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Thursday, August 13, 2009

The Slippery Year

Design by Barbara de Wilde

I admit it: I'm a sucker for this kind of thing, if only because I wonder how many kegs one has to deliver to the marketing department to get this approved and out the door.

A unique twist on the cover-on-cover idea we've discussed before. I wonder what this would look like with stronger, bigger type and without the chair, letting the slipped cover do all of the work. I betcha the evolution of this one was pretty interesting. Who's got the comps? :-)



UPDATE: Reader Christopher King pointed this out (design by Post Typography):

12 comments:

eddie said...

doesn't it look like the person is hanging herself?

the feet+chair look hastily pasted together; it's a shame that it dilutes the otherwise neat concept.

Ian Shimkoviak said...

why we make mistakes is a brilliant cover. bold color, strong type and says just enough with so little. solid concept.

The first cover is cool too. I just like the spunky colors mostly—and the funny image. Otherwise, to be honest with you, as an end reader I would not get the whole slipped jacket idea. Just seems like a technique to add to the quirkiness of it all and not so much a well conceived idea. But nice nonetheless.

Debbie B said...

I wonder if anyone knows the name of the typeface used on the Slippery Year? It looks so much like the one I keep seeing on the screen ads at my Wells Fargo ATM.

Andre Ivanchuk said...

"Why We Make Mistakes" could be just as powerful without the DELETE key and glue - if not more. Also, the front cover could have been placed on the back cover, and vise versa.

Jssc Shr said...

I'm pretty sure the font on The Slippery Year is Archer.

GH said...

Design by Barbara de Wilde.

pieratt said...

In a similar vein as this Tibor Kalman poster:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_-GOG4xXWqe4/SNP1w_3NoKI/AAAAAAAAAE8/a10JIAp_j2o/s400/kalman-humor.jpg

Also this cover by Kidd:
http://pieratt.com/odds/kidd_nobodysperfect.jpg

Anonymous said...

Archer is being overused!

Anonymous said...

I agree delete key etc makes for clutter. Using the same word at end of break and beginning of next (and and, or are, are) would have been a more subtle way of saying the same thing.
EJ

Alexis said...

i really like the "why we make mistakes" cover. the cover looks like its slipped down the book in a really elegant way.

Joseph said...

I saw Slippery Year on the shelf yesterday @ Borders. It looks pretty cool next to other books.

Anonymous said...

The Slippery Year is so good it "makes me shudder."