Infinite Variety: Exploring the Folger Shakespeare Library cover

Infinite Variety: Exploring the Folger Shakespeare Library cover

Studio A, Alexandria, Virginia, 2002

Description

Infinite Variety is both an exploration and a celebration of the Folger Shakespeare Library. Published to coincide with the library’s 70th anniversary, the book documents its history, physical environment, collection highlights and current activities. Rather than develop a descriptive cover showing the library or a mélange of book highlights, we feature a detail from a map in the library’s collection. It serves as a metaphor for something that shows where you’ve been, where you are and where you can go. The map’s rhumb lines suggest a variety of possible directions, and the latitude markers fortuitously end at 70. Finally, the title in a label shape evokes the memory of specimens and collections.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2002
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover

Credits

Design firm
Studio A
Art director
Antonio Alcalá
Designers
Antonio Alcalá, Helen McNiell
Photographer
Julie Ainsworth
Trim size
11 x 8 1/4 inches
Quantity printed
4,500
Typeface
Minion
Papers
Scheufelen Parilux Silk 150 gsm Text, with matte film laminate
Jacket designers
Antonio Alcalá, Helen McNiell
Jacket printer
Balding & Mansell
Author
Folger Shakespeare Library
Editor
Esther Ferington
Publisher
Folger Shakespeare Library
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