Monday, May 19, 2008

Jason J. Heuer: American Nerd

Like a good nerd, this cover is prim and proper and perfectly ordered. The way the story begins on the cover and gets cropped off on the bottom reminds me of a nerd going on and on about something no one else is listening to. All in all, charming.

From Scribners:
Most people know a nerd when they see one but can't define just what a nerd is. American Nerd: The Story of My People gives us the history of the concept of nerdiness and of the subcultures we consider nerdy. What makes Dr. Frankenstein the archetypal nerd? Where did the modern jock come from? When and how did being a self-described nerd become trendy? As the nerd emerged, vaguely formed, in the nineteenth century, and popped up again and again in college humor journals and sketch comedy, our culture obsessed over the designation...

10 comments:

Gould said...

Interesting article here :
http://www.nypress.com/21/20/news&columns/feature.cfm

Tal said...

Great article, Gould. Thanks. I must admit I flipped through those great photos first - and haven't finished the article. Hmmmm....I guess I'm not really the nerd I thought I was. Are you, Gould?

Gould said...

Unfortunately I'm too old to be a nerd ;-(

Jason said...

Design credit is Jason J. Heuer

Tal said...

Oh Jason, hi! Sorry about that, will fix.

Tal said...

And, great cover!

Jason said...

No problem, thanks for featuring my cover!

Jen Warner said...

Great choice Mr. Flynn!

Anonymous said...

Yes, Jason Heuer designed it. But John Fulbrook III art directed it. It's always important to recognize everyone who is a part of the process.

Jason said...

Absolutely! John is the highly talented art director on this, Shasti O'Leary Soudant did the gorgeous final artwork, and Brant Rumble was the brilliant editor for this title. Susan Moldow is the publisher of Scribner who approved our final idea along with Benjamin Nugent who penned this clever work, which without, there would be no cover. There are many people involved in a cover's evolution. It is a very collaborative process.