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Ukrainian Young Book Design Awards brought together more than 400 participants from 8 countries

Together with Hooga design studio, Osnovy Publishing has published many beautiful books, and in 2018 we held the first Ukrainian Young Book Design Awards. We managed to bring together more than 400 young designers from 8 countries.


We want to improve the level of design in Ukraine. To do this, we help young and talented designers express themselves and evolve. The competition was designed to be international.


We also want the Ukrainian Young Book Design Awards to be a community of designers without borders and boundaries in themes and styles. As part of the competition, we also organised portfolio reviews, exhibitions, and lectures.

Best Visual Concept and Grand-Prix, Illusion project by Alona Shostko

What are the conditions of the competition?
Designers aged 14-30 are free to submit an unlimited number of projects into four categories: Visual Concept, Layout and Typesetting, Illustration Series, and Cover. It is important that only unprinted books can be submitted for the competition. The 2019 submission period lasted from March 1st to April 14th.
The submissions were evaluated by designers and creative industry representatives from Ukraine, Poland, and Germany, namely Nora Gummert-Hauser, Philipp Meuser, Andriy Klen, Alexandra Nalench-Javetska, Tomas Kendzerski, and Anton Ivanov.
 Best Cover, DUST: informal art of the 90s of Poltava Project by Shaza Musa
What were the prizes?
The competition winners received prizes from Readymag, a visual content platform, Arctic Paper, manufacturer and supplier of design paper, KAMA and Projector educational projects.
The main partner of the competition was Huawei. Together we created an additional nomination - Huawei Special Prize for Outstanding Design. Thanks to these nominations, competition winners, and 2 participants who did not win by the judges’ vote but were chosen by the Huawei company, received Huawei P30 lite phones.
Best Illustration, Vykryvachi Project by Alona Shostko
What did we accomplish?
More than 400 young designers participated from Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Israel, Hungary, Lithuania, USA, and Russia. The Ukrainian Young Book Design Awards ceremony became a place for networking for young and talented designers, Ukrainian publishers, and representatives of creative companies. We held two exhibitions, one in Kyiv at the Bursa hotel and the other in Lviv at the Sheptytsky Center. We also held a packed lecture by Dmytro Yarynych on book design.
The exhibition in Kyiv
What’s next?
We’re already planning the competition for next year. We believe that we’ll be able to bring together even more cool and bold designers.
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