Saturday, 12:00pm
24 December 2022

Books received #50

The Most Beautiful Swiss Books; Topaff; AIAP Women in Design Award; and 10x1 54 (Contemporary African Art Fair)

Books Received 50

To round up 2022, here are a few micro-reviews of some fascinating award / anniversary books that caught our attention this year.

Cover of The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2021, published in 2022 and designed by Aude Lehmann.

The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2021

The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2021

The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2021 documents and catalogues the 23 winning publications from the 2021 edition of the competition. The book, designed by Aude Lehmann, discusses the process of selecting the winning entries and features interviews with professionals involved in their production. The documentation of the publications captures the at-home studio setups necessary due to the pandemic, capturing not only the most celebrated books, but also the conditions in which they were designed.

Spread from the ‘Images’ section of the catalogue, picturing As If – a collaboration between photographer Uta Eisenreich and designer Julia Born.

The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2021

Spread featuring an autobiography of the 1980s Swiss band, GRAUZONE, designed by Nicolas Eigenheer.

The Most Beautiful Swiss Books 2021

The hardbound cover of TOPAFF 10 Ans.


TOPAFF 10 Ans by jogging-vert

TOPAFF, a French music festival poster promoter, celebrated its tenth anniversary by publishing a book that showcases the 300 best posters from the past decade. This chronological anthology – roughly 30 posters from each year – features posters from illustrators, graphic artists, painters, designers and photographers. The book aims to be a: ‘database for artists, professionals and enthusiasts, and a nice graphic review of the decade.’

Spread featuring 2014 posters for Les Siestes Electroniques by Pierre Vanni (left), and Baleapop Festival by Twice Studio (right).


Spread picturing 2021 posters for Ideal Trouble Festival by Sylvie Astié and Julien Langendorff (left), and Radio Meuh Circus Festival by Sophy Hollington (right).


Blind embossed cover of Uncover, published by AIAP Edizioni.


Uncover from AIAP Edizioni

Uncover is a catalogue of the third and fourth edition of ‘AIAP Women in Design Award’ (AWDA) – a biennial international award open to women working in visual communications. Besides showcasing the winning and nominated entries, the book includes essays and visual projects that examine issues related to women's rights, women's work, and inequality through a design perspective.

Spread with the AWDA 2019 first prize awarded to Sylvia Bartoszewska, for the visual imagery of the Polish national parks.


Spread in celebration of Claudia Morgagni who in 2019 received the lifetime achievement award.


A reflective mirror-like cover and silver edges of 10×1 54, designed by TM Studio.


10×1 54

Designed by TM Studio, 10×1 54 is a book celebrating the tenth anniversary of 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair. Divided into four parts, the publication features essays and interviews with artists, gallerists and friends; an extensive compendium of artists and galleries involved in the fair over the years; as well as highlights of talks and special projects from last year’s fair editions.

The catalogues features 223 contemporary artists from Africa and its diaspora.


Spread highlighting the practice of Moroccan artist Hassan Hajjaj.


Eye is the world’s most beautiful and collectable graphic design journal, published for professional designers, students and anyone interested in critical, informed writing about graphic design and visual culture. It is available from all good design bookshops and online at the Eye shop, where you can buy subscriptions and single issues.