A Die With Twenty-Six Faces by Louis Luthi, is an amalgam between a literary and a design book, designed, compiled, and written by Louis Luthi. Luthi is a typographer, designer, and professor of theory in the Graphic Design department of the Gerrit Rietveld Academie. Luthi’s work as a designer and professor focuses on the intersection between literature and typography, making the case that these two disciplines are interrelated.
“In A Die with Twenty-Six Faces, the author guides the reader through his collection of alphabet books, that is, books with letters for titles. Some of these titles are well known: Andy Warhol’s a, Louis Zukofsky’s “A”, Georges Perec’s W. Others are obscure, perhaps even imaginary: Zach Sodenstern’s A, Arnold Skemer’s C and D. Tracing connections between these books, L. elaborates on what the critic Guy Davenport has called the “Kells effect”: “the symbolic content of illuminated lettering serving a larger purpose than its decoration of geometry, imps, and signs.” Mixing essay and fiction, A Die with Twenty-Six Faces is a playful meditation on contemporary literature, typography, and book collecting.” —Roma Publications
Roma Publications is an Amsterdam based art publisher, founded in 1998 by graphic designer Roger Willems, and artists Mark Manders and Marc Nagtzaam as a platform to produce and distribute autonomous publications made in close collaboration with artists, institutions, writers and designers. Every issue has its own rules of appearance and distribution, varying from house to house, papers to exclusive books. Publications vary from editions between 2 and 150,000.