50 Books | 50 Covers: Our Award-Winning Designs

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The American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) has announced the winners of this year’s 50 Books  | 50 Covers competition, widely recognized as the highest design honor in the book publishing world.  AIGA has been highlighting the best book jackets since 1923, and this year there were 696 entries from 36 different countries.  Prize-winning jackets created by designers for books published by Penguin Random House imprints and PRHPS client publishers are highlighted below: 

ZO | Xander Miller | Alfred A. Knopf
Jacket design: Janet Hansen

LEDGER | Jane Hirshfield  | Alfred A. Knopf
Jacket design:  John Gall

SURVIVING AUTOCRACY | Masha Gessen | Riverhead Books
Jacket design: Jason Booher
Art Direction: Helen Yentus

TOKYO UENO STATION | Yu Miri | Riverhead Books
Jacket design & art: Lauren Peters-Collaer
Art direction: Helen Yentus

VERGE | Lidia Yuknavitch | Riverhead Books
Jacket design: Rachel Willey
Art Direction: Helen Yentus

PENGUIN VITAE 5 BOOK BOXED SETThe Awakening and Selected Stories by Kate Chopin; Passing by Nella Larsen; Before Night Falls by Reginaldo Arenas; The Yellow Wall-Paper and Selected Writings by Charlotte Perkins Gilman; Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde | Penguin Books
Design: Paul Buckley

GEORGE ORWELL: ANIMAL FARM and 1984 | Repackaged Set | Berkley
Art Direction: Christopher Lin
Design & Illustration: Kaitlin Kall

THE TURN OF THE SCREW | Henry James | Berkley

BE: My Mindfulness Journal   | Wee Society  | Clarkson Potter
Jacket design:  Jason Schulte Design

BLACK FUTURES  | Kimberly Drew & Jenna Wortham | One World

I AM! Affirmations for Resilience   | Bela Barbosa   | Rise x Penguin Workshop
Art Direction & Design; Maria Elias
Illustrated by Edel Rodriguez

THE VERSO BOOK OF DISSENT: Revolutionary Words from Three Millennia of Rebellion and Resistance | Verso, a PRHPS client publisher
Jacket design: Studio Cem Eskini

WHITE TEARS/BROWN SCARS: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color  |  Ruby Hamad | Catapult, a PRHPS client publisher

GODSHOT  | Chelsea Bieker and Jonathan Lee  | Catapult, a PRHPS client publisher

DURO OLOWU: Seeing | Naomi Beckwith  | DelMonico Books/Prestel, a PRHPS client publisher

ROY LICHTENSTEIN: History in the Making, 1948–1960 | Elizabeth Finch, Marshall N. Price  | Rizzoli Electa, a PRHPS client publisher

I CAN MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD | Tyler Mitchell  | Prestel, a PRHPS client publisher

RICHARD PRINCE COWBOY | Robert M. Rubin | DelMonico Books, Prestel, a PRHPS client publisher

Bennie Johnson, the Executive Director of AIGA, said, “In a year where many of us felt and were disconnected in numerous ways, books provided us that connection to each other and to our world. Books play a vital role in our lives, and while our world and the ways we access and interact with stories may have changed, our appreciation for books has not.”

The full list of 50 Books | 50 Covers honored jackets can be viewed here.

Congratulations to our talented designers and art directors, and their respective publishers.

Posted: August 9, 2021