A handful of designers over at Design:Related are expressing their frustration with the AIGA’s decision to only select 41 covers for this year’s 50/50 competition.
The two main points of contention seem to be: (a) people paid good money to enter ($35-$50 per), so the AIGA has an implicit responsibility to keep its end of the deal, (b) to say that there were only 41 entries worth including is insulting at best and a slap in the face at worst.
Without seeing the actual entries or having been privy to the judging, it’s hard to weigh in with absolute conviction, but having kept pretty decent track of covers published in 2008 (188 in the Archive for last year alone), it does seem unlikely that there weren’t at least 50 designs worth highlighting. Also note that the designers expressing their frustration are no slouches. If talents such as Gregg Kulik, Henry Sene Yee, and Kimberly Glyder, to name a few, are expressing frustration, then you know something is amiss.
A representative of the AIGA has commented here before. I’d be interested to see if anyone can shed some light on this.