But at the same time as I’m catching up on HOAX past, HOAX in the present continues apace, and I thought it was about time I introduced you to Wayne Marsden.
Last year I had the pleasure of getting some conceptual design input into HOAX Psychosis Blues from visual artists Adam York Gregory. Adam had some beautiful ideas – ideas I kept in mind when I approached Manchester-based (and complete grid geek) Wayne Marsden in October, to come aboard as official book designer.
The two of us have been working closely together since, planning all of the various aspects that will sit around and support the artwork provided by the project’s ten illustrators: aspects such as the page layouts, fonts and typesetting; the chapter headings, titles and cover design; the dimensions; and even the kinds of papers and materials that will all come together to create the final object, the tangible book that you will hold in your hands.
Working with Wayne has been a pleasure. We back-and-forth effortlessly and without pressure, but are always on track. I think it helps that we seem to be naturally on the same wavelength.
We’ve had real challenges, such as creating a font from my brother’s handwriting, and our incorporation of ‘psychological layering’. But bit by bit we’ve inched closer to our goal, and things are really starting to take shape.