McSweeney’s No. 20

McSweeney’s No. 20

McSweeney’s Publishing, San Francisco, California, 2006

Description

Every fourth page of this issue is a different painting, all color, all full bleed. The artists vary from Fred Tomaselli to Henri Rousseau, but the pieces all share something we could never quite articulate—something direct, open, overflowing. When it came time for the cover, we just imagined this colorful bounty oozing through the boards. Jacob Magraw-Mickelson’s vine-like paintings fit perfectly, and so we laid this over our usual text-heavy copyright page and embossed the art. There’s a story there, hidden under those creeping vines, but only we know how it ends.

Juror Notes

“Love to touch this as much as look at it!”

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2006
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book

Credits

Design firm
McSweeney’s Publishing
Creative director
Dave Eggers
Art director/designer
Eli Horowitz
Illustrator
Jacob Magraw-Mickelson
Editors
Jordan Bass, Dave Eggers, Eli Horowitz
Trim size
6 x 9 inches
Pages
208
Typeface
Garamond 3
Printer
Tien Wah Press
Paper
Nymölla Woodfree 130 gsm
Binding method
Hardcover, sewn
Publisher/client
McSweeney’s
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