American Illustration 33
Edited by Len Small, Esther Wu. Illustrated by Daehyun Kim.
In its 33rd annual volume honoring the year's best editorial, book, advertising, poster and fine art illustration in hardcover, American Illustration comes extravagantly wrapped in all-black, organic, uncoated paper stocks and cloth. The simple black-on-black elegance of this, the latest in a series of celebrated annual books, is continued inside with a "little black book" that offers the names of the artists, captions and creative credits for each of the images in the collection, along with existential musings presented in verse anonymously, one for each of the 212 featured artists. The beauty of the packaging culminates with an original cover—an expressionless, genderless face borrowed from old Buddhist paintings—by South Korean artist Daehyun Kim on a double-sided jacket. Co-designed by Len Small and Esther Wu, this edition of American Illustration includes 383 winning images selected by a jury of top art and design professionals from among 9,720 images submitted by illustrators, magazines, publishers, agencies and schools. This year's distinguished jury included Chris Dixon, Design Director, Vanity Fair; Marti Golon, Art Director, Reader's Digest; Amy Hausmann, Deputy Director, MTA Arts for Transit & Urban Design and Peter Morance, Art Director, The New York Times, among others. As always, each illustration is generously presented one image per page in large format, standing on its own as a work of art.