3 December 07 | N. J. Furl

AIGA announced the selections from its most recent 50 books/50 covers competition over the summer. Having missed that, though, the recent exhibition highlighting these books at the AIGA National Design Center offers a handy excuse to bring it up here.

It’s a well-known competition, but did you know it’s been running since 1923? Take a look at the winners and an almost endless plethora of other great time-wasting eye-candy (or “research” of you may like to rationalize it) in the AIGA Design Archives. If you’ve never visited, it’s a great place to destroy your afternoon.


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