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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Raiding the Medicine Chest

Designer credits to come

Mother's little helper(s) have been showing up a lot recently:



11 comments:

sixfive said...

That comfortably numb cover is pretty poorly done. All italics?

ian shimkoviak said...

All of these blow. I would never take a brown pill. Pills should always be happy colors...

Fig. 901 said...

I'd say I'm uncomfortable with Comfortably Numb's cheesing off Rodrigo Corral's The Cigarette Century, as well.

Joseph said...

fig.901: i almost posted Cigarette Century below Comfortably Numb to make that point, but it occurred to me that a US map made out of _____ has probably been done more times than anyone can count. Mind you, Corral's is *brilliantly* done, but I doubt it's the first of its kind.

karen said...

The first cover, Well Enough Alone, is by Kelly Blair.

You could see more of Kelly’s beautiful work here:
http://www.kellyblair.com

Anonymous said...

Comfortably Numb is by Peter Mendelsund

Anonymous said...

Our Daily Meds is designed by Jennifer Carrow

ian shimkoviak said...

Funny. All of the designers mentioned are accomplished and well circulated designers. But you give em a book about pills and they mess it up. These are all very mass market and bland to look at. Typographically and image wise. The first cover is the only one that is actually interesting to behold—it has emotional value to it since you are looking at a face... constructed out of pills...

God I really hope one of these has the pills embossed or something to save them selves from the waste basket or dollar bin.

chall gray said...

I agree. None of these appeal to me.

mog said...

Well Enough Alone I like. I like the big image and the small title, and the image itself is intriguing.

The other two epitomize "meh."

Anonymous said...

All of the pill compositions are atrocious. But what really rubs me raw is the Barbara Kruger-esq typography for Comfortably Numb.

Of course, Kruger doesn't own exclusive rights to the use of Futura Bold Oblique. But it just stinks of laziness, as though Mendelsund leafed through his filofax of tried and true type ideas and pulled this one at random.