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50 Books / 50 Covers

Every year since 1923, the American Institute of Graphic Arts, a.k.a. AIGA, has held the 50 Books/50 Covers competition in the United States. 

Thoughtfulness is not only put in to the design, but also how the books are produced. Michael Carabetta, who was a judge in this year’s competition, mentioned the books chosen excelled “not only in design—[but] in production; in paper, mixing coated and uncoated… People are getting into the real, physical qualities of the book.”

Here are a few of our favorites: 



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Wells College Book Arts Center

Wells College Book Arts Center


Wells-press-view The Book Arts Center at Wells College is located in Aurora, New York. A little village with a population of a little over 700, located east of Cayuga Lake in the Finger Lakes region. According to Printeresting, it is a place certainly worth a visit to see the wonderful letterpress and book arts facilities and the lovely people at the Wells College Book Arts Center. (Read more and see more photos here)