Prince by Gerald Petit
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Thank you, Alex!
On their Instagram, Jean-Marie Courant & Marie Proyart make some interesting notes on the design choices:
We imagined dressing this collection in a fairly classic outfit, a combination of references borrowed from the history of publishing – from the Suhrkamp Taschenbuch designed by Willy Fleckhaus, to the “Bibliothèque de la Pléiades”, including the “Quadrige” series in its original design from the 80s, or the “Poésies/Gallimard” series designed by Massin – which all perpetuate the editorial genre “cover with portrait of the great man (who is rarely a woman) in vignette”. To update this genre, we trouble it with a fairly open typographic casting and a range of color that is both pale and tangy, delicately pop. We also proposed for the back cover, a “sommaire arrangé”, which takes up the titles of the chapters while making some more concise, in order to create this sort of indecisive portrait, and which, once the capitals have been removed, looks like to a short poem.
The typeface used in the inside pages is characterized by its beautiful uniformity, a kind of introversion, which it certainly comes from having avoided effects and excesses, and which connects it, it seems to us, to this idea of “Le Neutre” [neutral] dear to Roland Barthes. This reserve offers a beautiful counterpoint to the typographical parade of the titles.
It should be remembered that this typeface, Adobe Caslon, is signed by a woman, Carol Twombly, which was not very common in 1990, when it was released.