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49th Annual Book Show Judges

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Matt Avery is principal of Monograph design studio in Chicago, IL. His studio works in all media, with a special expertise in publishing. Matt formerly worked at the University of Chicago Press, and his designs have been recognized by the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers, the Type Directors Club of New York, the Communication Arts Typography Annual, Print Regional Design Annual, the Society of Typographic Arts, the Association of American University Presses, and the Chicago Book Clinic.

Matt Avery

Principal
Monograph Design Studio

Frances Baca is VP of Brand and Design Strategy at Callisto Media and principal of Frances Baca Design in San Francisco, CA. Her work focuses on editorial design, creative direction, and design consultation for both established and emerging businesses. Frances studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, and her work has been recognized by the James Beard Foundation, the Society of Publication Designers, the Association of American University Presses, Graphic Design USA, the New England Book Show, and Bookbuilders West.

Frances Baca

VP of Brand and Design Strategy
Callisto Media

Shubhani Sarkar is principal of Sarkar Design Studio in New York, NY. Her studio focuses on print and digital media in the corporate, nonprofit, and fine arts sectors. Shubhani studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and Yale, and formerly worked at Hyperion Books and HarperCollins Publishers. Her designs have been recognized by the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers, and the New York Book Show.

Shubhani Sarkar

Principal
Sarkar Design Studio

Jill Shimabukuro is Director of Design at University of Chicago Press in Chicago, IL. Jill leads a team whose work has earned international recognition for design excellence. Jill studied at Grinnell College and formerly worked at Northwestern University Press. Her designs have been recognized by the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers, The Type Directors Club of New York, Communication Arts, the Association of American University Presses, and Print Regional Design Annual, and are part of the permanent collection of the Denver Art Museum/AIGA Design Archives and Society of Typographic Arts Chicago Design Archive.

Jill Shimabukuro

Director of Design
University of Chicago Press

Regina Starace is Senior Designer at Penn State University Press in University Park, PA. Her work focuses on the design of heavily illustrated books for both scholarly and trade audiences. Regina studied at SUNY New Paltz, and has maintained a solo design practice that includes both university press and commercial publishers. Her designs have been recognized by the Association of American University Presses, the AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers, the New York Book Show, Print Regional Design Annual, and the Central Pennsylvania Creative Professionals.

Regina Starace

Senior Designer
Penn State University Press

Lesley Worrell is Senior Designer at Tor/Forge Books/Macmillan in New York, NY. Her recent work focuses on Teen sci-fi/fantasy fiction. Lesley studied at NYU and Parsons School of Design, and formerly worked at St. Martin’s Press and Penguin Random House. Her designs have been recognized by She Designs Books and Spine Magazine.

Lesley Worrell

Senior Designer
Tor/Forge Books/Macmillan