Best designed Croatian books published in 2020 selected for “Best Book Design from all over the World” competition and “Book Art International“ exhibition

Objavljeno 4.3.2021.

The National and University Library in Zagreb selected best designed 2020 Croatian books as part of 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 is annually organised as part of a larger, international competition, launched every year 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 210 entries submitted during this year’s competition a judging panel, consisting of the graphic artist and professional cameraman Luka Gusić, academic painter and graphic artist Danijel Srdarev, Associate Professor at the University of Osijek Academy of Arts and Culture Nives Tomašević and Senior Curator at the NSK Print Collection Maja Karić, selected the following 18 titles, which we list here in alphabetical order:

ARS ET VIRTUS. Croatia-Hungary: 800 years of shared cultural heritage
Authors: Marina Bagarić, Dragan Damjanović, Petra Vugrinec, and others
Design/Graphic design: Studio Bilić_Müller
Publisher: Galerija Klovićevi dvori

Cetinjski rukopis
Author: Branko Čegec
Design/Graphic design: Božidarka Brnas
Publisher: Meandar media d.o.o.

Dalma od tisuću kamenčića
Author: Silvija Šesto
Illustrations: Hana Tintor
Design/Graphic design: Nina Ivanović
Publisher: Semafora

Divlje i tvoje
Author: Olja Savičević Ivančević
Design/Graphic design/Illustrations: Danijel Žeželj
Publisher: Fraktura

Glasgow
Author: Thanos Gogos
Design/Graphic design: Nikša Eršek
Illustrations: Efthimios Gallos
Publisher: Sandorf

Heimweh / Domotužje
Author: Herman Hesse
Frontpage design: Vanja Perković
Graphic design: Danijela Karlica-Žilić
Illustrations: Caspar David
Publisher: Školska knjiga

Kućni duhovi
Author: Dubravka Ugrešić
Illustrations: Ana Kovačić
Design/Graphic design: Ivana Borovnjak
Publisher: Umjetnička organizacija Oaza

MADE IN: Crafts and Design Narratives
Design/Graphic design: Ivana Borovnjak, Ana Marija Poljanec
Publishers: OAZA, MUO, MAO, Nova Iskra, Mikser, Werkraum Bregenzerwald

Mama, mogu sama!
Author: Dino Pešut
Illustrations: Catalina Jaramillo Quijano
Design/Graphic design: Nina Bačun, Roberta Bratović
Publisher: Umjetnička organizacija Oaza

Muha u ateljeu Ivana Kožarića
Author: Sanja Lovrenčić
Illustrations: Dominik Vuković
Design/Graphic design: Ivana Čukelj, Korina Zbukvić
Publishers: Mala zvona, Muzej suvremene umjetnosti Zagreb

Nasmijati psa i sedam novih priča
Author: Olja Savičević Ivančević
Illustrations: Dunja Janković
Design/Graphic design: Nikša Eršek
Publisher: Sandorf

Predi predi hći moja, Vodič za djecu
Author: Mirjana Margetić
Illustrations: Marko Cerovac
Design/Graphic design: Tina Erman Popović – Lastik studio
Publisher: Etnografski muzej Istre/Museo etnograico dell’Istria

Sinagoge – Studije o arhitekturi sinagoga u Hrvatskoj / Studies on the architecture of synagogues in Croatia
Author: Zlatko Karač
Design/Graphic design: Nedeljko Špoljar
Publishers: UPI-2M PLUS, Arhitektonski fakultet Zagreb

Sinovi, kćeri
Author: Ivana Bodrožić
Design/Graphic design/Illustrations: Ivana Pamuković
Publisher: Corto Literary d.o.o, Hermes naklada

Slikar u kazalištu – Zlatko Kauzlarić Atač
Author: Martina Petranović
Design/Graphic design: Mario Aničić
Publishers: Hrvatska akademija znanosti i umjetnosti – HAZU, Hrvatska udruga likovnih umjetnika primijenjenih umjetnosti – ULUPUH

Svjetlana i sni o letu
Author: Dominik Vuković
Illustrations: Dominik Vuković
Design/Graphic design: Ivana Čukelj, Korina Zbukvić
Publisher: Mala zvona

The Collegiate Church of St Blaise in Dubrovnik
Authors: group of authors
Design/Graphic design: Franjo Kiš
Illustrations: Ivan Tenšek, Ivana Valjato Vrus, Davor Zuljan
Publishers: ArTresor naklada, Dubrovačka biskupija, Zborna crkva sv. Vlaha, Institut za povijest umjetnosti

Vošicki
Author: Marko Gregur
Design/Graphic design/Illustrations: Jasna Goreta
Publisher: Hena com

Although this year’s Leipzig Book Fair will not be held owing to circumstances brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, an international jury panel will select best designed titles from submissions received as a result of the national competitions from all over the world, including the 18 titles selected as part of the Croatian national competition.

After the international presentation of the greatest achievements in 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, designers, illustrators and publishers of the winning titles and thanks all who took part in the competition, and is extremely glad to see such impressive evidence of Croatia’s writers, visual artists, graphic designers and publisher weathering the challenging past year.