MOST COVETED COVERS
by D.G. Strong
As I’ve related before, one of the things that I look for in a jacket design is some sort of evidence that the designer is familiar with the text. Or in this case, the life. Peter Mendelsund, who knocked this one out between who knows how many other masterpieces, seems to have Le Corbusier in his blood because he gets all of this exactly right. Right down to the typeface used for the title, which appeared on Le C’s blueprints and what?—headstone, maybe? And all of those grids and divisions and golden rectangles and fiddledy bits and whatnot ... oh, it’s all so worked out it almost could have been lifeless. But it isn’t; it’s literally colorful, just like you hope any biography will turn out to be. Things repeat: the narrow photo strip at the top is echoed by that little white crosshatch on the right. And things are lined up: the diagonal of the black slant points right at his eye. It’s almost more architectural than it is graphic. You almost expect to find out that it’s based on a building plan. I’d certainly walk right in.