The Man in Black
The kind of words & music that puts a burning in your heart with a powerful voice sending an inspirational sensation through your body. Many things about Johnny Cash create a unique & lasting presence in musical history. Through hardship and struggle, we come to understand his recognition of life & death, his admirable love for June Carter, and his storytelling songs written with lyrical poetry.
Each page or spread has it’s own purposeful element(s) that causes a reader to become more involved with the book. Elements include flaps, cutouts, pockets and more and motivate more interest and excitement from onlookers.
Black & white photography is a very agreeable representation for Cash, as his face is so expressive. Found photography of Johnny Cash was used in combination with original photographs that were taken to correspond with the context of the lyrics. Purposeful grain was applied to the images to express a rough, seasoned personality.
The rough, powerful font Bowlby One was utilized in combination with hand lettering inspired by Cash’s handwritten notes to June Carter and other handwritten tokens. This font was selected in reference to his early concert posters.
Here you can see additional applications in the book where rough, torn, & crumpled paper are used as a simple approach to add texture and interactivity to the book. Alternating compositions are also used throughout causing the viewer to become more involved by having to look at the pages from different angles.