Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover
Design firm: Paul Buckley Design
Art director: Susan Mitchell
Designer: Paul Buckley
Photographers: Katherine E. Wright, British Columbia Archives
Production coordinator: Harvey Hoffman
Author: C.S. Giscombe
Trim size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches
Quantity printed: 5,500
Compositor: Westchester Book Composition
Jacket printer: Phoenix
Publisher/client: Farrar, Straus and Giroux/North Point Press
This piece of writing was highly personal, cerebral and very abstract and seemed to be written in a manner that purposely left it fluid and uncategorizable. It also jumped freely between the past and present. It was a challenge to reflect this quality in a two-dimensional way that gave some clues as to the books content.
I chose to lay it out it in a way that would keep it vague yet intriguing, using old photos with a modern design that gave a sense of the cold northern territories and African American history.