Tower Block Books’ latest publication, Periferia by Andrés Sandoval, is an artwork disguised as a book. Its yellow cover contains a concertina-folded, rubber stamped scene by the São Paolo-based graphic artist, in which the rhythms and patterns of the city are recreated through repetitive motifs of buildings, people, automobiles and abstract forms. Together, they tell a wordless story based on São Paolo itself.
As Sandoval explains, “We associate stamps with a mechanical gesture that can be repeated endless times. But stamps are also characterised by their somewhat imperfect and incidental nature. In this book, what is hard and industrial in the city has been represented through the misalignments, overlaps and multiplications afforded by hand-carved blocks.”
We were commissioned to design a cover for Sandoval’s concertina-based work. Enjoying the parallels between rubber stamping and the process of movable type printing, we decided to celebrate this on the cover by creating a bespoke stamped typeface. The textural imperfections of the hand-stamping process add character and a hand-rendered sensibility to the cover of the book.
Periferia will be published by Tower Block Books, an independent small-press publisher of picture books about places, later this year. You can pre-order a copy now on their website.