The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Scholastic, New York, New York, 2007

Description

Author-artist Brian Selznick had a strong vision for the book and the designers helped realize this vision using type, layout and the stuff of bookmaking. The design began with the book’s setting (Paris in the 1930s) and was influenced by the career of silent filmmaker Georges Méliès, a main character in the book—hence the black-bordered pages and cinematic use of black-and-white illustrations to further the story.

Given the book’s 544 pages, a major hurdle was to make sure it would lie flat when opened, so that no artwork would get lost in the gutter. We solved this by choosing a loose-back Smyth-sewn binding. Otherwise, our format was based on an economical standard trim size to balance the cost of the binding and the excellent, uncoated text paper.

Juror Notes

These stunning, strong images work beautifully in conversation with the text. Type and image complement each other nicely.

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

Credits

Design firm
Scholastic
Creative director
David Saylor
Art director
David Saylor
Designers
Charles Kreloff, David Saylor, Brian Selznick
Jacket designers
David Saylor, Brian Selznick
Illustrator
Brian Selznick
Production director
Jaime Capifali
Author
Brian Selznick
Editor
Tracy Mack
Trim size
5.5 x 8.25 inches
Pages
544
Quantity printed
25,000
Compositor
Charles Kreloff
Typeface
Monotype Bulmer
Printer
Tien Wah Press
Jacket printer
Tien Wah Press
Paper
Nymolla woodfree
Binder
Tien Wah Press
Binding
Loose-back Smyth sewn
Publisher
Scholastic Press
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