— Tim O’Brien Series Design

Immersed in all things Vietnam as we continue to work on the Don McCullin lifetime retrospective, I am intrigued to see posts concerning this Tim O’Brien project.

Designer Jo Walker has done a fabulous job of redesigning the covers of Tim O’Brien’s classic Vietnam war novels If I Die in a Combat ZoneGoing After Cacciato, The Things they Carried, and Northern Lights for 4th Estate in the UK.


The series uses a single, searing photograph of a burning Vietnam village taken in 1965 by photographer Dominique Berretty spread over the four covers. The effect is extraordinary, and the design is an interesting contrast to Cardon Webb‘s (also brilliant) typographic covers for the US editions, published by Broadway, across at the Casual Optimist website.


You can read more about Jo’s design process for the series on the 4th Estate blog.

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