At Swim, Two Boys

At Swim, Two Boys

Simon and Schuster, New York, New York, 2001

Description

I had to create a mood of 1916 Dublin, where two boys fall in love while one teaches the other to swim.

I used handset 1916 typography, and tried to depict the sense of “jumping in”—a quality these 2 brave boys must have felt—while maintaining the gritty, aged look of old Dublin.

I am happy with the pause that is created between the two parts of the title—At Swim…Two Boys—almost as if it was two titles. I also love the photo (it was hard to find art from Ireland in 1916).

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2001
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover

Credits

Design firm
Simon and Schuster
Designer
John Fulbrook III
Photographer
Brown Brothers
Production coordinator
Olga Leonardo
Trim size
6 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches
Quantity printed
20,800
Typeface
Giraldon (handset by Dan X. Solo)
Papers
Custom, coated one side, 80 lb.
Printer
Coral Graphics
Author
Jamie O’Neil
Publisher
Scribner
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