The international juryJury panel in Leipzig, February 8th and 10th 2018, 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 33 countries: The best of the best!

Photos: Rolf Wöhrle

Susan Colberg / Canada
Jonas Voegeli / Switzerland
Aud Gloppen / Norway
Alexandra Buhl / Island
Florian Hardwig / Germany
Stefanie Schelleis / Germany
Noam Schechter / Israel

  • Susan Colberg (Canada)

Susan Colberg, MVA CGD FGDC, is Associate Professor of Design Studies at the University of Alberta and a Fellow of the Graphic Designers of Canada. She has won numerous design awards for her work and has served on the juries of the Association of American University Presses, the Alcuin Society for Excellence in Book Design in Canada and the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada among others. Her work has been exhibited in Europe, the Americas and Asia and examples can be found in the collections of the Fitzwilliam Museum (University of Cambridge), the Houghton Library (Harvard University), the German Book & Type Museum (Leipzig), the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC) and the Banff Centre.

  • Jonas Voegeli (Switzerland)

Jonas Voegeli is a Swiss graphic designer whose work is dedicated to book and editorial design, art direction, and corporate identity/brand development. Through various engagements with the design profession, his work, design methodology, and pedagogic approach serve as proof of his commitment to the advancement of the graphic design field — professionally and academically. Voegeli has consistently been awarded by Swiss and International design competitions. He is a founding partner of Hubertus Design (Zurich/New York), the head of Visual Communication at the Zurich University of the Arts, and a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale (AGI).

  • Aud Gloppen (Norway)

Aud Gloppen (born May 11, 1963) is a Norwegian graphic designer and design teacher, living in Oslo. In 2005 she established Blæst design together with three colleagues, a studio specialising in book design, editorial design and work for cultural institutions. Formerly she was a designer in Bokklubben and in Cappelen Publishing House. Aud Gloppen has developed book design for a broad range of authors and literary genres. She is best known for her timeless and often typography based book design. She has received several awards for her design of especially classical literature, including an edition of the Bible. Today she works in Vårt Land Newspaper and Publishing House as Creative Director.

  • Alexandra Buhl (Island)

The graphic designer Alexandra Buhl (*1975) has designed countless book covers for the icelandic publishing house Forlagið in the past nine years. She completed her diploma as a graphic-designer 2003 in Offenbach am Main at the Hochschule für Gestaltung (HfG). Her book covers have been chosen several times as the best book cover of the year by the icelandic newspaper Fréttablaðið. She lives with her icelandic husband and two daughters in Reykjavik since 2005.

  • Florian Hardwig (Germany)

Florian Hardwig is a typographer and type writer in Berlin. With fellow designer Malte Kaune, he runs the design studio Kaune & Hardwig where he works on book designs, visual identities, and more. In addition, Florian writes about type-related topics and serves as an independent consultant to typeface designers and font users. Together with Stephen Coles, he is the editor of Fonts In Use, a public archive of typography that documents and examines graphic design with the goal of improving typographic literacy and appreciation. Florian serves on the board of the Society for the Promotion of Printmaking and Book Art Leipzig which awards the Walter Tiemann Prize. He is a member of Fust & Friends, an international association of letterform aficionados.

  • Stefanie Schelleis (Germany)

*1963, trained in publishing with S. Fischer Verlag. Since 1985 Book Designer and producer in Frankfurt/Main, initially with S. Fischer Verlag, later (1991-2003) with Suhrkamp Verlag. Since 2003 she has been living in Munich, where she works as head of production management with Carl Hanser Verlag (fiction, non-fiction, children’s and young people’s books). She has served several times on juries of the Stiftung Buchkunst (national and international in 2012) and was member of the jury for The Beauty of Books in China in Shanghai from 2007 to 2013. In 2014 she was invited to take part in the jury for the First Latin American Book Design Prize in Buenos Aires. She held workshops in Book Design/Book Production for the GBO in Delhi in 2015 and for the Seagull School for Publishing in Kalkutta in 2017. Awarded several times The Best German Book Design.

  • Noam Schechter (Israel)

*1964, Jerusalem. Noam SCHECHTER is an Israeli graphic designer, a lecturer and a researcher specializing in Hebrew typography. The books he designed throughout the past two decades, activate the tension between polyphonic reading and the linear format. Their structure celebrates the bi-directional browsing directions that is inherent to the composition of Semitic and Latin typography. His design formats seek to emphasises the endemic values of the local cultures. Throughout his creative career, Schechter has taught typography and book design at several academic settings. In the past decade, he has become a prominent faculty member in the Department of Visual Communication at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem, where he serves as academic director for the graduation projects and presentations. As a research student at the Cultural Studies program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Schechter uses historical research to enrich his work. His thesis elaborates kinship between modern Hebrew book typefaces and the Jewish national identity, since its formation in Europe up to its manifestation in the contemporary state of Israel.

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