Cover for F. Scott Fitzgerald — The Great Gatsby (Designed by Francis Cugat)

Around 80 years after its release, you’d be hard pressed to find any other cover designer who wants to “reinterpret” the cover to The Great Gatsby. This is the book cover all other book covers dream about —a woman’s ghostly face floating in the sky against the bright lights of the decadent ‘20s. It doesn’t just depict the contents of the book; it illuminates them, and does so beautifully. When Francis Cugat first shared the design with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald loved it so much that he edited a few passages within the book to suggest the image on the cover. That’s the power of good design — it makes the author of the “great American novel” go back and tweak things to better match the design.