PPN Book Show 2003 Thursday, October 26, 2023, Chronicle Books 280 Second Street, San Francisco

Date and Schedule

Thursday, October 26, 2023
Registration | 3:30 to 4:00 p.m.
Winning Covers Panel | 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Award Presentation | 5:30 p.m.
Book Show Gallery | 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.


Chronicle Books
680 Second Street
San Francisco, CA
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Winning Covers Panel

(4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
John D. Berry, Debbie Berne, and Victor Mingovits organized the judging for this year’s Book Show. This panel will discuss some of the lively conversation and energetic analysis that characterized the judging in San Francisco and New York.

About the Book Show

Since the early 1970s, outstanding book design, production, and manufacturing have been recognized at the annual Book Show. This year the judges have reduced the categories to two simple ones: Covers and Books.

The judges chose four as Best in Show for each category, and five to ten Winners. Awarded entries are announced at our Book Show event, and all award recipients are showcased in this online gallery.


  • Craft/Execution: How expertly has the typography been employed? Illustration? Photography? Are the design elements used expressively?
  • Innovation/Originality: Is the design fresh? At the forefront of current design thinking? In pace with emerging trends in book design strategy?
  • Positioning: How clearly does the design signal the book’s category/genre?
  • Engagement/Delight: Is the design eye-catching? Is it engaging? Does it draw the reader in? Does it linger in the mind afterward?
  • Impact: How successfully do all these factors work together to produce an impactful book cover?
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John D. Berry

John D. Berry is an editor, typographer, book designer, and design writer in Seattle. He has been president of ATypI (Association Typographique Internationale), editor of the design magazine U&lc, book designer for Copper Canyon Press, and program manager for the Fonts team at Microsoft. His books include Language Culture Type (2002), U&lc: Influencing Typography & Design (2005), and Hanging by a Serif: A Few Words About Designing with Words (2013). After 30 years of book and editorial design, as well as writing extensively about type and design, he has become a passionate advocate for effective text typography, both onscreen and off.

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Nola Burger

Nola Burger works collaboratively with clients in her solo design practice, to create enduring books. She became smitten with book design at California College of Arts and Crafts (now CCA), earning a BFA in 1992. At the University of California Press she designed covers and interiors for titles in poetry, art, photography, architecture, and social sciences; at Callisto Media her focus was cooking and lifestyle books. Her designs have won awards with the AIGA and American Association of University Presses, and she has intermittently taught typography at CCA. The eventual reader is always on her mind—the person who will hold the finished book. 

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Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich

Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich is currently principal at his design firm in San Francisco, specializing in publications, restaurant design, and branding. He has an MFA from Pratt Institute and graduated from Type@Cooper. His books feature his own illustrations, including Bembo’s Zoo and To All Men of Letters and People of Substance, both of which were selected as part of AIGA’s 50 best books of the year. He was Art Director and Creative Director for several publishing houses in New York, including Pantheon, Broadway Books, and HarperCollins. He has received awards from the Art Directors Club, AIGA, D&AD, Communication Arts, Eye, Graphis, HOW, PRINT, Type Directors Club, and two Webby Awards.

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Victor Mingovits

Victor Mingovits is a book designer working in New York City, creating book covers and interiors for a wide variety of projects—from traditional trade titles to limited edition publications for cultural institutions. Victor received his MFA in Design from University of Gothenburg. He worked at Mucca, art directing books for various publishing clients, and served as Senior Art Director for Motivate Books in Dubai. His design work has been recognized by AIGA 50 Books/50 Covers, Communication Arts Design Annual, Graphis Design Annual, PRINT Regional Design Annual, Type Directors Club, and the Association of University Presses. 

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Mumtaz Mustafa

Mumtaz Mustafa is an award-winning graphic designer. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design and is currently Senior Art Director at HarperCollins. Her cover designs have won awards in the New York Book Show. Mumtaz’s work has also been featured in various design publications including AIGA, Spine Magazine, @shedesignsbooks, Buzz Feed, Casual Optimist, Critics.org, as well as Vogue India, Newsline, Visage, and Dawn News. Mumtaz’s first passion is food, which she combines with design on her Instagram journey Spice and Sugar Table. With fellow foodie and friend Laura Klynstra, Mumtaz narrates tales and recipes “from the spice markets of Karachi to the farmers markets of the Midwest.” They are currently working on a book together.

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Mike Nicholls

Mike Nicholls is an Oakland-based, award-winning creative director, brand strategist, visual artist, and publisher using design as a tool for discovery, inspiration, and community building. He has translated ideas into visionary creative solutions with over 20 years of design experience and natural talent. Mike founded Umber, a media platform highlighting creative perspectives that matter, which has been recognized by Blavity, PRINT, San Francisco Chronicle, KQED, and Communication Arts. He has been fortunate to speak about his publishing work at SF Design Week, Dropbox Design, Where are the Black Designers?, Publishing Professionals Network Conference, and State of Black Design. www.thisismikenicholls.com.

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Igor Satanovsky

Igor Satanovsky is Senior Designer at Union Square & Co. in New York City. Since 2005, he has created hundreds of book covers and package designs for various Barnes & Noble imprints. He is also an independent publisher, editor, curator, and digital artist. Igor studied at CUNY Brooklyn College. His designs have been recognized by the New York Book Show.

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