Thursday, August 28, 2008

Ben Gibson: Shining at the Bottom of the Sea


An anthology of pamphlet-literature-stories written by prominent writers from the imaginary island nation of Sanjania. The author creates an evolving dialect for his stories as they span the 19th and 20th centuries and the island goes from British colonialism to a post-colonial dictatorship. A very tall order for a book cover - but the scroll and background diagrams definitely evoke the 19th century while the font looks modern. Still, without knowing anything about the book, the cover just looks plain awesome.

6 comments:

Gould said...

Ok, you are going to be mad at me again for posting irrelevant stuff. I take the risk anyway. Here's some poetry for your consideration :
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41en9RO4j9L._SS500_.jpg

Beautiful cover isn't it?

Tal said...

That is gorgeous, Gould. I think Blair would like it.

Gould said...

Reminds me somehow of one of my favourite movie : Birth. Harry Savides's photography was beautiful.

I wonder who designed it (de Wild?) and who's the protographer.

Tal said...

Birth is rather awesome. It's like a Kubrick movie - but there's either something missing in it, or else there isn't enough there.

Gould said...

Movies are not necessarily made to satisfy oneself (blockbusters do).

Zodiac's ending was ultimately frustrating but still it is Fincher's masterpiece.

The Book Designer said...

damn. Some major over design happening here. I would pic this up, but the printing better have a few tricks...