Souffles-Anfas: A Critical Anthology from the Moroccan Journal of Culture and Politics

Designers

Anne Jordan
Mitch Goldstein
Rob Ehle
Anne Jordan and Mitch Goldstein

Description

Book cover design for an anthology of writings from an experimental journal in the 1960s-70s. “Souffles-Anfas” was one of the most influential literary, cultural, and political reviews to emerge in postcolonial North Africa. Our original illustration combines mechanical lines output by a plotter with hand-brushed sumi ink. The juxtaposition of the organic brush strokes with the precise vector lines creates an interesting material interaction that is a metaphor for the content of the book. The final cover conveys the tension and energy surrounding the journal at the time. Published by Stanford University Press in 2015.

Translation: “Souffles-Anfas” is the original title of the experimental Moroccan Journal from the 1960s-70s that this book anthologizes. The French and Arabic words translate to “breaths.”