer:  Paul Buckley and Matt Vee

ME: A Compendium

Author: Wee Society

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Art Director: Jill Robertson, Rob Alexander

        Designer: Rob Alexander

somethingtofoodabout

Author: Questlove and Ben Greenman

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Art Director: Marysarah Quinn, Alexis Rosenzweig

Designer: Rational Beauty: Jeanette Abbink, Mike Abbink Design intern: Yerang Choi

 

Our winners in the 50 Covers category:

The Angelus Trilogy

(The Watchers, Angel City, The Way of Sorrows)

Author: Jon Steele

Publisher: Blue Rider Press

        Designer: Jason Booher

BOY ERASED

Author: Garrard Conley

Publisher: Riverhead Books

Creative + Art Director: Helen Yentus

        Designer: Rachel Willey

BUT WHAT IF WE’RE WRONG

Author: Chuck Klosterman

Publisher: Blue Rider Press

Creative + Art Director: Jason Booher

        Designer: Office of Paul Sahre

GIRL IN PIECES

Author: Kathleen Glasgow / Krista Marino

Publisher: Random House Children‘s Books | Delacorte

Creative + Art Director: Alison Impey

        Designer: Jen Heuer

HOW TO RUIN EVERYTHING

Author: George Watsky

Publisher: Plume

Creative + Art Director: Jason Booher

        Designer: Ben Denzer

OLD RECORDS NEVER DIE

Author: Eric Spitznagel

Publisher: Plume

Creative + Art Director: Jason Booher

        Designer: John Gall

ON DIRECTING FILM

Author: David Mamet

Publisher: Penguin Books

Creative + Art Director: Paul Buckley, Roseanne Serra

        Designer: Christopher Sergio

Penguin Galaxy Series (Dune, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Neuromancer, Stranger in a Strange Land, The Left Hand of Darkness, The Once and Future King)

Authors: Frank Herbert, Arthur C. Clarke, William Gibson, Robert A. Heinlein, Ursula K. Le Guin, T. H. White

Publisher: Penguin Classics

       Creative + Art Director: Paul Buckley

       Designer: Alex Trochut

Penguin Orange (Twelve Years a Slave, The Broom of the System, East of Eden, White Noise, The Joy Luck Club, The Snow Leopard, One Flew Over the Cuckoo‘s Nest, The Crucible, On the Road, Ceremony, We Have Always Lived in the Castle, The Call of Cthulhu)

Authors: Solomon Northup, David Foster Wallace, John Steinbeck, Don DeLillo, Amy Tan, Peter Matthiessen, Ken Kesey, Arthur Miller, Jack Kerouac,
        Leslie Marmon Silko, Shirley Jackson, H.P. Lovecraft

        Publisher:  Penguin Classics

        Creative + Art Director: Paul Buckley

        Designer: Paul Buckley, Illustrations by Eric Nyquist

THE BED MOVED

Author: Rebecca Schiff/Diana Miller

Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

Creative + Art Director: Carol Devine Carson

        Designer: Janet Hansen

THE PASSION OF MADEMOISELLE S.

Author: Jean Yves Berthault

Publisher:  Spiegel & Grau / Random House

Creative + Art Director: Paolo Pepe, Greg Mollica

        Designer: Gabriele Wilson

The Pelican Shakespeare (King Lear, Hamlet, A Midsummer Night‘s Dream, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night, Othello, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, The Tempest, Macbeth)

Author: William Shakespeare

Publisher: Penguin Classics

        Creative + Art Director: Paul Buckley

        Designer: Manuja Waldia

THE POSER

Author: Jacob Rubin

Publisher: Penguin Books

Creative + Art Director: Alison Forner

        Designer: Will Staehle

To view all of this year’s 50 Books prize-winning designs, click here.

To view all of this year’s 50 Covers prize-winning designs, click here.

Many Penguin Random House staff designers and art directors have been honored by the 50 Books |50 Covers contest over the years, and are deeply invested in seeing this design contest continue and remain vital.

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. Design Observer has hosted the competition since 2011.

Posted: August 9, 2017