The uncompromising implementation of the ingenious concept for the photos on wraps – as explained in ‘a note on the design of this book’ – not only allows the design to create an attractive rhythmic block, but also generates an additional layer of shades and nuances in blue and black. Furthermore, in this case this is no mere design trick, but a real addition to the content of the book – if not an innovation – that underlines the theme and contributes to the otherwise even organisation of the book.
Without the use of any other stylistic devices, this is a clear, accessible publication with an extremely self-assured typography. And well-edited, containing not a single dull page.
Textured paper (embossed paper) was a feature of several covers this year. Once extremely popular, this disappeared for a while, but we are glad to see it now making a comeback. This attractive cover is printed on Brossulin, which is actually a pretty stiff material, but here finds a more flexible application. Only the back cover has a flap, and when unfolded this very subtly reveals a surface in colour gradient. The kind of detail that shows how much care and attention have been lavished on a book.