The Language of Pain

The Language of Pain

W. W. Norton and Company, New York, New York, 2009


This book is written by a doctor who found himself “incapacitated by a devastatingly painful illness.” Feeling isolated and unable to communicate what he was going through, he had to learn how use metaphors to describe his pain in order to break down the walls it had built. I thought a bird flying out of a mouth would say “relief,” but had my doubts that an image like that would make it through the approval process. Luba just nailed it.

Juror Notes

Nice use of color and carryover of image onto spine and back cover.

Collections: 50 Books | 50 Covers of 2009
Repository: Denver Art Museum
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover


Design firm
W. W. Norton and Company
Art directors
David High, Ingsu Liu
Jacket designer
David High
Luba Lukova
Production coordinator
Andrew Marasia
David Biro, MD
Amy Cherry
W. W. Norton and Company
Trim size
6.125 x 8.5
Jacket printer
Coral Graphics