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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, there was a consistent sombre fate for the protagonist of each.

The editor was thrilled by the result, but praise received at the launch party from the author himself was the perfect result we had hoped for. In addition to this the work has also been featured in two design publications.

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