Little Bee

Little Bee

de Vicq Design, New York, New York, 2008


The book tells the story of a Nigerian refugee and a British woman, thrown together by circumstantial forces, then forced to make a terrible choice. For any jacket, there’s lots of work, sometimes punctuated with moments of luck. For me, fortune appeared when I was playing with the type (Memoir) and saw how the beautiful swashes created a mask over the silhouetted face. A normally elegant script font becomes ethnic and tribal, echoing the duality of the story line. 

Juror Notes

Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich’s use of the Kara Walker-inspired silhouette is quite beautiful and just right for the subject matter. The use of type as illustrative line is also informative of the content. 

Collections: 50 Books | 50 Covers of 2008
Repository: Denver Art Museum
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover


Design firm
de Vicq Design
Creative director
Jackie Seow
Art director
Jackie Seow
Jacket designer
Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich
Production director
John Wahler
Chris Cleave
Marysue Rucci
Simon & Schuster
Trim size
6.25 x 9.2
Quantity printed
Memoir (customized), Old Abe regular and outline, Roulette
Jacket printer
Coral Graphics
Tomahawk cool white 80 lb.