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Design Devices: Concentric Circles

Concentric circles, repeating lines, spirals, and other radiating shapes on a cover draw in a viewer’s eye and create a sense of movement.

Design Devices: Concentric Circles

Concentric circles, repeating lines, spirals, and other radiating shapes on a cover draw in a viewer’s eye and create a sense of movement.

Concentric shapes exude different feelings depending on how the designer uses the visual device. Sometimes, a different character or time period is contained within each layered, concentric circle, as in Middlemarch and The River of No Return, seen below. Other times, radiating lines create a sense of nervousness and unease.

Here are dozens of covers that all use some form of radiating shapes. Explore the tag “concentric” to see even more covers that use this engaging design element.

*Blog post cover image is by Jasper Johns

Design by Nick Misani, 2013
Design by Elena Givaldi, 2014
Design by Jaya Miceli, 2016
Design by Oliver Munday, 2019
Design by Emily Mahon, 2022
Design by Jenny Carrow, 2022
Design by Ellie Game, 2023
University of Kentucky Press, 2023
Design by Jaya Miceli, 2021
Design by Justin Carder
Design by Justin Carder
Design by Irene Martinex Costa, 2022
Design by Laywan Kwan, 2020
Design by Myunghee Kwon, 2022
Design by Erin Fitzsimmons, 2022
Design by Faceout Studio, 2020
Design by Luke Bird, 2022
Design by Jack Smyth, 2021
Design by Keith Hayes, 2022
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