Oil on Water

Oil on Water

W. W. Norton & Co., New York, New York, 2010


Project brief: This novel is about the environmentally devastated Niger Delta and how militants have taken over. The author wanted something that depicted not the devastation and horrors of war but the beauty of the land and the people.

Approach: I sent this manuscript to Jaya Miceli and told her we needed a beautiful photograph and her type to tell the story.

Effectiveness: Author, agent, editors and salespeople love this cover.

Juror Notes

Evocatively illustrated lettering, beautifully executed. An inspired merging of type and image through the rainbow hues. The type on the back cover is also given a tonal

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2010
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book, Book cover


Design firm
W. W. Norton & Co.
Art director
Albert Tang
Jaya Miceli