Documentary Book Design

the history

Imagine choosing to live in a solitary, hostile winter environment with wolves and moose as your only companions. For more than five decades, numerous people have dedicated themselves to learning as much as possible about the wolves and moose of Isle Royale, MI—a remote island in Lake Superior. John Vucetich, the current lead researcher of the Wolf/Moose project, meticulously recorded his findings in a daily journal that would become the two books Monte was asked to design.

Our part

John provided the journal entries and photos (taken by himself and his colleagues), along with notes, charts, maps, and many other tidbits of information to lend understanding to the delicate balance of life on the island. Lauren took these pieces and wove them into a story of isolation, struggle, and hope. The book designs are deliberately simple, and use a few select type treatments to delineate the sections, days, entries, and captions. The photos speak for themselves.

documentary book cover design

Journal cover designs by Monte

The black and white interior keeps the printing costs low, while adding a dramatic flair.

journal documentary book

Simplicity in design allows the notes, photos, and drawings to speak for themselves.

The books are about 40 pages long—not too little, not too much. Just right.

The books give a rare glimpse into the beautiful, yet harsh environment on Isle Royale.

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