The best visual design work is about emotion as much as appearance. Powerful, brilliant pictures—presented in just the right layout—can make us experience a whole range of emotions, from fear to attraction, anger to happiness. The Society of Publication Designers (SPD) annual competition seeks the very best in editorial design work. Judged by a worldwide panel of top designers, the 45th edition of Rockport’s best-selling SPD series celebrates the journalists, editorial directors, photographers, and other talented individuals who brought events of the year 2009 to our doorsteps and computer screens. Stunning full-page layouts present everything from products to people, and objects to events, in ways that make each palpable and unforgettable. Featuring work published in a wide range of mediums and created by journalistic, design, and publishing talent from around the world.