Under Control
Under Control
Under Control
Under Control
Under Control
Under Control
Under Control

Under Control

Studio Blue, Chicago, Illinois, 2009


A close collaboration between the design team and the curators, Under Control references technology and bureaucracy to emphasize the different types of control we encounter in our lives. The simple cover, using monospaced type and embossed with a keyboard, sets the tone for the rest of the book. The lightweight paper is intended to evoke government documents, and the blue continues to make computer culture, especially the web, a presence throughout. The reader is forced to confront the variety of ways we are controlled, and sees how the artists choose to conform or break out of those boundaries.

Juror Notes

This modest exhibition catalogue uses materials judiciously yet with strength. The form reflects the curatorial intent encompassing the notion of control rather than design as intervention. Note the keyboard buttons with “control” are embossed.

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


Design firm
Studio Blue
Creative director
Cheryl Towler Weese
Brian Watterson
Content strategist
Kathy Fredrickson
Project manager
Lauren Boegen
Trim size
10 x 13
Quantity printed