Stories in the Worst Way

Stories in the Worst Way

Alfred A. Knopf, New York, New York, 1996


This is a collection of stories about the down-and-out destitution that constitutes existence for some people. Like eating bad Chinese take-out for breakfast, lunch, and dinner—and that’s on a good day. I sought to depict this in a way that would be appealing and familiar without seeming specific to any one story. The research was tastelessly easy. The typography needed to be slightly ill at ease but lighthearted, while not interfering with the stark reality of the prepackaged, artificial life-size special sauces that come free with your order of life.

Collections: 50 Books | 50 Covers of 1996
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover


Design firm
Alfred A. Knopf
Art director
Carol Devine Carson
Jacket designers
Carol Devine Carson, Archie Ferguson
Nola López
Trade Gothic, Trade Gothic Bold Condensed
Alfred A. Knopf