Jesus' Son Editorial Book Design

Book cover and layout editorial visual re-imagining of author Denis Johnson’s short stories, titled “Jesus’ Son.” Design collaboration within the Porto Design Summer School editorial workshop.

Jesus' Son Editorial Book Design

Book cover and layout editorial visual re-imagining of author Denis Johnson’s short stories, titled “Jesus’ Son.” Design collaboration within the Porto Design Summer School editorial workshop.

Process

Set in contemporary rural America, the characters depicted are subjected to the aftershocks of the social and economic upheaval of globalization. They are living broken lives, often, due to drug abuse, fragmented from reality itself.

We staged and executed an art direction that imbued fragmentation into all aspects of the book. The dialogue is divorced from the main text and the images are distorted, visual collages.

We chose Simplon Mono for the dialogue, in order to resemble correspondence that is industrial and devoid of warmth. The narration is treated with the Americana classic Franklin Gothic.

Process

Set in contemporary rural America, the characters depicted are subjected to the aftershocks of the social and economic upheaval of globalization. They are living broken lives, often, due to drug abuse, fragmented from reality itself.

We staged and executed an art direction that imbued fragmentation into all aspects of the book. The dialogue is divorced from the main text and the images are distorted, visual collages.

We chose Simplon Mono for the dialogue, in order to resemble correspondence that is industrial and devoid of warmth. The narration is treated with the Americana classic Franklin Gothic.

Solution

The text is supplemented with distorted imagery treated with the established “red, white and blue” colour palette. The book is not bound, but folded. This evokes the precarious and fragile live the characters, and the rural people they depict, are living.

Solution

The text is supplemented with distorted imagery treated with the established “red, white and blue” colour palette. The book is not bound, but folded. This evokes the precarious and fragile live the characters, and the rural people they depict, are living.