Backstory

Backstory

Penguin Group, New York, New York, 2003

Description

The book is a collection of the author’s work as media correspondent for the New Yorker. The brief was: “It’s a big book, Jon, please don’t mess it up.”

I liked the idea of creating an icon from newsprint and after several failed attempts at folding the Lady Liberty (she looked more like Hitler in a spiked wig) I hit upon the eagle idea.

After weeks of further painful finger-breaking research into the dark arts of origami, I realized that the camera always lies. The model is constructed from about 12 different bits of paper bodged together with adhesive tape.

Juror Notes

“Innovative use of illustration to create a multilayered visual experience. Both fresh and historically referential.” Archie Ferguson

“I feel this successfully conveys the content. Eye-catching and intelligent.” Isabel Warren-Lynch

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2003
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover

Credits

Design firm
Penguin Group
Creative director
Paul Buckley
Art director
Darren Haggar
Designer
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Jacket designer
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Illustrator
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Photographer
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Production director
Bill Peabody
Author
Ken Auletta
Editor
Scott Moyers
Publisher
Penguin Group
Trim size
6.125 x 9.25”
Typefaces
Baskerville, Birch
Jacket printer
Phoenix Color Corp.
Book type
Literature and nonfiction
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