Sara Henderson White
University Press of Kansas

Touring book show marks 50 years

Tue, 03/22/2016

LAWRENCE — The University Press of Kansas will once again display the Association of American University Presses Book Show for 10 days from March 28-April 8. Now in its 50th year, for the first time in its history the book show includes winners in a newly established category of digital publications.

Members of the public are invited to come enjoy this free, hands-on exhibit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at UPK headquarters, 2502 Westbrooke Circle.

The show is a traveling exhibition of 46 books, 32 jackets/covers, one journal and three digital publications recognized for excellence in design and manufacture that were published by American university presses. Admirers of this art form and graphic designers alike are encouraged to pick up and examine the books to better view interior design details. The winners were selected from among 275 books, 325 jackets and covers, seven journals and 10 digital publications published in 2014 that were submitted by university presses. The jurors chose books based on superior layout of typography or illustration; jackets and journals were judged for outstanding overall design.  

Complimentary copies of the show catalog containing design specifications and jurors’ comments will be available at the press.

Jurors for this year’s show were Nola Burger of Callisto Media and Ned Drew, graphic design professor for Rutgers-Newark University, who judged jackets, covers and digital publications; and Renate Gokl, professor at the Art Institute of Chicago, and Simon Johnston of Simon Johnston Design, who judged books, journals and digital publications.

The juried show was established in 1964 to recognize meritorious achievement and as a means for members of the Association of American University Presses to share ideas for “intelligent, creative and resourceful bookmaking.”

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