Discipline: Book design
Format: Book cover
Design firm: Evan Gaffney Graphic Design
Art director: Hall Smyth
Photographer: Matthew Antrobus
Author: David Dante Troutt
Typefaces: Franklin Gothic, Fournier, Bureau Grotesque
Publisher/client: The New Press

The Monkey Suit is a collection of fictionalized retellings of famous legal cases involving African Americans. Stories of senseless racism are told with the gentle, impressionistic tone of an oral history. My aim was to create something both elegant and shocking—to express the charm of the writing as well as the rage behind it.


  • Title: The Monkey Suit
  • Creator: Evan Gaffney Graphic Design
  • Date Created: 1997
  • Location Created: New York, New York
  • Type: Book cover
  • Publisher: The New Press
  • Original Source: AIGA Design Archives. Collection: 50 Books/50 Covers of 1997
  • Rights: This image was published with permission in the AIGA Design Archives.

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