Subjective Realities
Subjective Realities
Subjective Realities
Subjective Realities
Subjective Realities
Subjective Realities

Subjective Realities

Studio Blue, Chicago, Illinois, 2005

Description

The Refco Group has assembled one of the world’s most daring corporate art collections, which is composed entirely of conceptual photography. The design of this catalog embodies the probing spirit of the collection. Sequences of provocative images open and close the book; the typography is assertive yet clinical; the acetate jacket alludes to the artificial or packaged reality to which the artwork often refers. As part of our process, we art-directed photography of the collection as it is installed in Refco’s offices, using these images in the book to emphasize the art’s daily presence in the lives of Refco’s employees. Finally, we arranged for the book to be distributed by Distributed Art Publications.

Juror Notes

The design contains the right level of quirk for the imagery—plastic cover, exaggerated word spacing of artists’ names throughout, and occasional short-trimmed pages—all of which let the art speak foremost. A good balance.

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

Credits

Design firm
Studio Blue
Creative directors
Kathy Fredrickson, Cheryl Towler Weese
Designers
Cheryl Towler Weese, Gail Wiener, Marty Maxwell, Maia Wright
Photographers
Michael Tropea, Joy Wolke
Production coordinator
Marty Maxwell
Authors
Adam Brooks, Dave Hickey, Judith Russi Kirshner
Editors
Jan Estep, Britt Salvesen
Trim size
9.88 x 11 inches
Pages
288
Quantity printed
10,000
Typefaces
Gotham, Cachet
Printer/binder
GZD (Germany)
Papers
Job Parilux Silk 115 lb. text, Job Parilux cover
Binding method
Smyth-sewn softcover with plastic jacket
Publisher/client
Refco Group, Ltd.
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