Art of McSweeney's

Overview

A novel with each cover hand-illustrated by the author. Literary journals bound by magnets, or designed to look like junk mail. The sharp wit, gorgeous design, and playful why not invention of independent literary publisher McSweeney's have earned it a large and loyal following and made its journals, books, The Believer magazine, and Wholphin DVDs collectible favorites of readers and graphic designers alike. Created by the McSweeney's staff to commemorate their 11th (or 12th) anniversary, this book showcases ...
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Overview

A novel with each cover hand-illustrated by the author. Literary journals bound by magnets, or designed to look like junk mail. The sharp wit, gorgeous design, and playful why not invention of independent literary publisher McSweeney's have earned it a large and loyal following and made its journals, books, The Believer magazine, and Wholphin DVDs collectible favorites of readers and graphic designers alike. Created by the McSweeney's staff to commemorate their 11th (or 12th) anniversary, this book showcases their award-winning art and design across all the company's activities. It features hundreds of images, interviews with collaborators such as Chris Ware and Michael Chabon, and dozens of insights into McSweeney's quirky creative process and the visual experience of reading.
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Editorial Reviews

Steven Heller
Since many literary journals avoid a strong visual presence—perhaps because it competes with the writing—it's refreshing that Eggers has successfully combined the two mediums and their aesthetics. McSweeney's has become a hothouse of 21st-century editorial graphics, and this book proves it.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594497080
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 6/23/2010
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

McSweeney's began in 1998 as a San Francisco-based literary journal edited by Dave Eggers, and has since grown into a celebrated independent publishing company. Its publications have won awards from AIGA and Print and have appeared in exhibits at the Smithsonian and the Pasadena Museum.
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