Life turns man up and down

Life turns man up and down

Alfred A. Knopf Publishers, New York, New York, 2001

Description

The challenge of the interior design of this book was to unify the author’s collection of African open-air market pamphlets as a coherent volume whilst maintaining their individual characteristics. In some cases, we reproduced the entire pamphlet and in other cases, we only used a couple of pages or a group of pages.

To capture the look and feeling of the pamphlets we used several “dirty” blank pages as backgrounds—to give an aged-newsprint effect—and limited ourselves to the three colors that were used on the covers of the originals (pink, blue and green). To meet budgetary constraints we could only print one color per signature, so the pagination had to be precise.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2001
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover

Credits

Design firm
Alfred A. Knopf Publishers
Senior designer
M. Kristen Bearse
Production coordinator
Kathy Grasso
Trim size
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches
Pages
400
Quantity printed
9,000
Compositors
M. Kristen Bearse, North Market Street Graphics
Typefaces
Aksidenz Grotesk, Clarendon, Gill Sans, Plantin, Zapf Dingbats
Printer
RR Donnelley
Paper
Strategic Antique Cream 50 lb. text
Binder
RR Donnelley
Binding method
Hardcover—Burst
Jacket designer
Archie Ferguson
Jacket printer
Coral Graphics
Author
Kurt Thometz
Editor
Errou McDonald
Publisher
Pantheon Books
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