Bite Hard

Bite Hard

Blink, San Francisco, California, 1997

Description

Bite Hard is a collection of poetry by Malaysian-born spoken-word artist Justin Chin, whose work explores stereotypes of race, desire, and loss, and is laced with pop-culture references. In approaching this cover, I collected icons representing stereotypical Asian culture, and by digitally juxtaposing the elements, created a literal depiction of biting as well as spoken word becoming printed word. I value Bite Hard for its simple visual pun, and for the way I was able to work with the publisher with regard to the unconventional title placement, which we believe conveys the stark flavor of Chin’s poetry.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 1997
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover

Credits

Design firm
Blink
Graphic designer
Scott Idleman
Author
Justin Chin
Typeface
Helvetica
Paper
Lustro Dull 100# Cover
Publisher
Manic D Press
Client
Jennifer Joseph
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