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Book cover design for "Making Literature Now" by Amy Hungerford.
Summary of the book: How does new writing emerge and find readers today? Why does one writer's work become famous while another's remains invisible? Making Literature Now tells the stories of the creators, editors, readers, and critics who make their living by making literature itself come alive. The book shows how various conditions—including gender, education, business dynamics, social networks, money, and the forces of literary tradition—affect the things we can choose, or refuse, to read.
Amy Hungerford focuses her discussion on literary bestsellers as well as little-known traditional and digital literature from smaller presses, such as McSweeney's. She deftly matches the particular human stories of the makers with the impersonal structures through which literary reputation is made. Ranging from fine-grained ethnography to polemical argument, this book transforms our sense of how and why new literature appears—and disappears—in contemporary American culture.
In this cover design for a sociology book about the contemporary American literature scene, our goal was to use typography to create a powerful image. The image was created by shooting photographs of text through a plastic cone to reflect and distort letterforms. The final cover is a spiral of distorted typography that sweeps the reader into the complex vortex of the contemporary literature scene – a typographic rabbit hole. This image looks like it might have been created digitally, but is in fact a real and physical phenomenon created entirely in camera.
This book was published by Stanford University Press in 2016.