The international juryJury panel in Leipzig, February 16th and 18th 2017, German National Library

An independent international jury convenes every year in February in Leipzig with the task of selecting 14 outstandingly designed books from about 600 of the best books from more than 32 countries: The best of the best!

Demian Bern / Germany
Bruno van den Elshout / The Netherlands
Lars Fuhre / Sweden
Tom Mrazauskas / Latvia
Federica Ricci / Italy
Mariko Takagi / Japan
Andreas Töpfer / Germany

Jury panel insightsFotos: Conny Mirbach

  • Tom Mrazauskas (Lettland)

is a book designer based in Berlin and Riga. His works have won several
awards in book design competitions, including “Förderpreis für junge
Buchgestaltung” (2014), Paris Photo/Aperture Foundation PhotoBook of
the Year Award (Special Mention, 2014), “Best Book Design from all over
the World” (2013). Recently he founded Brave Books, an independent
publisher with a focus on photography and works that are best conveyed
and represented in a book format.

  • Bruno van den Elshout (Niederlande)

works on artistic research projects that serve as invitations for people,
ideas and worlds to meet. Bruno is the author and publisher of NEW
HORIZONS (2014) which was awarded a bronze medal at the “Schönste
Bücher aus aller Welt” ceremony in 2015. His earlier projects included
Poldermotieven (2011): a series of portraits of Dutch motorways, and
Us Europeans (2007), a journey through all Member States of the European
Union, leading to 2,700 interviews with young people about their
daily lives, and the publication of his first book: Crossroad Europe
(2009). Bruno lives and works in The Hague, The Netherlands.

  • Lars Fuhre (Schweden)

is an art director, graphic designer and artist with some 15 years of
experience as a senior lecturer at the Beckmans College of Design in
Stockholm. He was the Creative Director for the Swedish glassworks
brand Orrefors. Since 2000 Lars Fuhre has run his own company Fuhre
Design AB with clients such as Centre culturel suédois in Paris and the
Swedish pastry brand Macarong. For the past years he has worked
mainly in book design, notably for Swedish institutions/companies, for
instance Moderna museet, Dansmuseet, Nationalmuseum, Magasin 3,
Albert Bonnier Publishers, Ikea and Millesgården. In 2014 Lars Fuhre
was awarded a one-year working grant allocated by The Swedish Arts
Grants Committee for the project “Heyday”.

  • Federica Ricci (Italien)

is a freelance graphic designer based in Milan, Italy. With an MA from
the University of Venice, Ricci has worked internationally, most notably
in Amsterdam for Irma Boom Office and Frame Publishers. Since
returning to Italy in 2015, Ricci has collaborated with Corraini on a number
of assignments, as well as working on personal projects and on
establishing the Best Italian Books Award.

  • Demian Bern (Deutschland)

runs his studio for communication design in Stuttgart. Amongst projects
on the cultural sector, corporate concepts and book design, he is
engaged in various settings as curator, publisher and initiator of artistic
formats of work and exchange. His hybrid concept platform EXP.
edition operates as a mobile project forum and dedicates itself to projects
and workshops related to experimental formats of discourse and
publication as well as contemporary art practices and special editions.
His work has been awarded various grants and design prizes.

  • Andreas Töpfer (Germany)

is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. He founded the publishing
house kookbooks in 2003 with Daniela Seel and is a visual editor
for Vagant—the Norwegian magazine for literature and culture. He works
at Milchhof: Atelier in Berlin and with buchgut, Berlin. His most recent
publications include “Speculative Drawing” with Armen Avanessian and
“The Origin of Senses” with Sabine Scho. His works have been awarded
prizes by the Stiftung Buchkunst, including the Grand Prize, and have
been named among the “100 Best Posters. Germany, Austria, Switzerland”.
His works have also won Gold in Norway’s Best Book Designs,
the German Photobook Prize and the IF communication design

  • Mariko Takagi (Japan)

is a German-Japanese typographer, an author and designer of books,
and an educator. Mariko Takagi spent 6 years in Hong Kong where she
worked as an Assistant Professor at the Academy of Visual Arts, Hong
Kong Baptist University. This move from a Latin letter-based to a bilingual
environment (Latin letters and Chinese characters) gave her new
inspiration and insights to culture, language and scripts. She recently
published a book “Kanji Graphy” in which she explores the Japanese
writing system with regard to its visual and semantic expressiveness
in typography. In April 2017 she will move to Kyoto to continue her work
as an Associate Professor and researcher at Doshisha Women’s College
of Liberal Arts. Books are her special passion: as her medium of
expression, as a container of knowledge and as a form of visual art.
Takagi received the “Golden Letter” from Stiftung Buchkunst in 2002.