Hey, you know that dude Ben Tanzer? Of course you do. Well, he's celebrating the awesome New York Stories by having a massive blog tour. We (you reading and me writing) are a part of that. Pretty awesome stuff, huh?
When Ben asked me to take part I said yes without hesitation, even having no idea what to do. I told him as much and he said we would stew on it. So we did. Then he emailed me and said "why don't you do what you do best and design an alternate cover?" And I wrote back "I can do that!"
Here's what New York Stories looks like:
It is an awesome handmade book, like all the books from CCLaP. Gorgeous as ever. For my version I wanted to do something different. These sorts of opportunities are a chance for me to "play" with designs, and I like to emulate styles of bygone eras of book design. I thought about what Tanzer might dig, and since he's like a brother to me I thought I might have a decent idea. I started thinking about the Penguin paperbacks of the 70's. Then I just started playing, throwing objects up on the screen, manipulating shapes, changing colors, deleting objects, adding new ones, layering objects. There was a ten minute stretch where I thought, "crap, I've got nothing." Then, all of a sudden, things started looking like they were coming together, each new piece seemed to fit with the last. Here's the result, and I must say I'm digging it quite a bit. I hope you will, too:
If you haven't already, I highly advise checking out New York Stories (it's on sale during this blog tour)!