Artifacts of Flight
Artifacts of Flight
Artifacts of Flight
Artifacts of Flight
Artifacts of Flight
Artifacts of Flight
Artifacts of Flight

Artifacts of Flight

Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York, New York, 2003

Description

Artifacts of Flight is a catalog of flight-related memorabilia from the collection of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. The impressive and quirky range of material selected adds depth to the viewers’ experience of seeing these historic high- and low-tech apparatus in a stark yet pleasing display. The design builds on the consistency of the author’s crisp black-and-white photographs of the objects, which were silhouetted and reproduced in duotone, and her anecdotal texts about them. Objects float, drift, or fly across the white, gravity-free space of the page; the typography lends a simple rhythm and implied structure. Small design details enhance the presentation: a tick mark at the folio alludes to the precision of flight instruments, star charts on the endpapers summon up the night sky, metallic ink shimmers like the side of an aircraft.

Juror Notes

“Antigravity graphics and the pleasure of design fill these pages.” Jack Woody “It’s got a lot of persona. Every page is composed.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2003
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book, Catalogue

Credits

Design firm
Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Creative director
Michael J. Walsh Jr.
Designers
Joseph Cho, Stefanie Lew
Jacket designers
Joseph Cho, Michael J. Walsh Jr.
Photographer
Carolyn Russo
Production director
Jane Searle
Author
Carolyn Russo
Editor
Richard Slovak
Publisher
Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
Trim size
8 x 11 5/8”
Pages
160
Quantity printed
10,000
Compositor
Binocular
Typeface
FF DIN
Printer
American Pizzi Offset Corp.
Jacket printer
American Pizzi Offset Corp.
Paper
130 gsm R400 matte satin coated
Binder
American Pizzi Offset Corp.
Binding method
Smyth sewn with one-piece cloth case, head/tail bands, and square back over 3mm boards
Book type
Literature and nonfiction
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