All Known Metal Bands

All Known Metal Bands

McSweeney’s, San Francisco, California, 2008


The aim with All Known Metal Bands was to make the book feel like the record of a culture rather than the project of a particular person. All explanatory info was placed in the back; the main text and cover were dedicated to a straightforward fulfillment of the concept. The shape of the book allowed a large number of band names to be placed efficiently on each page, and gave it a bit of a logbook feel. The cover design, with its vaguely Middle Eastern aesthetic, was again meant to emphasize the information over any particular image. We used silver ink on black paper, for obvious reasons. 

Juror Notes

A very funny joke executed with great finesse and attention to detail.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2008
Repository: Denver Art Museum
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book


Design firm
Art director
Eli Horowitz
Dan Nelson, Alvaro Villanueva
Dan Nelson