Joost Zwagerman – Perfect Day en andere Popverhalen

Book coverJoost Zwagerman – Perfect Day en andere Popverhalen

It is not difficult to guess that this book is about music. The title comes from Lou Reed, of course, and it may be no coincidence that in the printing of the title we recognize Andy Warhol’s silkscreen technique. Nice sharp colours. Music reverberates slightly in the lettering.


Whereas it is now scarce in ordinary mass-produced publications, in this book an effort has been made to relate the typography of the interior to what we see on the cover. This is more or less successful, though not everyone will be taken with the chapter titles printed slightly askew. But in what is otherwise conventional book typography the plain fact is that one has few options when it comes to doing things ‘differently’. The black section title pages harmonize nicely with the black ground of the cover. On the other hand, the photo section on tinted machine coated paper looks out of place. Why haven’t the photos been printed on ordinary book paper, by the text to which they refer?

Edition: 2006
Language: Dutch
Publisher: De Arbeiderspers, Amsterdam/Antwerpen
Graphic designer: Studio Ron van Roon (cover), Jaap Meijer and Nico Richter (typography)
Lithographer: Perfect Service, Schoonhoven (typesetting), Reproscan, Hasselt
Printer: Giethoorn Ten Brink, Meppel
Binder: Giethoorn Ten Brink, Meppel
Size book block (w x h x d in mm): 150 x 215 x 34
Number of pages: 2 + 364 + 12 + 2 p.
Print run: 3,500
Price: € 18.50
ISBN: 978 90 295 6330 7
Font and foundry: FF Quadraat
Binding style: unsewn soft cover
Material: 90gsm woodfree book paper 0.195 (interior), 240gsm Invercote (cover)