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Gorilla, Short Novels


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Safa Hovinen



Otavan Kirjapaino

I am crazy attracted to this cover. From the tactile paper, to the single color print, to the vibrant and shinny blue blood that oozes from the illustration.  




Quantity Produced


Production Cost

Production Time

1 month

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

4.7 × 8.5 in.

Page Count


Paper Stock

Main: Lux Cream 80 g/m2 (bulk 1.8)
Cover: Navkar MG Golden yellow kraft paper 100 g/m2
Endpapers: Geltex Beige FA 120 g/m2

Number of Colors



Soft Touch laminate
Transparent blue UV spot varnish


Perfect bound



This piece is available for purchase for $42

Gorilla, Short Novels
Gorilla, Short Novels
Gorilla, Short Novels
Gorilla, Short Novels
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Project Description

Juhani Karila is a talented young Finnish author. His debut work collects together 12 short novels loaded with psychotic frenzy and absurdity. As a designer I took as my mission to distill from his use of rich metaphoric and cinematic language an exciting cover. The result is a literal image from one of the stories. The cover was printed on textured kraft paper with only black ink and then coated with a Soft Touch laminate to give a skin-like feel. A vibrant blue UV varnish was finally applied to convey the idea of blue blood bleeding out of two hearts.

Production Lesson(s)

We used PMS inks and clear UV varnish to mix the right color and transparency for the bleeding hearts on the cover. Always test the wet ink onto the desired paper, as wet ink in a jar looks totally different from ink applied onto paper. Also, the kraft paper had a dramatic effect on the shade of the blue, so we had a couple dozen tryouts with different mixtures.”

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Bryony Gomez-Palacio

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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Date Published

July 24, 2013


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