The Arts&Leisure section’s annual “Year in Culture” issue features the Times‘ critics discussing the year’s cultural highlights. Since this issue is purely retrospective, we created a backwards “2006” in which each number gets progressively smaller, as if one were looking back through the numerals to the beginning of the year. This large mark, centered on the paper’s fold, is overlaid against a field of backwards type listing the issue’s contents. Art Director: Paul Jean Society of News Design: Award of Excellence