Ghastly good taste; or, A depressing story of the rise and fall of English architecture
illustration by Peter Fleetwood Hesketh
This book cover uses various typefaces to set the scene for a bombastic look at English architecture. Many typefaces have specific moods or ideas associated with them, and this cover uses these associations to mock Victorian ideas of taste and beauty. Text and its layout recalls Victorian play bills, where larger lettering and colour was used to give weight to different parts of the text. By adapting on old style, the designer has pin-pointed the subject of the book and satirised it.