Y Design Blog

November 6, 2020

The judging committee of the Adrian Van Sinderen Book Collecting Prizes is pleased to announce that Sophia J. Zhao ’23 of Pauli Murray College has been selected as the winning designer in this year’s poster competition. Sophia’s poster will be used to advertise this year’s competition for the Van Sinderen Book Collecting Prizes. Lauren Gatta ’21 of Grace Hopper College, Sidney Hirschman ’22 of Jonathan Edwards College, and Oscar Taperell ’24 of Grace Hopper College were all awarded honorable mention for their submissions. 

For more than half a century, student bibliophiles have been receiving prizes for the quality of their book collections, thanks to the generosity of Yale alumnus Adrian Van Sinderen (Class of 1910). In 1957 Van Sinderen established two prizes, awarding $1,000 to seniors and $700 to sophomores, in order to encourage undergraduates to collect books, build up libraries of their own, and read for pleasure and learning. In 2002 a poster competition was established with a $500 prize awarded to the winning designer.

The committee broke with tradition this year and awarded a first prize of $1,000 to Sophia for her body of work, shown here, selecting the first image as the winning poster. The committee congratulates her and the honorable mention recipients.

June 16, 2020

Winners of the 2020 Lohmann & Van Sinderen Prizes in Undergraduate Printing and Design have been announced. Due to the University’s response to COVID-19, this year’s competition was held entirely online and two additional categories were created to broaden the competition. Judges saw more than eighty submissions that featured a wide variety of academic, personal, and professional pieces.

October 28, 2016

The judging committee of the Adrian Van Sinderen Book Collecting Prizes is pleased to announce that Isaac Morrier ’17 of Branford College has been selected as the winning designer in this year’s poster competition.

July 5, 2016

We recently visited “The Poet of Them All”: William Shakespeare and Miniature Designer Bindings from the Collection of Neale and Margaret Albert, an exhibition currently on view at the newly renovated Yale Center for British Art. It features nearly one hundred miniature editions of works written or inspired by William Shakespeare, all bound with artistic designer bindings commissioned by Neale Albert J.D. ’61 in the past decade.

June 24, 2016

This Yale College viewbook was published in June 1968 and designed by the Carl Purington Rollins Printing-Office of the Yale University Press, the precursor to our office. 

June 16, 2016

The decorative relief over the main entrance to Sterling Memorial Library celebrates the great ancient civilizations, from the Assyrians to the Romans. 

June 7, 2016

This past spring, we designed The Book in History, The Book as History, a collection of essays by eighteen leading scholars in early modern literary studies that explore book history and the material text. Published by the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and distributed by Yale University Press, the 420-page volume features 60 color illustrations and will be available this August.

May 23, 2016

Congratulations, Class of 2016! We designed a series of Commencement-themed posters for the large display stands outside Woolsey Hall. 

May 20, 2016

In the Yale University Art Gallery’s “Everything is Dada” exhibition, which celebrates the centennial of the movement’s birth, graphic design students from the Yale School of Art created an interactive “Dada Lounge” that pays homage to the Dada spirit. 

May 4, 2016

Winners of the 2016 Lohmann & Van Sinderen Prizes for Excellence in Undergraduate Printing and Design were announced at last Friday’s awards ceremony in the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library.