Capricho: 1927–2012

Capricho was designed to activate the photographic archives of Texas-based artist Mark Menjivar’s late grandfather, Joe Font. The 266-page book is illustrated with 274 photographs and accompanied by an oral history with Font about his life. The photographic pages include handwritten tributes made by family members at Font’s funeral, which were scanned and presented in their current form. The title, Capricho, was the name of Font’s first sailboat and translates to “a whim, a craving, an impulse.” The book is typeset in the eccentric Marr Sans, utilizes a flexible grid, and invites the reader to turn the book 90 degrees to view the full bleed images—reflecting Font’s capricious approach to life. The cover features foil stamped typography on the spine, tipped-in front and back cover pates, and a linen hardcover.

Project by
Mark Menjivar

Design by
Molly Sherman

Filed to 
Publication 2017