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Five designers pick their favourite covers of the year

Arvida: histoires(Le Quartanier)by Samuel ArcyibaldDesigned by Catherine D'Amours

Arvida: histoires
(Le Quartanier)
by Samuel Arcyibald
Designed by Catherine D’Amours

I love the aesthetic sensibility of maps. The simplicity, the communication via precise lines and tiny symbols, the whole visual language. So I’m a sucker for a good map cover, and Arvida stands out this year as a notable example. The designer employs bold, flat, striking colour, and does what more of her colleagues should do: considers the complete object, incorporating a comprehensive design that utilizes the full jacket surface including back, spine, and flaps. – Jessica Sullivan.