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November is National Novel Writing Month and to celebrate that John Gall has been organizing design-a-thons, where novelists submit a (really) brief description of their novel and in 24 hours a designer has to create a finish cover. You get three synopsis to choose. I chose SS Incubo Films until my daughter asked for help with her french homework and I found a bucket of plastic jewels in her closet. So instead of one, I submitted two. It was fun, except I lost sensation of my fingertips by the hot glue gun fixing all these sequins.

Title: SS Incubo Films

Author: Susie Miller

Genre: Young Adult & Youth

Synopsis: The movie studio Incubo Films has a ground breaking documentary in the works: put a bunch of teenagers on a boat for a year, and watch what happens.
The story follows Felicia and Derren, the most unlikely of friends, bound together by simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time. They will have to work together to figure out just what is really happens below deck, and what Felicia’s father has to do with it.
Is there something more going on, or do adults really just want to get to know “the brains of teenagers?”

Title: Peace, Love, and BFFs

Author: Megan G.

Genre: Young Adult & Youth

Synopsis: My novel is about eight girls who are best friends. They are just going into sixth grade and they have no idea what to expect. Along the way, they battle evil teachers, broken hearts, and sinister lunch ladies.

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Early this year I was the chairman for the Type Directors Club Communication Design competition and my dear friend Matteo Bologna of Mucca Design was commissioned to design the annual. Instead of showing the photographs of sleepless judges bundled for cold January weather, he got caricatures of all of us. The superb cast of judges this year included, Angela Voulangas, Art Chantry, Arem Duplessis, Bruce Willen (Post Typography), Fons Hickmann, Jason Kernevich (The Heads of State) and Mario Hugo. We have never looked better.

PS. Mario Hugo is talking at the TDC salon on November 17 and Jason Kernevich in April.

Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich TDC 32Angela Voulangas TDC 32Art_Chantry TDC 32Arem Duplessis TDC 32Bruce Willen TDC 32Fons Hickmann TDC 32Jason Kernevich TDC 32Mario Hugo TDC 32


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The last is a special issue of Serrote, a Brazilian literary magazine in which we have eight full pages of typographic illustration (with the portraits of Carlos Drumond de Andrade, Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, Edgar Allan Poe, George Bernard Shaw, J M Coetzee, Oscar Wilde, Salman Rushdie, Virginia Wolf made by the letters of their names).

Joseph Conrad & James JoyceEdgar Allan Poe & George Bernard ShawJMCoetzee & OscarWildeSalman Rushdie & Virginia Woolf

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