Wednesday, March 25, 2015
This book cover was pretty appealing at first glance; I liked the big hotpink letters. But the more I looked at it the more it bugged me. It’s ok to break design rules sometimes (a lot of the time), but this just makes it confusing.
The book is called Love and Lies: An Essay on Truthfulness, Deceit, and the Growth and Care of Erotic Love, and the author is Clancy Martin. I know that because I ordered it from Amazon, and I’m a fan of his work.
Now, if you were just moving through the bookstore and read the subtitle first, as I think this design encourages you to do, it looks like it might be called An Essay on Truthfulness, Deceit, and the Growth and Care of Erotic Love, Clancy Martin, and Lies It’s hard to know where “Love” fits in. We’re used to this 4-square arrangement of the word from the iconic Robert Indiana stamp and sculpture; is it being used as decoration here? Why is everything overlapping?
I don’t think more typefaces would have solved anything. But the switch in hierarchies implied by the use of black for the subtitle, author’s name, and part of the title, and then part of the title in pink is confusing. I think I would at least have made “and Lies” the same color as the rest of the title. I guess I should give it a shot before I go telling the book designer what to do.
It’s a very odd book. I read about half of it yesterday. I’ll give you a review when I’m done.
I’m sad to say it but the latest Reigning Sound LP, Shattered hasn’t seen a lot of time on my turntable. It just doesn’t rock enough, to me. I know the guys in the band, so I really wanted to like it more. But I’m happy to add that prior to recording Shattered, the Reigning Sound did an odd little project: a corporate-sponsored Soundcloud album called Abdication…For Your Love. Its the same band as on Shattered but it rocks much harder, and I think the songs are better. The rhythm section in particular is recorded great. And it’s a free download thanks to some car company that makes funny looking cars.