Favorite Book Cover Designs of 2012. One that really jumped out at me was “The Flame Alphabet” by Ben Marcus (Knopf) , with a jacket design by Peter Mendelsund. It was selected by Jon Gray, who writes:
The book covers that Peter Mendelsund designs are most often brilliant. He is annoyingly talented and, worse, consistent. My favorite this year is his cover for Ben Marcus’s novel “The Flame Alphabet.” A simple idea beautifully executed in rich, warm colors. Like all the best designs, it makes you wish you’d thought of it yourself. It serves as a reminder that a book can be so much more than data consumption on an electronic device. You want to hold it, own it and buy it for your friends.Chris Ware's own cover for Building Stories was sui generis and brilliant.