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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Horrible Hemingway

One of my assignments for the BG News today was photographing a burrito eating contest where a contestant almost vomited on me.

The experience was almost as disgusting as the book cover I found while seeking sanity at GFT after the contest.

Two words: poor Hemingway.



I'm sure the beloved author is rolling in his grave over this one. First of all, the colors. Why so many? Also, I'm sure the early 90s would like their palette back. Second, why does this book have supposed blood spatters on it? Since this is a biography of Hemingway, it seems to infer that he was a murderer. I guess I missed something. I could really go on forever but almost find it unnecessary. Even someone who doesn't have a small obsession with design can see this cover is a disaster.

Unfortunately, the inside pages are just as bad. Click through to the jump to see what I'm talking about.

I'm not sure why there is a strange gray box behind the Table of Contents but I know it looks tacky. I also know this entire book could have been designed in Page Maker, and that is not okay.

I am pretty sure these pages are racist... but I'm not positive. I do know this design is chaotic and strange.


Anonymous said...

The author of this article (if you can even call it that) is a Dutch Dolly. Best book ever!

-cousin E

Andy Ouriel said...

That design does look pretty uuug-leee to me

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