March 11, 2010

Designing the Design Annual

The Publication Design Annual is 330-plus pages of the year's finest editorial design, photography and illustration. Published by Rockport, the Society of Publication Designers annual tome is a must-have for art directors and designers.


For the past two years the book's design has been the responsibility of TBA+D and Todd Albertson, working together as the design duo Weapon of Choice. The theme of the 2008 edition was "info-graphics" and earned an Art Director's Club of New York Silver Cube for book cover design. The design of the recent 2009 edition, reflected the disruptions in publishing; magazine closings and heavy job losses.


Fredrik Brodén photographed the cover: two blank, inkless pages curled to form the number 44, the age of the SPD. TBA+D and Todd Albertson, have again been tapped to design and produce this year's annual. It will be published in November 2010.