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Polish Book Cover Design Competition at 50 Watts

Here are the great results of the competition held at to design a cover in the style of a 60s/70s polish book cover. The competition was judged by book cover design great, Peter Mendelsund, 50Watt’s blogger, Will Schofield and Daniel Mizieliński.


The top one here is the winner and you can go to the official blog posting at 50Watts to see the credits for the other fine covers. The only sad reality is this: Why can’t all book covers nowadays look like this? Why?!


Ian Shimkoviak, of theBookDesigners designed this one…


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