The catalogue of the 22nd Compasso d’Oro ADI prize, selected by local committees of the Osservatorio Permanente del Design ADI, includes the best of Italian design over the past three years. To mark the 150th anniversary of the Unity of Italy and the 50th anniversary of the ADI, the Prize was awarded this year at the end of the Unicità d’Italia event in Rome. The occasion celebrated the importance of the technological evolution of Italian design and its significance as an indicator of national customs. The Compasso d’Oro ADI prize is the most complete recognition of excellence. The first section of the catalogue is dedicated to the 19 Compasso d’Oro prize winners, who were judged on the quality represented by each specific field of design. In some cases the prizes were awarded for the focus on the user as the fundamental starting point from which the entire process began, in others it was their attention to eco-sustainability, and in others, technical experimentation and use of new materials. In addition to the traditional awards, the second part includes 77 special mentions, goods considered excellent in a range of categories, from home design to theoretical research, history and criticism of design, visual design, design of materials and other categories. Together these become part of the Compasso d’Oro ADI historic collection. The final section is dedicated to the 6 Compasso d’Oro Career Awards and include those conferred on Enzo Mari and Giancarlo Iliprandi, 3 international awards, and, this year, a special prize awarded to the Slow Food association. The catalogue graphics are by Italo Lupi. Immediately after his degree in architecture, he began working in the field of graphic design. He was a consultant for La Rinascente, then art director of Domus and, until 2007, editor and art director of Abitare. With Migliore+Servetto he “dressed” the entire city of Turin in cinnabar-red (over 10,000 installations) for the 2006 Winter Olympics ‘Look of the City’ theme. He won the Compasso d’Oro for his publishing graphics. He is Royal Designer in London, although he lives in Milan where he designs exhibitions and works as a graphic designer .