Superhero
Superhero
Superhero
Superhero
Superhero
Superhero
Superhero

Superhero

Scholastic, New York, New York, 2005

Description

The design for this book was a true collaboration between artist/author and designer. Marc Tauss wanted to create a classic picture book about Maleek, who is a real Superhero. Or is he? The world Marc created is truly arresting in its dramatic lighting and fantastical imagery. The font DINEngschrift was chosen for its mid-century feel, which worked well with the spare text and richly toned black-and-white nostalgia-evoking photo-illustrations. Details in the images, such as Maleek’s striped shirt, were picked up in the design details I created for the spine and flaps. This imaginative story lent itself to having fun with the type, such as setting phrases throughout in a larger point size, and shaping the text on the front flap into a giant exclamation mark. On the jacket, I set the author’s first name in black and his last name in white to echo the book’s black-and-white theme. The title was created in Photoshop to imitate classic comic book type. The vertical format of the book relates to the shape of a comic book. The result is a unique treat for young fans.

Juror Notes

Unique choice of black-and-white photography. Hearkens to the ’50s-era superheroes. Type is well placed within compositions. A kids’ book with a unique and appealing feeling.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2005
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book

Credits

Design firm
Scholastic
Creative director
David Saylor
Art director/designer
Marijka Kostiw
Jacket designer
Marijka Kostiw
Illustrator
Marc Tauss
Photographer
Marc Tauss
Production director
Angela Biola
Production coordinator
Heidi Robinson
Author
Marc Tauss
Editors
Tracy Mack, Leslie Budnick
Trim size
7.5 x 10 inches
Pages
40
Quantity printed
10,000
Compositor
Marijka Kostiw
Typefaces
Futura Extra Bold distorted in Photoshop, DINEngschrift
Printer/binder
Tien Wah Press
Papers
Interior: 150 gsm matte, jacket: 135 gsm gloss, finish matte lam with spot UV and emboss
Binding method
Hardcover Smyth sewn
Publisher/client
Scholastic Press/Scholastic Inc.
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