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Graphic design professor awarded for book cover design

October 12, 2012

Nancy Bernardo, a graphic design professor at Loyola University New Orleans, was recently honored by Design Observer in the 2011 “50 Books/50 Covers Competition” for her work on “Checking In/Checking Out,” a two-sided, passport-sized book written by Loyola English professors Mark Yakich, Ph.D., and Chris Schaberg, Ph.D.

The book relates behind-the-scenes stories of Schaberg’s experiences as an employee of United Airlines and Yakich’s lifelong efforts to cure his fear of flying. Bernardo designed the cover and layout to evoke the feel of “airport reading.”

“This is an incredible honor for me to be acknowledged among really well-known designers and publishers,” Bernardo said.

Tracing its roots back to 1924, the “50 Books/50 Covers Competition” represents perhaps the longest-standing legacy in American graphic design. Thanks to a partnership between Design Observer, the American Institute of Graphic Arts and Designers and Books, it has acquired a new life.

Design Observer was founded in October 2003 by prominent design writers Michael Bierut, William Drenttel, Jessica Helfand and Rick Poynor. The website is devoted to a range of design topics and includes essays, articles, reviews, blog posts and peer-reviewed scholarship.

For more information, contact Bernardo at 504-865-2633 or nbernard@loyno.edu.

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