Chloe Scheffe: Rethinking editorial design
Brooklyn-based Chloe Scheffe designs books by groundbreaking thinkers and tackles magazines with a similarly radical approach [EXTRACT]
The pages of The Xenofeminist Manifesto: A Politics for Alienation unfold with assertive force, its radical message energised by the dynamism of Chloe Scheffe’s design. Originally published online by the collective Laboria Cuboniks in 2014, Verso Books approached Scheffe in 2017 to design a print version of the manifesto, giving her freedom to interpret its text how she saw fit. Adopting the ‘xeno’ prefix as a starting point – with its suggestion of foreign and ‘unnatural’ bodies – Scheffe envisioned the manifesto as an organism colonising its paperback host.
First spread of a four-page opener from Here magazine issue no. 11 (2020), co-designed with Natalie Shields. Portrait of Serena Williams by Shaniqwa Jarvis. Scheffe art directs this customer title for Away luggage.
Top. Cover design for The Xenofeminist Manifesto (Verso, 2017) emblazoned with the letters ‘XF’, the abbreviation for xenofeminism used throughout the text.
John-Patrick Hartnett, designer, writer, lecturer, London
Read the full article in Eye no. 100 vol. 25, 2020
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