Looking for typeface suggestions for a book about cave art

roystanfield's picture

Hi All,

I'm looking for a typeface to start a personal book cover design project with.

There is a Phaidon book titled "Cave Art," which is a beautiful book that is currently being sold with an ill thought-out dust jacket.

I'm hoping to make my own dust jacket for the book – at least it will look better on my shelf – and was hoping to get this community's opinions on an appropriate typeface to begin the redesign project with.

In Derek Birdsall's "Notes on Book Design," the author talks about a book he produced (also as a personal project) about human technology though history and pre-history. His take on hyphenating the word "technology" in the title seems to modernize the potentially stodginess of the all-caps display serif.

Thanks in advance for your input.


riccard0's picture

The task is a tricky one, since the subject matter predates any form of writing.
My first impulse would be using something archaic looking (http://www.stonetypefoundry.com/numaoverview.html), but probably it could end up looking very feigned.
So I think the approach could be either something as neutral as possible, or something very contrasting (I'm thinking techno/sci-fi here, think 2001).
As for the actual cover, I think I can understand the reasoning behind it. But, in the same vein, I would rather have gone with a graffiti-like look.

akaczun's picture

How about choosing an extremely clean and modern new geometric sans serif font series to contrast with the subject matter.


Nick Shinn's picture

Alex, if you want your new face in everybody's face all the time, take out an ad.

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