CATEGORY

Mix

RANK

Radical Production Award


PRODUCTION DETAILS

Quantity

2,000

Page Count

804 + cover + 3p flap

Number of Colors

Book CMYK + 2

Binding

Glued

Dimensions

6.69 × 9.45 × 2.4

Paper Stock

Dacosta, 100gr/m2
Sirio Perla, 140gr/m2
Munken, Polar, 150gr/m2
Munken, Lynx, 80gr/m2
LuxoMagic, 130gr/m2

Special Techniques

Slipcase Foil stamp


DESIGN CREDITS

Authors and Editors

Elodie Boyer, Jean Segui

Concept and Photographer

Elodie Boyer

Designer and Illustrator

Patrick Doan

Assistants

Morgann Lechat, Jeremy Glatre


PRODUCTION CREDITS

Risographie

Nijmegsee Universele

Binding

Patist


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LINKS

editions-non-standard.com
lenoirschuring.com

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CLIENT

Édi­tions Non Stan­dard is a pub­lish­ing com­pa­ny look­ing for a spe­cial res­o­nance between the tex­tu­al and the visu­al. They wish to exhib­it what graph­ic design, papers, and print­ing can add to projects. They look for plea­sure in doing and shar­ing dis­cov­er­ies.


BRIEF

We want­ed to read a fic­tion­al let­ter with­in a spread of pho­tos of type­faces. This was the start­ing point for the whole book con­cept and out­come. This gave us free­dom when con­ceiv­ing the book. We want­ed to exhib­it pho­tographs on a reportage mode and to make an echo to Le Havre archi­tec­ture (con­crete > rough card­board).


APPROACH

Let­tres du Havre plays on the dual mean­ing of the word “let­ters.” As type­faces, signs, logo­types on the one hand, and fic­tion­al let­ters (love let­ters, let­ters to rel­a­tives, pro­fes­sion­al let­ters, admin­is­tra­tive let­ters…) on the oth­er hand, in order to inves­ti­gate the role of iden­ti­ties in a city, the evo­lu­tion of brand design and sig­nage, the inter­ac­tions between social state and graph­ic signs. It is an enter­tain­ing book aimed at mak­ing every­body inter­est­ed in the strong influ­ence of graph­ic signs in a city. The book is an alter­na­tive city guide, a col­lec­tion of endan­gered signs, a piece of life, and a trib­ute to Le Havre.

PRODUCTION LESSONS

The binding of the book was the most difficult thing to achieve because of the 402 loose sheets, 2-page formats and the five different papers (from 80gr to 150gr), making actually two intertwined books. The pleasure of doing and sharing was our best motto, with mutual respect between all the players in the project (authors, editors, designer, printer, binder). 500 books were numbered via laser burn.

Judge’s Comments
This is tour de force of hard handwork and binding skills. A masterpiece. — Art Chantry

The LETTRES DU HAVRE was the obvious choice for Radical Production due mainly to the insane amount of hand work needed to put together such an impressive piece of work. The use of two paper sizes, although not wholly original, was impressive to see at the 800 plus page scale. Production details also include a screen printed book jacket and hand sorted pages which are equally impressive. Éditions Non Standard may have created a new design language. — David Dodde

This was like 500 pages of crazy production, as well as, well designed/paced that kept you wanting to flip the pages. The short sheet pages that created a textured tab-like effect was very chic. — Pum Lefebure

When I first thumbed through this book, I thought it was very interesting in the design and layout, with different sized sheets and different paper stock. It’s beautiful to look at. Then, when you think about technical production and find out that there were over 400 pages with no signatures, you start to grasp the magnitude of the labor involved. — brad murph

This was a beautiful, thoughtfully designed book but the difficult production exercise of interleaving short personal letters throughout the glossy pages of the book seems remarkably foolish to attempt–and super smart for its successful execution. — DJ Stout

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