Best designed Croatian books published in 2019 selected for “Best Book Design from all over the World” competition and “Book Art International“ exhibition
The National and University Library in Zagreb selected best designed 2019 Croatian books through a national best book design competition (Hrvatska lijepa knjiga). The selected books will enter two major book events in Europe – the international Best Book Design from all over the World competition, which is held every year as part of the Leipzig Book Fair, and the Book Art International exhibition, traditionally taking place as part of the world-famous Frankfurt Book Fair.
The national competition was organised as part of a larger, international competition, annually launched by the German Book Art Foundation (Stiftung Buchkunst) with the aim of promoting the greatest creative accomplishments of art editors, graphic artists and printers all around the world.
Out of the record-breaking 197 books that were submitted during this year’s competition, a judging panel, consisting of the Fellow of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts Tonko Maroević, academic painter, graphic artist and professional cameraman Luka Gusić, academic painter and graphic artist Danijel Srdarev, and Head of the NSK Print Collection Tamara Ilić Olujić, selected the following titles, which we list here in alphabetical order:
BETLEHEMSKA CRNA OVCA, by Livija Kroflin (Semafora)
ČETIRI MEMORIJALA NENADA FABIJANIĆA, by Snješka Knežević and Nenad Fabijanić (Hrvatska akademija znanosti i umjetnosti)
DISCOVERING DALMATIA: DALMATIA IN TRAVELOGUES, IMAGES, AND PHOTOGRAPHS, (Institut za povijest umjetnosti)
DUGOG PUTOVANJA CILJ, by Michael Ende (Mala zvona)
GEC I MAJER, by David Albahari (Sandorf)
GOOD OR BAD IN VARIOUS BEDS, by Nora Turato (Oaza Book)
IDEJA SINTEZE / THE IDEA OF SYNTHESIS: OBLIKOVANJE SCENE I KOSTIMA PEDESETIH GODINA / SET AND COSTUME DESIGN IN THE 1950S, by Ana Lederer and Martina Petranović (Školska knjiga)
INTEGRALI, by Srečko Kosovel (Meandar Media)
JEZIK PTICA, by Faridudin Atar (Planetopija)
JURAJ DOBROVIĆ: IZBOR IZ DONACIJE, by Ana Petković Basletić (Hrvatska akademija znanosti i umjetnosti)
KNJIGE NAŠIH ULICA: 100 LICA ŠEGRTA HLAPIĆA I KNJIGE NA DLANU, by Bruna Justinić and Višeslav Kirinić (Etnografski muzej)
MAČKA ČOVJEK PAS, by Miljenko Jergović (Fraktura)
MALEŠNE, by Miroslav Kirin (Fraktura)
MARIJAN HRŽIĆ, OBRISI OPUSA – OUTLINES OF AN OUEVRE, by Ivan Rogić Nehajev et al. (Oris d.o.o., Oris Kuća arhitekture)
MIONA, DAJ ŠUTI!, by Silvija Šesto (Semafora)
O MEDVJEDIMA I NJIHOVIM LJUDOVIMA, by Marina Koludrović and Hana Vrca (Mala zvona)
PE PITA O NEBU, by Silvija Šesto (Ibis grafika)
PITON, by Zoran Ferić and Irena Jukić Pranjić (Knjiga u centru)
RIJEČ JE O SLICI, by Jagor Bučan (Sandorf i Mizantrop)
SAN LJETNE NOĆI, by Zoran Ferić (V.B.Z.)
SEDAM MAČAKA, by Daniil Harms (Mala zvona)
SERGIJE GLUMAC: GRAFIKA, GRAFIČKI DIZAJN, SCENOGRAFIJA, by Lovorka Magaš Bilandžić (Društvo povjesničara umjetnosti Hrvatske)
USNENA PREDAJA, by Suzana Matić (Fraktura)
USPON I PAD KOŠEVSKOG BRDA / SARAJEVO ZA PROLAZNIKE, by Branko Čegec (Meandar Media)
ZAGREB – PLAKATI: SLUČAJNA POVIJEST ZAGREBA, by Željka Kolveshi (Muzej grada Zagreba).
After the international presentation of the greatest achievements in the field of book design from across the world as part of the Leipzig and Frankfurt book fairs, all selected books will be included among the holdings of the German Museum of Books and Writing, which is part of the German National Library.
The National and University Library in Zagreb congratulates the authors and publishers of the winning titles and thanks all who took part in the competition!