Shubigi Rao Design & Branding Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book Vol. I of V, 1 by Swell

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Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book Vol. I of V, 1

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Media Design & Branding
Market Worldwide
Agency Swell
Released October 2016

Awards

D&AD 2017
Book Design Culture, Art & Design Books Wood Pencil

Credits & Description

Agency: Swell
Client: Shubigi Rao
Printer: First Printers Pte Ltd
Design Director: Benson Chong
Design Director: Felix Sng
Editor: Dana Lam
Editor in Chief: Leena Taneja Rao
Design Agency: Swell
Description
Pulp: A Short Biography of the Banished Book is a decade long project by artist Shubigi Rao about the history of book destruction, censorship and other forms of repression, as well as the book as symbol and resistance. This publication is a manifestation of the research. Pulp is ‘the book as content-driven object’, where design and typography extend the subject, not decorate it. The use of cinnabar is historically significant, as is employing margins as profane spaces against the ‘sanctified’ text. The handwritten marginalia also points to the contemporary theme of marginalization in the book.