Observed, Visual Clarity.

Brocken Spectre

Funded by Arts Council England, hosted by English Heritage at Rievaulx Abbey and commissioned by Charles Monkhouse — The Brocken Spectre event was a once in a life-time experience of wonder and light. Our objective was to design a book giving structure to a theoretical study of a natural Brocken Spectre as well as documenting the process of creating a man-made Spectre within a controlled environment.


Wonder & Light

A Brocken Spectre is the enormous and magnified shadow of an observer, cast upon the upper surfaces of clouds opposite the sun. The head of the figure is surrounded by glowing halo-like rings of a glory — Rings of coloured light that appear directly opposite the sun when sunlight meets a cloud of uniformly-sized water droplets. Our cover concept represents unified water droplets by virtue of gridded laser cut holes on a block colour background with the holes showing through to an image of a spectre on the underside page. 


Type & Layout

Stylish and clean modern serifs have been used for headings, drawing inspiration from traditional calligraphy and we've coupled this with a clean unobtrusive sans serif that is perfect for reading. In addition to the publication being a showcase for the essay and contextualisation of the subject matter, the book embraces traditional layout that is cornered by stylish editorial thinking and clear hierarchy of information. 



Layout & Stock

Four different paper stocks were used during the production to give a sense of texture and depth. We used a heavy weight uncoated stock for the front cover, satin for the secondary inner cover, a recycled stock for the body text and garda satin for the image bank in the centre spread. Each stock weight was chosen carefully and graduated in thickness from thickest (cover) to thinnest (centre image spread) giving a touch of class to the finished book.