Cairo’s Ben Ezra Synagogue

Cairo’s Ben Ezra Synagogue

Costello Communications, Inc., Chicago, Illinois, 2001

Description

This book examines the historic and cultural significance of letter fragments from the late ninth century, found at the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo, Egypt. Our challenge was to make an academic text, intended mainly for students and researchers, visually interesting and inviting for a general audience.

With a limited budget, our efforts focused on making typography—a critical factor in the design— along with innovative use of color and texture, particularly evident on the cover. The mosaic patterns, reminiscent of the synagogue interior, are symbolic of the fragments of transcripts that were pieced together to provide a glimpse into medieval Jewish life.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2001
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book

Credits

Design firm
Costello Communications, Inc.
Designer
James Costello
Trim size
7 3/8 x 10 1/2 inches
Pages
80
Quantity printed
1,500
Compositor
Kier Davis
Typefaces
Filosofia, Minion, Trade Gothic
Printers
Ace Graphics, Rohner Letterpress
Papers
Weyerhaeuser Cougar Opaque 70 lb. text, Mohawk Ultrafelt Soft White 100 lb. cover
Binder
Booklet Bindery
Binding method
Perfect-bound
Editor
Dr. Jacob Lassner
Publisher
Spertus Institute for Jewish Studies
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