Stiftung Buchkunst [German foundation for book design] would have been happy to welcome an international jury of graphic design experts to the German National Library in Leipzig again this year to select the best of the best – best book design from all over the world. Stiftung Buchkunst would have been happy to have physically honoured the awardees at Leipzig Book Fair. And Stiftung Buchkunst would have been very happy to present the 500 international books from 30 countries to a broad audience. But this year, everything is different: jurors from abroad could not be invited and the physical fair was cancelled. Despite all this, the international partner competitions sent their prize-winning books to Frankfurt, to the central office of Stiftung Buchkunst.
So, what remained? A multitude of magnificently designed books to show the world! So the decision was made to invite four national graphic design duos to Frankfurt – one team a day. From all the entries, they picked their six favourites, accompanied by a film crew. The final decision on the 14 award-winning books was made by the eight-person jury in an online discussion.
As the highest mention, the jury awards the »Golden Letter«; in addition, one »Gold Medal«, two »Silver Medals«, five »Bronze Medals« and five »Honorary Appreciations«. The awards are non-monetary and are intended to stimulate greater international dialogue in the book design scene. The institutions asked to take part have distinguished books in national design competitions. Only such titles are accepted that have already been awarded pri¬ze in their home country or have been recommended by a body of experts.
Pixelgarten // Catrin Altenbrandt, Adrian Nießler
2xGoldstein // Andrew Goldstein, Jeffrey Goldstein
Slanted Publishers // Lars Harmsen, Clara Weinreich
Studio Pandan // Pia Christmann, Ann Richter