Book Title: The 2004 Anthology of Short Fiction
Client/Publisher: Seattle Country Day School / M2 Press (2004)
Role: Design, typesetting, copywriting
Author: Various young adults
Size: 5.5 x 8 inches, perfect bound
Each year, during his tenure at Seattle Country Day School, English teacher Dave Pippin rallied his 5th-grade students to create an anthology of short fiction. The students spent most of the school year refining their work, preparing it for publication in the Spring.
I was recruited, as an extension of my week-long artist residency at the school, to design and letterpress print the cover. The 2004 edition was the third in a series of 3 anthologies that I designed, and marks the tenth anniversary of this book project.
M.r Pippin’s 2004 5th grade classes inspired the idea of a film noir/pulp cover theme, and all credits are treated in a pseudo-film credit style with students “starring for the first time on the big screen” in this production that was “filmed on location at Seattle Country Day School.”
The cover was designed digitally and made into magnesium printing plates, which I then letterpress printed in an edition of 175 on a Vandercook SP-15 press. Mr. Pippin then had the covers bound to the interior book block, which he typeset himself. The books were presented to the students during their last week of school.
Amada Press is the private letterpress studio of Seattle visual artist & designer Amy Redmond. The main focus of her work is on handset typography using metal and wood type. Amy offers letterpress classes for beginning and advanced students through the School of Visual Concepts. Her professional design work can be viewed on AmyRedmond.com.