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Faber & Faber | Well

Jacket design

This was a dark and gritty debut novel by American author Matthew McIntosh.

Faber had been struggling to capture the correct tone for the sleeve design, so they commissioned Superfried for a fresh approach.

This was a challenging brief for numerous reasons. Not only was it a debut novel, but also a collection of unconnected short stories. The heterogeneous content led to the development of a wide variety of designs until the desired balance of tone and impact was achieved.

The final design captured a common thread throughout the novel. Although the stories were not connected directly, they were indirectly via the consistent sombre fate for the protagonist of each.

Since completion, this project has been featured in two design publications.