This was a final project for an experimental typography class. It was a paper promotion for New Leaf Paper's Reincarnation paperline.
The Roman numerals are where the custom die cuts come into play throughout the book. You'll see throughout, the font and back of the spreads with the die cuts, creating shadows, illusions and twisted images.
A close up of the axial grid. I used a pixelated blackletter (pixtur, up at the top left of the page) as well as a more gothic inspired blackletter typeface, paired with Hoefler & Frere-Jones' Requiem.
The "burned" look was intentional when I did the custom dies to bring in a depth of burning and hell. Dark and twisted, I know, but it added to the concept so I had to do it.