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Focus: 50 Books, 50 Covers

These books are judged by their covers. Design Observer has joined forces with AIGA and Designers & Books in continuing one of the longest-running awards in graphic design. A panel of 35 design and publishing luminaries —  along with the general public — submitted hundreds of nominations to this year’s competition. Intriguing, inspiring, and chock-full of graphic elegance (and occasional wit), the books submitted provide evidence of how compelling the visual presentation of information can be.

Here are selected architecture- and design-related covers as submitted to this year’s competition: