Happy

Happy

Scribner, New York, New York, 2009

Description

Alex Lemon’s vivid memoir tells the story of a star college athlete nicknamed Happy. In his freshman year, he suffers a hemorrhagic stroke—a brain bleed. Without being too overt, I chose to slice the title in half to represent the bleed. The title is actually printed on the case and the half jacket can be removed to reveal the Happy underneath.

Juror Notes

This jacket nods at cliches without actually utilizing them: the smiley-face yellow without the smiley face; the dripping blood that is pink and not blood. The two (seemingly) contradictory sides of the jacket have more in common than one might see at a casual glance.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2009
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover

Credits

Design firm
Scribner
Art director
Rex Bonomelli
Designer
Rex Bonomelli
Jacket designer
Rex Bonomelli
Production coordinator
Lisa Erwin
Production artist
Raymond Chokov
Author
Alex Lemon
Editor
Alexis Gargagliano
Publisher
Scribner
Trim
5.125 x 8.25
Pages
304
Quantity printed
12,500
Typeface
Mrs Eaves
Printer
Coral Graphics
Jacket printer
Coral Graphics
Paper
C1S, 80 lb., 2-color with gloss lam (case cover); C1S, 80 lb., 4-color, gloss lam (half jacket)
Bindery
Worldcolor
Binding method
Adhesive case
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