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New Orleans: the Founding Era

New Orleans: the Founding Era was special tricentennial exhibition with a publication that tells the story of New Orleans founding, through ten essays, ranging from colonialism, city-planning, slavery, and early native American artifacts, among other aspects of French colonization.

All photos by Jonathan Traviesa

Client: The Historic New Orleans Collection

Editor: Erin M. Greenwald
ISBN: 978-0-917860-74-4

172 Pages
8.5 x 10.5 in.
Debossed Hardcover with Jacket
Edition of 3000

Printed in Canada

The Founding Era catalog is special in that it celebrates the 300th anniversary as a dual-translated English-French text for the entire publication. Establishing the texts as two-columns—English in black and French, tinted—became the design language and formatting for navigating the texts. Additionally, the challenge was to stay within the well-established academic look and feel of the Historic New Orleans Collection, providing a contemporary, yet conservative styling for their catalogs and patrons.

While the audience of researchers, academics, and viewers of this publications remains niche, it was probably one of the most consequential to me, in terms of being entrusted with the task of bringing something like this together. Upon looking at it years later, I still feel good about the end result of it all.

Cover with book jacket removed

Jacket with inside front cover

Exhibition view image courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection

Mark created for New Orleans, the Founding Era

Exhibition view image courtesy of The Historic New Orleans Collection
Close up of the end of each chapters, with French and English columns facing footnotes / essay citations

Back cover with book jacket