Strayhorn: An Illustrated Life

Art direction, design, and layout for this totally unique and comprehensive review of jazz composer Billy Strayhorn's life and career.

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 This book had three different types of sidebars, tons of photos and original sheet music, and myriad other visual elements to incorporate cohesively. We came up with distinct treatments for each element that held true to the jazz aesthetic without being disruptive to the running narrative, allowing the words and photos to shine.

This book had three different types of sidebars, tons of photos and original sheet music, and myriad other visual elements to incorporate cohesively. We came up with distinct treatments for each element that held true to the jazz aesthetic without being disruptive to the running narrative, allowing the words and photos to shine.

 I had so much fun finding quotes to pull out and highlight, using the amazing  Tapscott  font from You Work For Them. With multiple OpenType options for each character and lots of funky and unconventional angles, it was the perfect way to translate the feeling of Billy's music to the page.

I had so much fun finding quotes to pull out and highlight, using the amazing Tapscott font from You Work For Them. With multiple OpenType options for each character and lots of funky and unconventional angles, it was the perfect way to translate the feeling of Billy's music to the page.

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