THE Elements of Style

book design

I worked directly with Maira Kalman on the design. Perhaps part of Strunk and White’s intent was a useful manual of usage and style, and they did this in almost militant fashion (but not without their own clever sense of humor), but it was Maira Kalman’s idea to illustrate their work, and my job to keep one eye on the usefulness, and serve Maira’s wondrous and unorthodox approach to telling stories. Starting with Elements of Style, I worked with Maira on her first three book projects with Penguin Press.


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The program for the performance of Elements of Style at the New York Public Library


TITLE: The Elements of Style
AUTHORS: Strunk, White, Kalman
PUBLISHER: Penguin Press
DATES: 2005
CREDITS: Peter Buchanan-Smith (design), Maira Kalman (illustration)