We just finished designing Scott Pasfield’s Gay America / Out and Proud Across the USA. During a two-year period Scott photographed gay men in every state and gathered their stories to create an incredible portrait of America. For the cover and headline typeface we chose Tapeworm, a curious font based on the wordmarks found in Ed Ruscha’s paintings — the kind of letterforms an amateur sign maker might make with masking tape. Ruscha refers to this style as “boy scout utility modern” — to me it’s proud, American, odd and rebellious, and completely unexpected.
It’s been a great honor to work with Scott and editor Alan Rapp to bring Gay America to life. We had a smooth experience printing the sample book with Blurb and now it’s being reviewed by publishers. Good luck to Scott and his remarkable project.