To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

To Sleep, Perchance to Dream

Studio A, Alexandria, Virginia, 2008

Description

This book accompanied an exhibition of the same title at the Folger Shakespeare Library. The contents consist of excerpts about sleep and dreams written in Renaissance England. These compilations, known as commonplace books, were frequently produced in manuscript form by literate people of the period.

In a nod to the era’s interest in dream interpretation, the design incorporates subtle typographic play, encouraging readers to look closer in search of enhanced meanings. The opening spreads for each section feature an evolving typographic picture suggesting the experience of slowly drifting off to sleep.

Juror Notes

Besides being a thoughtfully designed book, what makes it work beyond the norm is the designers’ deft pacing of a book on sleep disorders. They do not put the reader to sleep. A beautifully designed and manufactured book. 

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2008
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book

Credits

Design firm
Studio A
Designers
Antonio Alcalá, Leslie Badani, Helen McNiell
Production coordinator
Caryn Lazzuri
Photographer
Julie Ainsworth
Curator
Garrett Sullivan
Authors
Carole Levin, Garrett Sullivan
Trim size
5.5 x 8.5
Pages
92
Quantity printed
750
Printing method
Offset lithography
Typeface
Minion
Printer
Global Printing
Papers
Mohawk Options, Crystal White, 80 lb., cover and text, smooth
Binding method
Perfect
Publisher
Folger Shakespeare Library
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