The shift toward e-books in recent years has made a book’s cover something of an afterthought for many of us; unlike with a traditional book, you almost never see it again once you’ve begun reading. But it’s not a completely lost art, as the winner’s of the 50 Books | 50 Covers competition proves. The selections, chosen by Jessica Helfand, a graphic designer behind the site Design Observer, Pentagram designer Michael Bierut, and a panel of guests, range from the simplistic but striking, to the elaborate and illusory.
“Of all design virtues, wit is the one I think designers hold in the highest regard,” Peter Mendelsund, a book designer, and one of the judges, told Wired. That comes through loud and clear in the designs they’ve chosen this year.
Check out a few above, and see the rest, here.