Wings

Wings

Scholastic, Inc., New York, New York, 2000

Description

The design for Wings was something that happened more easily than most. I've worked with Christopher Myers on all of his picture books at Scholastic Press, and each one is very different in tone. For this book, I immediately felt that a clean, classic design using a serif typeface would be the right way to set off and subtly complement his artwork. I wanted to project a quiet dignity with the typography that reflects the quiet dignity of the main character, Icarus Jackson, a boy who can fly and is ostracized for being different. This picture book is for everyone: it works not only for very young children, but for anyone who reads it. The vertical trim size, generous white space around the artwork inside the book and the plain typography all help to create a quiet space for Myers’ artwork to soar.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2000
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book

Credits

Design firm
Scholastic, Inc.
Art director/designer
David Saylor
Illustrator
Christopher Myers
Production coordinator
Alison Forner
Trim size
7 1/2 x 11 inches
Pages
32
Quantity printed
15,000
Compositor
David Saylor
Typefaces
Devinne, Bauer Bodoni
Printer/binder
Tien Wah Press
Papers
150 gsm gloss Artpaper (jacket and case), 150 gsm Nymolla matte (text)
Binding method
Smythe-sewn
Binding materials
2.4 mm Smythe board and added reinforcing concealed cambric
Endpapers
150 gsm Woodfree, 2–3 and 6–7 marbled PMS 292U, 4–5 solid PMA 292U stock
Author
Christopher Myers
Publisher
Scholastic, Inc.
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