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2013 AIGA Medal Winners and PAPress

Over the years, we have been honored to collaborate with many of the world’s most talented designers and design thinkers. We are thrilled that this year the American Institute of Graphic Arts has chosen to recognize three of them with their highest honor—the AIGA Medal for lifetime achievement and design innovation. Our sincerest congratulations go out to Lucille Tenazas (Animal Logic, Casa Altadesigner), Jessica Helfand (Screen, Reinventing the Wheel – author, designer) and Bill Drentell (Mysteries of the Rectangledesigner, co-publisher). We look forward to working with all of you again in the future!

The Lustigs | Conversation & Exhibition


This Thursday AIGA/NY and MAD present “A Conversation with Elaine Lustig Cohen & Steven Heller—the lecture is sold out—but it coincides with the exhibition “The Lustigs: A Cover Story” at the AIGA National Headquarters, so be sure not to miss. Elaine Lustig Cohen was part of the recent Designers & Books Fair program “Learning from Experience: Four Graphic Designers in Conversation.” Above, a 1956 cover design from the book By Its Cover published in 2005.

A Conversation with Elaine Lustig Cohen & Steven Heller
An AIGA/NY Event
The Theater at MAD, 2 Columbus Circle
Thursday, January 17, 6:30 – 8:00 pm

The Lustigs: A Cover Story
AIGA National Design Center Gallery, 164 Fifth Avenue
Ends February 15 

PAPress in 50 Books/50 Covers Competition

There are many levels of satisfaction that come from working at Princeton Architectural Press. In addition to working with an insanely talented group of people, there is the simple thrill and sense of pride that accompanies each new book that arrives from the printer. In spite of dummies, color lasers, PDFs, and paper and binding material samples, we really don’t know how a title is actually going to come out, so there’s always some nervous anticipation and, almost every time, elation that the finished book exceeds our highest expectations. It’s the thrill any maker, whether architect, chef, furniture maker, or craftsperson experiences when a project is finally complete. As much as we create these beautiful objects because we love them and believe in what they say, there’s another adrenaline rush that comes when the book finds its audience: gets reviewed, blogged or “tweeted” about, and, in the best of all possible worlds, flies off the shelf. There’s a kind of vindication here: we’re not simply making these handsome, interesting books for ourselves, there is, indeed, an audience for what we do, and sometimes a surprisingly large and enthusiastic one.

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