Notes

“The Artist whose book covers distilled the Nineteen-Eighties”

The New Yorker has a profile of cover artist Lorraine Louie with a small gallery of her covers for Vintage Contemporaries. “From the 1984 début of those first seven books, the Vintage Contemporaries design attracted immediate attention. It felt perfectly of the moment, a snapshot of the mid-eighties. If you’re a book collector of a certain age you can close your eyes and see it now. The author’s name in a box at the top, white print against a boldly colored block. (The font is a modification of Kabel, a German typeface from 1927.) A dot-matrix rectangle floating to the left. The orb in the bottom left-hand corner. The illustration in the center, often a collage, with the slight uncanniness of computer graphics.”

Read more and see some covers here. (Thanks, Nick!)

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