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"Yat" is a local dialect of New Orleans, it sounds similar to a deep Long Island or Bronx accent with a light, sweet southern lift. It was just blogged on Design Observer by William Drenttel, http://www.designobserver.com/.
FLOOD BOOK is a biting, ironic send-up to the follies brought on New Orleans after Katrina in 2005, it is lavishly illustrated by two Louisiana State University graphic design students, it is written by Max Cafard, a lifelong inhabitant of the Island of New Orleans. He is a surre(gion)alist writer and pre-ancientist philosopher. He is the author of The Surre(gion)alist Manifesto and Other Writings (Exquisite Corpse, 2004) and many other works. His writings have appeared in Exquisite Corpse, Anarchy: A Journal of Desire Armed, The Fifth Estate, and other questionable publications.
(Flood book includes a glossary for anyone unfamiliar with the local Yat dialect.)
FLOOD BOOK was designed by Nancy Sharon Collins, special projects director, AIGA New Orleans who has an ongoing curiosity about legible type. The following information was written by Emily Delorge, one of the illustrators and it pertains to readable type:
"There was a teachers workshop last week in Baton Rouge focused on literacy for students with disabilities. My mom brought the Flood Book to give to one of her long time friends. Dr. Caroline Musselwhite who is the consultant to the Louisiana Department of Education and the main speaker at the workshop saw our book and loved it. She said it has all the qualities needed for teaching, rhyme, repetition of lines, etc. Dr. Caroline requested a couple copies of the book. I went the second day. She read the entire book during her presentation with a volunteer to demonstrate a specific teaching method. She especially recomended our book to teachers in Louisiana being that it is an appropriate subject matter for junior high and high school students and also Louisiana specific."