Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?

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  • book design (cover & interior)
  • illustration
  • Japanese production management
  • online marketing and publicity

About The Book

From the back:

The counterclockwise swirl of Katrina ripped civilization right off of this city. There is no great symbol to make this disaster easier to understand, no toppling towers. There is only house after house, neighborhood after neighborhood of devastation. Chin Music Press captures the chaos that followed the hurricane and pays tribute to the culture of New Orleans as it fights for survival.

Susan Larson from The Times-Picayune had this to say about Do You Know:

“Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? not only captures the valued and unique facets of our culture; it provides a kind of emotional prism, ways of looking at this time of love and rage, fear and anger, despair and fierce — and I mean fierce — hope.”

Project Details

  • published in October 2008 by Chin Music Press
  • printed in Japan
  • 162 Pages
  • four color Japanese paper cover
  • one color spot on end pages
  • sewn in bookmark

Design Notes

On the cover is an image of Cassiopeia A: an exploding star, colorful and violent and arguably breathtaking. The breaking of the levees during Katrina too were violent and sudden, but within all the pain — the loss, the death, the neglect and social demoralization — moments of surreal beauty unique to the city and circumstance managed to rise to our attention. Do You Know celebrates those moments, reflects on the loss, and meditates on the history of this great city.

About The Type

  • 97.0% Minion Pro
  • 2.0% Fedra Serif Display
  • 0.7% Waters Titling Pro
  • 0.15% Fedra Sans
  • 0.15% Linotext

The Cover Image

The Cover Image

Unwrapping the cover

Unwrapping the cover

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Unwrapping 2

Cover Image Closeup

Cover Image Closeup

Title Page Typography

Title Page Typography

Title page

Title page

Inner layout

Inner layout

Spine

Spine
 
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