Alphabet City #8: Lost in the Archives book
Alphabet City #8: Lost in the Archives book
Alphabet City #8: Lost in the Archives book
Alphabet City #8: Lost in the Archives book
Alphabet City #8: Lost in the Archives book
Alphabet City #8: Lost in the Archives book
Alphabet City #8: Lost in the Archives book

Alphabet City #8: Lost in the Archives book

studio ABCd, Toronto, Ontario, 2002

Description

The client, Alphabet City Media, is a cultural studio based in Toronto that has been producing multidisciplinary anthologies, conferences and exhibitions since 1991. Lost in the Archives—an expansive collection of visual art and writing about the contemporary state of knowledge storage—was the studio’s most ambitious effort to date. The design challenge was daunting: a massive bulk of disparate works had to be presented in an accessible, navigable and unified object. To encourage readers in shaping their own archival narratives, design elements that control the content (section dividers, chapter starts, headings) were understated, while individual pieces were elaborated in great detail; for one piece we designed new glyphs from hand-drawn notations for a nearly extinct Bushman language.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2002
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book

Credits

Design firm
studio ABCd
Art director
Gilbert Li
Designer
Gilbert Li
Design assistants
Anika Azad, Amy Chan
Trim size
7 3/8 x 10 7/8 inches
Pages
776
Quantity printed
1,000
Compositor
Gilbert Li
Typefaces
Clifford, Central and Eastern European diacritics by Gilbert Li, customized by Robert Snider of FontShop Canada
Printer
Imaging Excellence
Papers
Jenson Satin White 80 lb. Text, Neenah Classic Laid Antique Grey 80 lb. Cover
Binder
York Bookbinders
Binding method
Smyth-sewn
Jacket designer
Gilbert Li
Jacket printer
Lunar Caustic Press (letterpress)
Editors
Rebecca Comay, John Knechtel
Publisher
Alphabet City Media Inc.
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