Portland ABC just arrived from the printer. It’s the second ABC book in the series (after Seattle ABC), but this time we tried a new format. Square, a bit smaller, and –in a career first!– a spot varnish on the cover.
Because the structure is less narrative the ABC books provide an opportunity to push the art in a more graphic direction. Peter P. Plasencia’s Space Alphabet is a masterpiece of minimal two-color design and inspired the look of Seattle ABC. I considered limiting Portland ABC to two colors plus black, but it just didn’t feel like a Larry book. Each spread is approached as limited color (from 2 to 3) but the book has a typically Larry-like range of colors.