McSweeney’s 7

McSweeney’s 7

<em>McSweeney’s</em>, San Francisco, California, 2001

Description

Giving each story in this issue of McSweeney’s its own binding and cover is a great way to work with lots of artists at once and to make ten books when you’re supposed to be making one. The outer cover is just raw board with the type letter pressed into it. We wanted to have a thick rubber band holding the booklets together, but the printer, Oddi Printing of Reykjavik, felt they might buckle within the band, and recommended using a hardcover shell with the books slipped inside. We love the result; it looks like a book in mid-process, before binding—very raw. As always, it was a true collaboration between Oddi Printing, Elizabeth Kairys (who commissioned all the illustrations) and the authors.

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

Credits

Design firm
<em>McSweeney’s</em>
Art directors
Dave Eggers, Elizabeth Kairys
Designer
Dave Eggers
Illustrators
Melinda Beck, Tim Bower, Elizabeth Kairys, Sharon Leong, Katherine Streeter, Chris Ware, Eric White
Production coordinators
Arni Sigurdsson, Oddi Printing
Trim size
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches
Pages
335
Quantity printed
15,000
Typeface
Garamond 3
Printer
Oddi Printing
Papers
Book Design Smooth 120 g/m2, Munken Lynx 170 g/m2, Kappa 2.5 mm (binders boards)
Binder
Oddi Printing
Binding method
Saddle-stitched, rubber band
Authors
Kevin Brockmeier, Michael Chabon, Ann Cummins, Courtney Eldridge, A.M. Homes, Heidi Julavits, JT LeRoy, Allan Seager, William T. Vollman
Editor
Dave Eggers
Publisher
<em>McSweeney’s</em>
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