The Unknown City

The Unknown City

Beacon Press, Boston, Massachusetts, 1998

Description

The Unknown City is a scholarly book about the forgotten generation of working-class urban America. The design nearly fizzled when Elizabeth had to switch photographs mid-job because of permission difficulties. She managed to find another with exactly the same fissure to accommodate the type and still succeed thematically. For a nanosecond, editorial felt that the new photo looked too much like Wall Street; fortunately, good design prevailed. The typography has this amazing interaction with the photo. If the title were in Russian, you would still get it.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 1998
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover

Credits

Design firm
Beacon Press
Art director
Sara Eisenman
Designer
Elizabeth Elsas
Photographer
Tom Arndt/Swanstock
Typeface
Alternative Gothic No. 2
Printer
Coral Graphics
Paper
100# Coated One Side
Authors
Michelle Fine, Lois Weis
Publisher
Beacon Press
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