Upstart Press Award for Best Non-Illustrated Book 2017
Designer: Jo Bailey & Anna Brown, School of Design, College of Creative Arts, Massey University
Title: Extraordinary Anywhere: Essays on Place from Aotearoa New Zealand
Publisher: Victoria University Press
Format: 165 x 210 mm, 222pp, perfect binding with dust jacket.
Typography: Title are Domaine Display and running heads are Calibre (various weights), body text is Tiempos Text regular 9pt / 15pt.
Jo and Anna wrote a design colophon essay to the book, which lives in the dust jacket as a key, of sorts, to the book’s design. In it, we say of the typefaces: We choose two typefaces by New Zealand typographic designer Kris Sowersby: Tiempos and Calibre. As designers we say it’s important that if the words are from here, the typefaces should be too—but this is partly post-rationalisation. Tiempos, our serif font, is based on a typeface for a Spanish newspaper. Calibre, our sans serif, is inspired by street signage, and though this wayfinding lineage feels pertinent, it is happenstance. We choose it because it is a consistent favourite of ours—like a typographic version of our own handwriting. It’s the other way with Tiempos; the chance to explore something familiar but different. Later we add Domaine, also by Sowersby. It is elegantly curvaceous, ‘Latin detailing on a Scotch skeleton’.
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