Brooklyn-based designer Elana Schlenker has proved her grade-A graphics geekery through Gratuitous Type, her unashamed celebration of all things printed but her own work is as impressive as that she showcases in the publication. She recently designed this beautiful book for Peter Wieben, a Cairo-based American artist who wanted to tell his own vey personal story about the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Alongside Peter’s reflections and drawings (some real, some imagined) the book also contains the photographs of Dominic Nahr, who stayed with Peter while in Cairo covering the uprisings for TIME magazine.
The design approach to this kind of book can be tricky as there’s two quite different takes on a huge, sprawling and very complex set of events, but Elana’s surefooted approach gives both creatives room to tell their own stories while tying both into a cohesive whole.
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