Art direction: Megan Wilson (!)
Earlier this year, I worked on two different book covers about our decaying planet and our decaying bodies simultaneously from the same publishing house. I won’t be reading into that.
So, Ten Billion. Here is a book which addresses the overpopulation concern with actual science and the barest language possible to elucidate how wholly fucked we are. That is a paraphrase, but the f-bomb is straight from the author. In the few rants about population concerns that I’d read prior to this, the matter of whether or not to have children when faced with such alarming data was either sidestepped or conveniently framed out of the argument in play. Not so here. He makes a sad, sober argument against procreating despite the instincts he plainly acknowledges to be innate in everyone. It’s not an upper but you can’t say he doesn’t cover his bases.
This all-type solution that was ultimately chosen for the front matter started making a lot more sense when I saw how bold and direct the design by Heather Kelly was for the inside.
Here is book #2:
Art direction: Peter Mendelsund
Here is a slightly less depressing book about, among other things, how technology has begun to coddle our bodies to such an extent that we’ve begun slowly devolving. Beyond those negatives, it does stand as a substantial account of evolution—particularly bipedalism—which is what inspired me to roll my feet in ink one fateful night and make actual human footprints for what would eventually become the chosen direction for the cover. A computer screen will do insufficient justice to the harsh neon orange that the foot is printed with to underscore the conflict between natural and unnatural changes within the body. Peter Mendelsund took a brief reprieve from being a general design ninja in order to broker this concept on the behalf of me and my foot.