Glorious & Free

Glorious & Free celebrates Canadian culture beyond the stereotypes of mountains, polar bears, maple leafs and canoes perceived worldwide. Published by House of Anansi Press, The 'Glorious & Free' book celebrates 33 remarkable Canadians. Told through a series of intimate interviews with photographs by Joanne Ratajczak, and featuring original illustrations by Frank Viva, the book is an inspirational and enduring vehicle to celebrate Canada's emerging identity.

Available at  Amazon  +  Indigo  +  Anansi Publishing

 

 

 

 
 

Creative Direction & Design: Siavash Khasha
Promo video: Siavash Khasha
Portrait Photography: Joanne Ratajczak
 

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The brief for the cover referenced a kaleidoscope as a symbol of diversity in Canadian culture and requested showcasing all profile portraits. The deconstructed elements of the kaleidoscope (bold & dynamic, layers & depth, light & perspective) were paired with Canadian cultural values of Glorious & Free (term from the national anthem) diversity & hope, equality & acceptance. The pairings led to the ampersand as the symbol of the book.
The book jacket was inspired by the National flag. When viewing the book, the red edges acts as the two red bars on each side of the flag, while the maple leaf symbol is replaced by the content in the centre. In addition, the flat book jacket reinforces the colour blocking of the flag.
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The book was written, designed, printed, and published by Canadians. ‘Classic Grotesque’ used for the copy was commission by Monotype for Rod McDonald, Canada’s best-known typographer.
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