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Advisory Panel

The advisory panel of nominators for the 2011 50 Books/50 Covers competition includes:

Michael Bierut is a partner at Pentagram in New York, and a co-founder of Design Observer.

Teddy Blanks is a designer and musician at Chips in New York.

Irma Boom, a graphic designer in Amsterdam, has made over 250 books, 50 of which are in the permanent collection of New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Tony Brook is the creative director of Spin in London, president of the UK chapter of Alliance Graphique Internationale, and curator of "Wim Crouwel: A Graphic Odyssey" at the Design Museum.

Michael Carabetta is the creative director of Chronicle Books in San Francisco.

Catherine Casalino is a graphic designer and art director at Grand Central Publishing in New York.

Arthur Cohen is a principal in LaPlaca Cohen, a consulting firm that helps arts organizations better connect and communicate with their audiences.

William Drenttel is publisher and editorial director of Design Observer, and director of Winterhouse Institute.

James Goggin founded design studio Practise in 1999 in London. In 2010, he moved to Chicago to be design director at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Melissa Harris is editor-in-chief of Aperture, and the editor of Merce Cunningham: Fifity Years. She is also a trustee of the John Cage Trust.

Julia Hasting, design director of Phaidon Press in New York, is a book designer, creative director, illustrator and educator.

Jessica Helfand teaches at Yale University and is a 2012 visiting artist at Wesleyan. She is a co-founder of Design Observer.

Steven Heller is co-chair of the MFA Designer as Author program at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and has written or edited over 100 books on graphic design.

Jessica Hische is a letterer, illustrator, typographer and web designer based in San Francisco.

Jerry Kelly is a book designer, calligrapher and letterpress printer based in New York who has published widely, including The Art of the Book in the Twentieth Century.

Chip Kidd is a graphic designer and writer living in New York. He is also the lead vocalist, percussionist, lyricist and co-songwriter in the band Artbreak.

Naveen Kishore is actively involved in the arts as a documentary filmmaker, theatre lighting designer, photographer and graphic designer. He is the publisher of Seagull Books in Kolkata, India.

Mark Lamster is a writer on the arts and culture. He is associate American editor of The Architectural Review, and is currently at work on his third book, a biography of the late architect Philip Johnson.

Alexandra Lange is an architecture and design critic, and author of Writing about Architecture: Mastering the Language of Buildings and Cities.

Julie Lasky is deputy editor of the "Home" section of The New York Times. She was previously editor of Change Observer, I.D. and Interiors, and managing editor of Print.

Nancy Levinson is editor of Places. Previously she was founding co-editor of Harvard Design Magazine and, at Arizona State University, the first director of the Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory.

Adam Harrison Levy is a writer and film-maker. He specializes in interviews for BBC television documentaries covering art, film and history. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York.

Ellen Lupton is director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York.

Ravi Naidoo is the founder and managing director of Interactive Africa, a Cape Town-based media and marketing company, and director of South Africa's yearly Design Indaba festival.

Maud Newton is a writer and critic who contributes to the New York Times Magazine and many other publications. She received the 2009 Narrative Prize for the novel she's writing.

Rick Poynor is a writer, critic, lecturer and curator, specializing in design, media and visual culture. He founded Eye, co-founded Design Observer, and contributes columns to Eye and Print.

James Sanders is an architect and curator, and the author of Celluloid Skyline: New York in the Movies.

Chris Sergio is a freelance art director, designer and artist in New York.

Adrian Shaughnessy is a graphic designer, writer, publisher, and senior tutor at the Royal College of Art, London.

Jill Shimabukuro is the design and production director at the University of Chicago Press.

Erik Spiekermann is the creative director and managing partner of edenspiekermann, with offices in Amsterdam, Stuttgart, San Francisco and Berlin. He is a renowned typographer.

Astrid Stavro is an editorial and event designer based in Barcelona and Mallorca. She also co-produces Infolio, a publisher of books on graphic design and the visual culture.

John Thackara is a writer, speaker and design producer, and director of Doors of Perception. In addition to this blog, he is the author of twelve books including In The Bubble: Designing In A Complex World.

Khoi Vinh is a designer, writer and entrepreneur. He is CEO of Mixel and blogs at

Rob Walker is a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine and the author of Buying In: The Secret Dialogue Between What We Buy and Who We Are.

David (Xing-Gong) Wang, an elder of graphic and book design, has worked in Taiwan for over forty years.

Lorraine Wild is a designer and educator in Los Angeles. She established Green Dragon Office in 1996 to focus on collaborations with architects, curators and publishers.