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Quantity Produced


Production Cost


Production Time

2 weeks

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

6.5 in × 9.5 in × 1.25 in

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Paper Stock

Construction paper

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Signature stitch


Goudy Old Style
Univers (49 Light Ultra Condensed)
Pennsylvania Adobe Caslon Pro
News Gothic
Bookman Antiqua
Trajan Pro
Chapparal Pro
Courier New
Knockout (Junio


As a general rule we pick up a book and read it. Cover to cover or half way through, it doesn’t matter here. We might admire the typography, we might not notice or take offense on the setting—but rarely do we decide to do it over.

The idea behind this project was to re-interpret William Faulkner’s 1930 novel As I Lay Dying. The novel centers around the death of Addie Bundren, and her family’s quest to honor her wish to be buried in her hometown. Each chapter is a stream-of-consciousness narrative that switches through fifteen different characters.

I wanted to change how one understood Faulkner’s writing by approaching this book as a collection of found objects. I paired excerpts from each chapter in Faulkner’s original order with an object or image that references in some way to the featured character’s mood and persona. Each character is expressed with a different typeface in order to create a kind of immersive experience when reading each chapter. The final book was printed on construction paper and signature-bound by hand, so that it could feel like an artifact in itself.

I learned a lot about signature binding, and how much I wanted the details of the production to add to the meaning of this project in the quality of the paper, the kind of printing, the binding, etc.

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This post was published in the original layout of FPO so all images are smaller. Project descriptions as well as production lessons are quoted in the main content area.

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Bryony Gomez-Palacio

Editor of FPO and co-founder of UnderConsideration LLC.

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October 12, 2011


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