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.
Client: The Historic New Orleans Collection
Editor: Erin M. Greenwald
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.
Jacket with inside front cover
Mark created for New Orleans, the Founding Era
Back cover with book jacket