The New York Times has chosen their favorite book covers giving some much deserved praise to book designers.
Among the books that earned the honor are: Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami, which was designed by Chip Kidd; A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride with a design by W. H. Chong; and Your Face in Mine by Jess Row with a design by Oliver Munday.
Here is more from The Times:
What is the value of a book cover if fewer and fewer people shop at bookstores? I used to browse St. Mark’s Bookshop looking for covers that caught my eye. It was an exciting way to discover new authors, and design played a huge role. Now, one increasingly encounters books through social media or online recommendations, and the role of the designer might, at first glance, seem diminished.