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Quantity Produced


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Production Time

18 days

Dimensions (Width × Height × Depth)

116 mm × 174 mm × 10 mm (4.6 in × 6.9 in × .4 in)

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Paper Stock

Uncoated Munken Polar

Number of Colors

4 spot





Apercu by Colophon
Plantin from Monotype

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Simple graphics, academic typography, and primary colors weave lies into truth for this work of pseudo-knowledge. Stranger than fiction, or too good to be true?

Reverence Library is a series of abridged pocket encyclopaedias, ‘inspired by fact and reworked by fiction’ — essentially, reference books with lies in it. Writers and artists interpret three subjects through fiction and illustration, the results of which split into three sections denoted by their own complimentary spot colours. The design references traditional educational book series through a limited colour palette, simple pictograms, and diminutive format.

The main challenge was to create a design that would be robust enough to withstand future volumes, without becoming too staid. Also, reconciling the visual nature and format of a reference book (ostensibly), with that of a book of fiction was a tough balance, but achieved mostly through the relationship between Apercu and Plantin — Apercu is simple and geometric enough to feel educational, but has enough character to contrast with the sober Plantin.

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Jessica Mullen

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Jessica Mullen

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February 8, 2012


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