As Is: A Collection of Visual and Literary Works by Vietnamese American Artists

As Is: A Collection of Visual and Literary Works by Vietnamese American Artists

The Vietnamese Artists Collective, 2007

Description

A palm-size book with a stark white cover; an orange sticker the size of a fingernail reads “AS IS.” The concept for As Is: A Collection of Visual and Literary Works by Vietnamese Americans does not delineate between design and content. Design is content. The spare cover acts as a fresh canvas for the Vietnamese-American artists inside, whose stories, poems and photographs are influenced by war, exile and resettlement. The simple sticker works as both title and first text, evoking a used or damaged good in a thrift store, and it declares a powerful message about art, identity and community. A grassroots publication, As Is was created by the Vietnamese Artists Collective, an all-volunteer gathering of writers and artists in the San Francisco-Bay Area. The laser-printed book had a print run of 500 and was funded by grants from the City of Oakland and the Puffin Foundation.

Juror Notes

Witty, understated, familiar and surprising.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2007
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover

Credits

Design firm
The Vietnamese Artists Collective
Creative director
Anne Nguyen
Designer
Anne Nguyen
Picture editors
Han Pham, Carolyn Thuy-Linh Tran
Author
The Vietnamese Artists Collective
Editors
Tony Cuong Luong, Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen, Danny Thanh Nguyen, Ly Nguyen, Ky-Phong Tran
Trim size
5 x 7.25 inches
Pages
140
Quantity printed
500
Typeface
Whitney
Printer
Andresen Printing
Publisher
The Vietnamese Artists Collective
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