American Dreams / July 2022

We had the great privilege to design the architecture and cover for travis’ new book. 38 pages pairing herbal illustrations from the public domain with prose detailing the historic horrors of β€˜American race-slave-dependent ecologies.’ Our friend Caroline helped us source the public domain images, Ben illustrated botanical fragments from the collection and we wove them together into a minimal haunted asymmetry for the cover and frontispiece. This elegantly textured dust jacket was letterpressed at Steracle press in Humboldt park, hand scored and folded onto an uncoated, perfect bound digital soft cover. Merging production methods allowed us to achieve some pretty next level tactile quality on short runs made entirely locally.

The care put forth by every person involved continues to fuel the light we work by. The free-creative encouragement of Jordan at American Dreams. travis’ enthusiasm alone managed to sell the first edition of 100 within days of receiving it. Lucky for us all a second edition is already being discussed.