2021 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show

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We are excited to share the selected entries for the 2021 Association of University Presses Book, Jacket, and Journal Show with you. This year’s show features 101 entries from 33 member publishers in 7 categories as selected by Gail Anderson, Janet Hansen, Matthew Monk, and Andrew Shurtz. Judging for this year’s Book, Jacket, and Journal Show took place remotely. You can browse selections in each category below or read the full press release.

View the show catalog on ISSUU.

2021 Selections by Category

Scholarly Typographic  |  13 selections
Scholarly Illustrated  |  16
Trade Typographic  |  6
Trade Illustrated  |  8
Poetry & Literature  |  4
Journals  |  0
Reference  |  2
Book Jackets and Covers  |  52
Journal covers  |  0

Member presses submitted 523 publications:

Scholarly typographic  |  43 entries
Scholarly illustrated  |  45
Trade typographic  |  24
Trade illustrated  |  31
Poetry and literature  |  14
Journals  |  4
Reference  |  6
Jackets and covers  |  356

About the Show

Since 1965, the Association of University Presses (AUPresses) Book, Jacket, and Journal Show has fulfilled its mission to “honor and instruct”: honoring the design and production teams whose work furthers a long tradition of excellence in book design, and—through a traveling exhibit and acclaimed annual catalog of selected entries—visually teachings the tenets of good design.

The Book, Jacket, and Journal Show recognizes meritorious achievement in design, production, and manufacture of books, jackets, covers, and journals by members of the university press community. It also provides an evaluation of their work and serves as a focus of discussion and a source of ideas for intelligent, creative, and resourceful bookmaking.

The show is a juried design competition, open only to AUPresses member publishers. Every autumn, the call for entries is distributed , and each January, the jurors gather in AUPresses’ New York offices to examine hundreds of submissions and select the very best examples of book, journal, and cover designs. Jurors are esteemed interior and cover designers appointed by the annual show committee.



ANDREW SHURTZ is a graphic designer, educator, and researcher based in New York City. Along with his colleagues Rebecca Gimenez, Mike Gallagher, and Sebastian Campos, he co-founded the international design collective We Have Photoshop in 2007. Together they also co-founded Convolution, a conceptual journal dedicated to exploring the intersections of experimental typography, art, poetry, and criticism. He has taught courses in typography, book design, experimental publishing, and contemporary graphic design theory at Parsons School of Design since 2011 and has been instrumental in the development of the core typographic curriculum for their Communication Design program. He has previously taught courses at Rutgers University and City College of New York and served as a visiting critic at Yale University, NYU ITP, and The University of Connecticut. He is the recipient of multiple AUPresses awards for book design and the Yale School of Art’s Phelps Berden Award. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana State University and his Master of Fine Arts from Yale University.

MATTHEW MONK is a designer and educator, with book design clients including The National Gallery of Art, Yale University Press, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Metropolis Books, The Museum of Art at Rhode Island School of Design, and Wellesley College. His work has been recognized in Print Magazine, Communication Arts, Graphis, ID, Metropolis, the Association of University Presses, and AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers. He taught for many years as professor of Graphic Design at Rhode Island School of Design before becoming founding faculty chair of the MFA in Graphic Design program at Vermont College of Fine Arts, where he serves as academic dean.


GAIL ANDERSON is a New York City-based designer, educator, and writer. She is Chair of BFA Design and BFA Advertising at the School of Visual Arts, and the creative director at Visual Arts Press. Anderson has served as senior art director at Rolling Stone, creative director of design at SpotCo, and as a designer at The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and Vintage Books. She has taught at SVA for thirty years and has coauthored 15 books on design, typography, and illustration with the fabulous Steven Heller. Anderson serves on the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee for the US Postal Service and the advisory board of Poster House. She is an AIGA Medalist and the 2018 recipient of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Lifetime Achievement Award for Design. Her work is represented in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the Milton Glaser Design Archives, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

JANET HANSEN is an associate art director at Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Penguin Random House. Her work has been featured by numerous publications including AIGA, The New York Times, and the Type Directors Club. She lives in a little old house in Montclair, New Jersey with her husband, daughter, and two whippets.


The 2020–2021 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show Committee

Dan Ruccia, Duke, Chair
Jennifer Blanc-Tal, Rutgers
Barbara Bourgoyne, LSU
Ani Deyirmenjian, Toronto
Mindy Hill, New Mexico
Kevin Barrett Kane, Stanford
Brady McNamara, Oxford
Katrina Noble, Washington
Regina Starace, Penn State
Isaac Tobin, Chicago
Kate Kolendo, Communications Program Manager, AUPresses