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The Map and the Territory

Contributed by Stephen Coles on Dec 30th, 2012. Artwork published in 2012.
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Source: http://www.johngalldesign.com. License: All Rights Reserved.

The New York Times asked people in and around the world of graphic design to name one of their favorite book covers from 2012. This cover was selected by Megan Wilson, the art director of Vintage and Anchor Books.

I have no idea what this cover means and it shouldn’t even work — it’s barely legible — and yet it’s so different from anything else that it begs to be studied closely and then taken home.

Jacket design by John Gall.
Collage by Jordan Clark.


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