CATEGORY

Mix

RANK


PRODUCTION DETAILS

Quantity

250 limited edition

Page Count

168 + cover

Number of Colors

1

Binding

Smythe-sewn
Hand-glued cover

Dimensions

3 × 5 × 2

Paper Stock

Box Chipboard, 26pt
Deck Mohawk Carnival, Vellum, Stellar White and New Black, 120lb
Book Leather, Black
Interior Domtar Husky Smooth, Opaque White, 60lb

Special Techniques

Duplex
Foil stamp


PRODUCTION CREDITS

Chicago Press Corporation

A&H Bindery


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LINKS

rohnerletterpress.com
halkugeler.com

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CLIENT

Hal Kugel­er spe­cial­izes in high-qual­i­ty print­ed pub­li­ca­tions, books, and cat­a­logues. He spent near­ly a decade as the Direc­tor of Pub­li­ca­tions and Design at Chicago’s Muse­um of Con­tem­po­rary Art.


BRIEF

As a per­son­al project, Hal designed and illus­trat­ed an entire tarot deck, draw­ing inspi­ra­tion from art sources both ancient and mod­ern.


APPROACH

Hal want­ed a pack­age that was ele­gant but not fussy, clas­sic but not dat­ed. The chip­board cov­er con­trasts with the but­tery leather cov­er, and the black ink with the unusu­al gun­metal-metal­lic foil.

PRODUCTION LESSONS

The biggest challenge was keeping track of all the moving parts and making sure that when they were all brought together. The whole set involves foil stamping, letterpress, offset, die-cutting, binding the book, hand-gluing, and hand-trimming the covers on substrates that vary pretty dramatically from each other. Like many of the most well-designed projects, the seeming simplicity of the finished piece masks a very complicated production chain.

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