Page 1: Great Expectations
By Duane King
“My father’s family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.”
Page 1: Great Expectations collects the responses of graphic designers when posed with the same brief; to design and lay out the first page of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, a text chosen in part because it directly references lettering as Pip searches for clues about his family from the letterforms inscribed on their tombstone. The brief encouraged the 70 contributors to explore, challenge or celebrate the conventions of book typography. Each layout is accompanied by a short rationale explaining the designer’s decision-making process.
Published by GraphicDesign&, the creation of Lucienne Roberts and Rebecca Wright. Each GraphicDesign& publication connects graphic design to another subject area. I look forward to seeing more from this intriguing partnership.