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Swamp Yankee :: Gourmet Book Design

Swamp Yankee

Christopher Jones and I worked together two years, refining his poems for their content, sharpening his voice, and zeroing in on his vision. Jones’s styles are muscular, clear, hard-won and hilarious. Though his became the last book published by Destructible Heart before its current hiatus, I designed it as a blueprint for all future D. Heart releases. The book’s specs:

  • Two signatures, hand-bound
  • 240 GSM cover, double-scored, French flaps, black and white screen-printed, with full-color hand-cut sticker on front
  • Black flysheet inside, double-scored
  • 68 pages, 70 lb. natural text body stock
  • 200 copies

I chose earthy and contrasting colors, type with classic lines and iconoclastic flair, and the French flap cover to achieve a mockingly Victorian treatment, reflecting the book’s funny, dark self-assurance. Jones loved the book, and it has since become a collector’s item.

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