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L'Heure Bleue Book Cover

L'Heure Bleue or The Judy Poems by Elisa Gabbert and published by Black Ocean. Cover design by Abby Haddican.

L’Heure Bleue by Elisa Gabbert. Book cover design and custom typography by Abby Haddican Studio.

L'Heure Bleue

Client: Black Ocean
Services: Book cover design, custom typography

Elisa Gabbert’s L’Heure Bleue, or the Judy Poems, goes inside the mind of Judy, one of three characters in Wallace Shawn’s The Designated Mourner, a play about the dissolution of a marriage in the midst of political revolution. In these poems, Gabbert imagines a back story and an emotional life for Judy beyond and outside the play. It’s an incredible book.  

L’Heure Bleue, French for ‘the blue hour,’ is also the name of a perfume created in 1912 by Jacques Guerlain.

This project was selected to appear in the 2017 Communications Arts Typography Annual and was also selected for inclusion in AIGA's 50 Books/50 Covers competition.

L’Heure Bleue, or The Judy Poems by Elisa Gabbert, published by Black Ocean. Cover design and custom type by Abby Haddican Studio.
Detail of L’Heure Bleue book cover design by Abby Haddican.
L’Heure Bleue book cover designed by Minnesota-based designer Abby Haddican.
Detail of Elisa Gabbert’s L’Heure Bleue, designed by Abby Haddican.