I Love Dollars

I Love Dollars

Metalmother, Brooklyn, New York, 2008

Description

This book is composed of multiple short stories that highlight China’s peculiar relationship with the American dollar with regard to sex, family and awkward, unspoken social expectations. For example, the title story involves a young man’s quest to use his paltry life savings to pay for a prostitute for his father, with whom he is not especially close.

Typical imagery often used to underscore Chinese writing could not be used (e.g., images of Mao). We had to strike a particular balance between China, money and a little perversity.

Juror Notes

The use of type and visual imagery reflects the content and juxtaposition of the two cultures. 

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

Credits

Design firm
Metalmother
Creative director
Paul Buckley
Art director
Jesse Marinoff Reyes
Designer
Matt Dorfman
Photographer
Getty Images
Author
Zhu Wen
Trim size
5 x 7.75
Pages
240
Typefaces
Customized (title and subtitle only), Opera House Bold
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