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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Deluxe: How Luxury Lost Its Luster, US and UK

I can't even begin to talk about the differences between these two covers. I do sort of want to get some fast food and go to a strip club, though.

US:


UK:

9 comments:

docflo said...

The image on the US version is a sculpture (installation? mixed-media artwork?) by gifted and internationally successful artist Tom Sachs.

Joseph said...

Thanks for the info.

ian s. said...

I don't think any of these are appropriate design solutions, although visually fun and design wise pleasing. The UK version looks like what Apple ads will look like when Apple starts making i-jewelry. Mark my words.

jasfitz said...

I'm surprised at how unsuccessful the UK cover is. All elements combined create terrible spacing. Far too overcrowded type treatment. And highly questionable shift to white-on-black over the legs.

I like, but don't love the US cover. I find the sculpture compelling, but everything else comes across as sort of stale.

Isaac said...

I like the US version and think the type is dead-on (luxury brands always use extended type). Although Orange Italic's Luxury fonts would have been a perfect fit for this book.

sophie said...

I like the concept of the US version. I like the image. However feel the typography lacks something– makes me uneasy. The UK version is banal at best.

Ingrid Paulson said...

From the reviews of the book, the US version is misleading - the UK version captures the book's argument.

Having said that, the US version is much more palatable than the UK. (What were they thinking in Britain???). I love the subdued tones of the US version. Its an old trick: to make something look more expensive, tone down the palette. And the font choices are dead on.

The UK version? Just dead wrong.

architect said...

I love them both - the only problem with the UK version is that its too well designed itself, so hat it is a little bit counter message.

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