Artwork by Peter Arno, used with permission of the Estate of Peter Arno
Arno’s signature (title) by Peter Arno
Design a book cover/jacket for the first-ever biography of Peter Arno, the legendary cartoonist who created what we now know as the New Yorker cartoon—and one of the great bon vivants of New York in the 1930s and ’40s.
Arno was a known womanizer, and having him at his desk interacting with his own drawings of his favorite subject seemed like the right way to go to set the tone for this sometimes racy biography. The main title is of course Arno’s well-known signature that he signed all of his cartoons with. All the other typography is true to the New Yorker magazine design, including their own masthead typeface. The cover background features part of the introduction designed on an identical 3-column spread as the magazine in their signature Caslon. A portrait of Arno in typical form is featured on the back cover, shot by none other than Stanley Kubrick. Printed on uncoated stock.
The book has done well, both commercially and critically.