A Crack in the Edge of the World

A Crack in the Edge of the World

Roberto de Vicq, New York, New York, 2005

Description

A Crack in the Edge of the World explores the geological underpinnings of the San Francisco earthquake of 1906 and its effect on 20th-century American history. The book was the first with American subject matter for this well-known British author, and the publisher wanted to make it a very special package.

Using the paper as a metaphor for terra firma, the jacket unfolds (six times), revealing scenes of horror and destruction. It was a very complicated package to research and execute. We needed a paper that didn’t bulk when it was folded, was resistant when opened, and had memory to go back and wrap around itself around the cover. When completely unfolded, it also served as a promotional poster for the booksellers.

Juror Notes

Just when you think you’ve seen the jacket-fold-out-into-a-poster idea one too many times, along comes this tour de force of commercial cover design.

A successful visual play on reading between the lines—or, in this case—between the cracks.

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

Credits

Design firm
Roberto de Vicq
Art director/creative director/designer
Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich
Photographer
All historical photographs from different archives
Production director
Roni Axelrod
Production coordinator
Roni Axelrod
Picture editor
Laura Wyss
Author
Simon Winchester
Editor
Henry Ferris
Trim size
6 x 9 jacket (folded size), 28 x 36 (unfolded)
Pages
480
Quantity printed
140,000
Typefaces
Grand Canyon, Splendid Quartet, Cheltenham
Jacket printer
Phoenix Color
Paper
60 lb. offset, cream white
Publisher/client
HarperCollins
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