Special Treats, Street Special

Book coverSpecial Treats, Street Special
Book coverSpecial Treats, Street Special
Book coverSpecial Treats, Street Special
Book coverSpecial Treats, Street Special

In all its exuberant wildness, this beautifully striking, kaleidoscopic book really stands out among all the responsibly, cool-headedly designed art books. Special Treats, Street Special exudes street culture, collective creativity and convincingly captures the urban-combing mentality of J&B: the collecting, cutting up and re-ordering of posters, stickers, graffiti and protest signs. The fact that this working method has now been applied to the oeuvre of this artist duo themselves makes the experience pleasantly disorienting. The typography is pleasantly reticent – and rightly so, as the pictures are clearly the main event. Lots and lots of images, endlessly stacked on top of one another. All kinds of different styles of typography, image and image processing techniques are jumbled up together, which just makes the concept of the book – a loose collection of fleeting street impressions – all the stronger. The resulting rhythm is pleasant, every spread a visual feast. Good use has also been made of special inks: silver ink on coated paper gives a strong contrast; a lick of fluorescent ink here and there really makes the whole thing zing and pop. A real treat indeed.

Edition: 2022
Date of publication: December 2022
Author: J&B
Language: English
Image editor: J&B, Dirk Laucke
Photographer: Gert Jan van Rooij, Aad Hoogendoorn, Ernst Moritz, Bas Czerwinski
Artist: J&B (tekst: Edo Dijksterhuis)
Publisher: Waanders Uitgevers, Zwolle
Available through: Bookshop, webshop
Graphic designer: Laucke Siebein (Amsterdam, Berlijn)
Lithographer: Cassochrome, Waregem (BE)
Printer: Cassochrome, Waregem (BE)
Binder: Boekbinderij Patist, Den Dolder
Book producer: Art Libro (Trudy Dorrepaal), Helmond
Size book block (w x h x d in mm): 21 x 29 x 13
Number of pages: 184
Print run: 1000
Price: € 24.95
ISBN: 9789462624146
Font and foundry: Neue Haas Grotesk (Linotype), Plak (Linotype)
Binding style: Sewn softcover Patabind, dust jacked folded in American style, hot melt gluing
Paper for interior (grammage): 115gsm Raw, 90gsm Speedgloss, 90gsm UPM Sol Mat, Igepa
Material cover (grammage): 240gsm Invercote G, Igepa
Special features: Cover printed in black, dust jacket printed in black, Pantone 877 (silver), Pantone 810 (fluorescent yellow) and Pantone 812 (fluorescent pink), interior printed in CMYK and en Pantone 812 (fluorescent pink)