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Five designers pick their favourite covers of the year

Year in review 2014Five top designers choose the books that wowed them


Sweet Affliction
(Invisible Publishing)
by Anna Leventhal
Designed by Megan Fildes

“Dark” is tricky to do on a cover, because it’s an inherently uninviting trait that tends to recede into the background on a shelf or a table full of flashier competitors. But in this case, the acid yellow demands attention, the handmade type is successfully skewed, and the raindrops provide an unexpected source of light. I was pulled in by the simple play of positive and negative space, and rewarded when I noticed the cityscape and sky had been flipped again on the back of the book. Extra credit is given when the design for a book of short fiction extends beyond the plot of the title story to represent the collection as a whole. – Natalie Olsen