Wicked: The Grimmerie
Wicked: The Grimmerie
Wicked: The Grimmerie
Wicked: The Grimmerie
Wicked: The Grimmerie
Wicked: The Grimmerie
Wicked: The Grimmerie

Wicked: The Grimmerie

Headcase Design, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2005

Description

Our goal was to create the ultimate keepsake for fans of the Broadway show Wicked. The concept was to make it look like the ancient spell book of the main character, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West). To capture the whimsical yet dark tone of the play, we juxtaposed fanciful Ozian illustrations with occult design elements, and painstakingly aged each page of the book.

Juror Notes

A world is entered completely through the design—a difficult challenge given the existing and competing visuals associated with the original story of Oz, Maguire’s book and then the Broadway production. The design evokes all of these worlds and holds our interest through vast amounts of information.

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

Credits

Design firm
Headcase Design
Designers
Jude Buffum, Paul Kepple
Jacket designers
Jude Buffum, Paul Kepple
Illustrators
W. W. Denslow, Headcase Design, Kelly Holohan, John R. Neill
Photographers
Henry Leutwyler, Joan Marcus
Production director
Andrea Hirsh
Author
David Cote
Editor
Holly Rothman
Trim size
8.75 x 12 inches
Pages
192
Quantity printed
95,000
Compositor
Phoenix Offset
Typefaces
Tribute, Jagged, various old scanned typefaces
Printer/binder
Phoenix Offset
Jacket printer
Phoenix Offset
Paper
157 gsm Japanese matte
Binding method
Smyth sewn; round back
Publishers/clients
Hyperion, Melcher Media (packager)
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