Audubon’s Watch

Audubon’s Watch

Houghton Mifflin Company, New York, New York, 2001

Description

This is a slightly creepy but romantic novel with some love, death (maybe murder) and, of course, an unacknowledged artist included. It seemed obvious to use one of Audubon’s drawings, especially a raven, the symbol of death. The challenge was to use it in a way that it didn’t look like it was from a field guide while maintaining the integrity of the art and possibly adding some of the darker qualities of the writing to it in the process. I like the tactile quality of the final piece. The ratty old binding, slightly sloppy design and antiquated fonts all thrown together imprecisely create something that looks elegant and rich.

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

Credits

Design firm
Houghton Mifflin Company
Art director
Michaela Sullivan
Designer
Archie Ferguson
Illustrator
John James Audubon
Production coordinator
Rita Cullen
Trim size
5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
Quantity printed
11,000
Typefaces
Claredon Bold Condensed, Engravers, Escrita
Paper
White uncoated linen
Printer
Henry Sawyer Company
Author
John Gregory Brown
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Company
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