The Beats

The Beats

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, New York, 2009

Description

This particular jacket is a rare example of when everything just falls into place on the first pass: the art and the design. I decided to use the images of Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg in the interior art because they spoke volumes to me about this particular generation of men and women. They were artists filled with pain, love, hope, dreams and insanity. I hoped to share this feeling with the viewer by showcasing these illustrations.

Juror Notes

I love any time you can find a good home for Cooper Black!

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2009
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover

Credits

Design firm
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Creative director
Susan Mitchell
Art director
Susan Mitchell
Jacket designer
Aaron Artessa
Illustrators
Paul Buhle, Harvey Pekar, Ed Piskor
Production director
Peter Richardson
Authors
Joyce Brabner, Harvey Pekar, Nancy Peters, Trina Robbins, Penelope Rosemont
Editors
Paul Buhle (text), Thomas LeBien
Publisher/client
Hill and Wang Novel Graphics
Trim size
6 x 9
Pages
208
Quantity printed
8,500
Compositor
Laura Dumm
Typefaces
CanCan de Bois, Cooper Black
Jacket printer
Lehigh Phoenix
Binder
RR Donnelley
Binding method
Notch
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