When we began brainstorming our cover, we knew that Emily Gosling’s feature on book design (p62) would include practical insights into the processes behind their creation – golden rules of grids, templates, typographical hierarchies and what goes on behind the cover for it to work. With this is in mind, we thought it would be fun to have a blank book printed on our magazine cover, with a second, clear acetate cover sheet that could be lifted back and forth to show the grids, rules and coverlines, emphasising the process. However, once Emily’s copy arrived, along with a wealth of beautiful images, we decided to change strategy. It suddenly seemed criminal to feature so many gorgeous books inside the magazine but not on the cover itself. Sara De Bondt’s startlingly innovative design for The Body Decides was an obvious choice for the cover, and we experimented with typography and framing techniques to support, but not distract from, her amazing treatment.