Book Cover Review:
HOW TO Print a Hardcover Book For Your LIFE
This February, the downtown legend of our time released her long-awaited memoir How To Murder Your Life. The volume instantly injected itself into the canon of transgressive literature and rose through the NY Times Nonfiction Bestsellers list. We’ve been nursing our obsession ever since–so much so, we even imported the UK edition to feast our eyes on.
Each edition is a hardcover spectacle to behold! For the American version, the star opted for a shocking, spirited design + layout by Sean Freeman, sparing nothing when it came to the specialty printing techniques necessary to bring the hardback to life. It appears they selected a Premium Paper in fluorescent white with a Pearlized Varnish for the Book Jacket. The title stands out with a Sculptured Emboss. Inspired by the author’s penchant for smeared makeup, the lettering is registered with Full Color and finished with a UV Spot Gloss treatment (that would be the high-shine printing equivalent to the perfect lip gloss). Further dimension is added with metallic eye shadow tromp-l’oeil rendered in Gold Foil Stamping. The author’s name hovers above in raised ink Silver Foil lettering. Even before you’ve read it, you feel like you’ve just freebased pure adrenaline & Pantone Ink.
Across the Atlantic, the design team Two Associates opted for a more subdued–though equally resonant–dust jacket printing & design. Evoking a perfect union between Courtney Love & Holly Golightly, a full flood of what we suspect to be Offset Tiffany/Robin Egg Blue ink is laid over a luxuriously smooth eggshell-finish paper stock. A lesson in Typesetting, the textual and visual elements are presented in sleek Gold Foil Stamping, with Marnell’s face rendered in Halftone, pop-art dots, her feline expression side-eyeing the title to her right.
In short: the likes of a partnership between Carlyne Cerf de Dudzeele & Warhol’s Ghost could not have come up with more astounding editorial work.
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