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Sunday, January 28, 2007

Wish I Could Be There: Notes from a Phobic Life

Cover Designer: Herb Thornby

Allen Shawn's memoir has been getting a tremendous amount of press, virtually all of it glowing (the NY Times calls it "brave, eccentric and utterly compelling"). This man's got a LOT of fears, and writes: "I am afraid both of closed and of open spaces, and I am afraid, in a sense, of any form of isolation."

I saw this cover and didn't know what to think. I now think it's fantastic. The op art element creates exactly the kind of tension that's portrayed in the book. Is the design moving away from you or toward you? Is there height or depth? Wish you could be where: in or out? Both at the same time? Well, that's probably what it's like to live as Shawn does.

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Eric said...

I like the modernist colors.

Eileen said...

I think the cover works- given the subject matter- but it also makes me feel a bit unsteady and nauseated. That is not typically something I look for in a book.

Eric said...

Sounds like the design works then.

Geoff McFetridge says,"The ultimate poster would be a single shape, in a single color, that when viewed...makes you cry."

Anonymous said...

It works, but another part of me thinks I saw the borders were found in a Dover book.
That probably shouldn't matter

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Camille said...

Works, yes. But the op art would repel me from buying it.