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Silas Munro juror of AIGA 50 Books!

January 24, 2020

We are thrilled to announce that VCFA MFA in Graphic Design faculty member Silas Munro has been chosen as a jury member for the much-lauded design competition 50 Books, 50 Covers held by the AIGA!

Silas is joined by fellow jurors Hilary Greenbaum, Design Director at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Lisa Lucas, Executive Director of the National Book Foundation, Silas Munro, and this year’s chair, Michael Bierut, AIGA Medalist, and Partner at Pentagram.

About the competition:
Beginning in 1923, the Fifty Books of the Year competition was a yearly mainstay of AIGA. As dust jackets became more common, covers were added to the competition. From 2012–2018 Design Observer hosted the competition with AIGA through a joint venture. AIGA is delighted to usher in another year of amazing book and cover design. Browse the current submissions here.

This time-honored competition aims to identify the 50 best-designed books and book covers of 2019. The juror-selections from the 50 Books | 50 Covers competition exemplify the best current work in book and book cover design. Entries are open to anyone for books published in 2019.

Selections are included in the AIGA Design Archives, a searchable database of historical images documenting nearly 100 years of design excellence. Winners of 50 Books | 50 Covers of 2011–2017 can be viewed on Design Observer. Physical copies of the winners become part of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library collection at Columbia University’s Butler Library in New York City for future generations to study and enjoy.

About Silas:
Silas Munro engages multi-modal practices that inspire people to elevate themselves and improve society. Munro’s design studio Poly-Mode has designed identities and publications for exhibitions of Jacob Lawrence at MoMA, Mark Bradford at the Venice Biennale, Great Force for the ICA at VCU and Willi Smith: Street Couture for Cooper Hewitt. Munro’s writing appears in Eye, Slanted, the Walker Reader, and the book W. E. B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America. He is particularly interested in the often unaddressed post-colonial relationship between design and marginalized communities. Munro holds an MFA from CalArts and a BFA from RISD. He has served as a critic at CalArts, MICA, and Yale. Munro is Assistant Professor at Otis College of Art and Design and Advisor and Chair Emeritus at Vermont College of Fine Arts.