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Sunday, September 09, 2007

New Bedlam, and a bonus question

Designer name to come

The subhead in the NY Times review of this book -- "When a TV makes an ethical mistake and loses his job, he can fiercely compete in the race to the bottom" -- might help to explain the imagery used on this jacket.


I think we can assume that lobster claws fit into shirtsleeves easier than bristleworms, snails, sea cucumbers or other bottomfeeders would. (Reader Jason also points out the book is set in Rhode Island, which is lobsterlicious.)

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PS: This is the second book in the last week that I've seen with rounded san serif type; the other appears below. Two doesn't make a trend, but has anyone else seen more such faces recently? (Interestingly, Kottke links to the winning entry in the Type Directors Club 2007 competition; the ends of the winning typeface Subtil are rounded.)

10 comments:

Ian S. said...

this is another very strong cover getting a lot of shelf play these days. Looks fun and it's great to finally notice what it is...

It's great to see this sort of minimalist treatment. While it does not always work, it does prove that less is more in some cases. in some cases... And in some "MORE" is just what the doctor ordered. If done right.

Ian S. said...

PRINT mag uses this rounded font for it's masthead logotype.

That crab clab claw cover is interesting; sorta dated in it's appeal, but fun.

Anonymous said...

Here is another recent rounded Sans Serif typeface for you.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1594201307/ref=nosim/covers0e-20

DC1974 said...

Round fonts seem to have ushered in with the Web 2.0 and CSS design, why I can't say, but it's definitely coming from Web design to print. But it's been big now for like a year or so.

Joseph said...

dc1974, that's a really good call. check out all the rounded fonts on these 2.0 logos.

Joseph said...

ooops: here's the url: http://tinyurl.com/yqvuaw

Jason Stumpf said...

Further explaining the lobster claws, the book is set in Rhode Island -- in the fictional town of New Bedlam.

Joseph said...

Missed that detail in the review. Thanks, Jason!

Ian S. said...

Hey, they're talking about this cover on FWIS as well. Small world.

Scott said...

This is the wonderful Bryant typeface, by Positype. Print actually seems to be using a custom version of Hoefler's Gotham Rounded.

Both facess are becoming quite popular, you'll likely see a lot more of this style of type.