Opinion by Richard Baird Posted 7 July 2017
A. Lozano Rodríguez, in his novella Don Alonso de Suquía, writes of the deeds of swordsman and fictional character Don Alonso de Suquía after the reconquest of Granada, at the beginning of the 16th century. This limited edition cover, designed by Barcelona-based Carlos Bermudez, Albert Porta and Guillem Casasus, touches upon location, period, theme and limited edition context using colour, type, material and finish.
Carlos Bermudez, Albert Porta and Guillem Casasus manage to weave together and express, with a clarity and precision, a sense of time and place, and the profession of the protagonist, using a few gestures, and delivering character.
The calligraphic strokes of Alias’ font Harbour, a clash of Latin and Germanic typestyles, sets a period quality that continues in the uncoated paper choice and letterpress finish. Centre-aligned typesetting links front and back, as does the red and yellow of the Spanish flag, a clear nod to the story’s locale. The slice through the cover has a conviviality and unusual quality to it, of the smile in the mind variety that avoids in gimmicky in the overall restraint of the job, afforded by the book’s limited edition nature. If you liked, this check out Hey’s torn cover brochures for Arrels.