Last year I worked on multiple publication projects. The first thing when I start an editorial project with a client is defining the style which is directly connected with the cover design. Unless the client has a pretty defined idea of what he/she wants for the cover I usually like to present at least 2 or 3 options for the cover.
The cover design will determinate the font, color and other graphics elements that will be used all along the rest of the publication layout.
Here is a compilation of some of the cover design work from last year, some are designs that didn't went through and some that were selected.
Are you finishing editing a publication now? Let me know if you need assistance with the layout or the cover of your publication.