Zone Books

Zone Books is an acclaimed non-profit publisher of academic books in visual studies, cultural history, philosophy, political theory, and related subject areas. I have been the art director for all Zone publications since 2002, designing over fifty volumes. 

For ‘standard’ Zone titles, I develop the jacket design and oversee typesetting and page layout. My approach to the covers extends and expands upon the design direction established by Bruce Mau in the late 1980s: a filmic image with bold cropping, a vivid palette, and subtle typography. Each volume requires collaboration with the author, editors, and publisher to convey the sensibility of the argument in a distinctive form. 

I have also designed a series on contemporary political issues and special Zone Books editions, incorporating visual attributes of the Zone style in the presentation of diverse and critical bodies of content. 


See list of titles below.
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cover designs

• Aby Warburg and the Image in Motion 
• The Act of Being: The Philosophy of Revelation in Mulla Sadra
• Action and Reaction: The Life and Adventures of a Couple

• Anachronic Renaissance
• Beyond the Dream Syndicate: Tony Conrad and the Arts after Cage
• Christian Materiality: An Essay on Religion in Late Medieval Europe

• The Civil Contract of Photography
• The Claude Glass: Use and Meaning of the Black Mirror in Western Art
• Contemporary States of Emergency: The Politics of Military and Humanitarian Interventions
• The Cradle of Humanity: Prehistoric Art and Culture
• Dark Tongues: The Art of Rogues and Riddlers
• Death and the Idea of Mexico

• Defaced: The Visual Culture of Violence in the Late Middle Ages
• The Demon of Writing: Powers and Failures of Paperwork
• Depositions: Scenes from the Late Medieval Church and the Modern Museum
• A Dream Interpreted Within a Dream: Oneiropoiesis and the Prism of Imagination
• Echolalias: On the Forgetting of Language
• The Enemy of All: Piracy and the Law of Nations
• The Fifth Hammer: Pythagoras and the Disharmony of the World
• Ghostly Apparitions: German Idealism, the Gothic Novel, and Optical Media
• The Great Lakes of Africa: Two Thousand Years of History
• Hide and Seek: Camouflage, Photography, and the Media of Reconnaissance
• Historical Grammar of the Visual Arts 
• History and Obstinacy
• In Praise of the Whip: A Cultural History of Arousal
• The Inner Touch: Archeology of a Sensation
• The Invention of Athens: The Funeral Oration in the Classical City
• Jacques Offenbach and the Paris of His Time
• Making Noise: From Babel to the Big Bang & Beyond

• A Million Years of Music: The Emergence of Human Modernity
• Myth and Thought among the Greeks
• Objectivity
• Operatic Afterlives
• The Order of Evils: Toward an Ontology of Morals
• Pornotopia: An Essay on Playboy’s Architecture and Biopolitics
• Reason and Resonance: A History of Modern Aurality
• The Return of Comrade Ricardo Flores Magón
• Rituals of War: The Body and Violence in Mesopotamia
• Secrets of Women: Gender, Generation, and the Origins of Human Dissection
• The Signature of All Things: On Method
• Solitary Sex: A Cultural History of Masturbation
• Ten Thousand Things: Nurturing Life in Contemporary Beijing
• Vital Nourishment: Departing from Happiness
• Walled States, Waning Sovereignty
• Who Are You? Identification, Deception, and Surveillance in Early Modern Europe

zone books near futures series

• Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution

series on nongovernmental politics

• Nongovernmental Politics
• Access to Knowledge in the Age of Intellectual Property 
• Sensible Politics: The Visual Culture of Nongovernmental Politics

special editions

• Close Up at a Distance: Mapping, Technology, and Politics
• Intimate Enemy: Images and Voices of the Rwandan Genocide
• The Power of Inclusive Exclusion: Anatomy of Israeli Rule in the Occupied Palestinian Territories