You & i are Earth – Fergus Feehily

2020 Selection

Designed by David Smith at Atelier David Smith

Editor: Fergus Feehily

Printer: Print Media Services

Series Editors: Adrian Duncan, Niamh Dunphy & Nathan O’Donnell

Categories: Editorial / Printed Publication / Print

Industry: Cultural

Tags: Contemporary art / Typography / Publishing / Art / Book / Black & White

Taking its title from the enigmatic inscription on a seventeenth-century Dutch-made plate, You & i are Earth, edited by Fergus Feehily, is a collection of essays on contemporary art by a wide range of Irish and international writers, all of whom share painting as a starting point. Exploring serendipitous connections and recovered histories, many of the essays lead the reader through a diverse range of thoughts and interests related to memory, music, history, literature, and personal experience.

Among other references, the design concept takes inspiration from the visual austerity and limited means-of-production associated with fanzines and independently produced publications. These stylistically crude influences are interpreted through a rigorous and confident editorial design to achieve a kind of ‘preciously unpreciousness’.

The interior is printed predominantly in Black and Silver inks. However, this restrained colour palette is regularly interrupted with full-colour and silver reproductions of artworks. Non-traditional colour-separation profiles are used to output and print these five-colour reproductions.

At 112 pages, You & i are Earth features an 8-page cover (French flaps). Format/dimensions are approximately 120 × 189mm.