Last October Ben from British Letterpress sent me a whole pile of stuff. Lots of letterpressed bits and pieces. It was really nice of him; really interesting things, including that British Rail booklet I blogged. It was lovely. So lovely, since then I've sought out other examples from the same era. Here's another I've dug up.
There's lots to like: Clarendon, specifically those lowercase headings; the cover grid (bloody hell, I've used that technique just a few weeks ago for one of our clients). And the great photography, with a number of stand-out images; dare I suggest, some Rodchenko-esque? While others being just superb snap-shots of life back then, like that one of the station restaurant (and that sad, Brief Encounter, couple at the table).
The god-like genius of Alan Kitching is coming to Belfast. Belfast is ace! I can't believe it really; fucking exciting! Here are the details:
/Alan Kitching Lecture /
/University of Ulster Belfast Campus/York Street/
/Thursday 6 March 6.30pm/Admission Free/
/Limited places by reservation/
Alan Kitching RDI AGI HonFRCA is one of the world’s foremost practitioners of letterpress typographic design and printmaking. At age 15, Alan became an apprentice compositor with a letterpress printer in his native Darlington in the north of England. After a subsequent successful career in conventional and corporate graphic design, he decided to return to his letterpress roots and in 1989 he established The Typography Workshop in London. He is renowned for his expressive use of wood and metal letterforms in creating visuals for commissions and limited edition prints. He lives and works with designer, writer and partner Celia Stothard at The Typography Workshop in Kennington, south London.
This is a rare opportunity to hear Alan discuss his work, coinciding with the the last day of the large Font Shop International FiFFteen exhibition at the University's Belfast Campus.
Places are limited so reservation is recommended.
Contact Kelly Gordon
028 9026 7285
In the 1967 Penrose Annual I posted last week there's an article by Bernard Orna on the "Growing scope of stamp design" illustrated by examples from around the world. But what struck me was how great the British examples were. Amongst the ones used for the article were the International Telecommunication Union stamps below, designed by Andrew Restall. Very cool.
So I went digging around to see what else I had and found some superb examples, like that absolutely beautiful, David Gentleman designed, Concorde stamp. He also designed those National Productivity Year stamps.
Anyway, I've started another Flickr set. There's not much there right now but I'll be adding to it over the coming months.
It's probably going to be a bit of a slow burner but I've started a Reference Material collection on Flickr, kicking off with my dilapidated copy of die neue Graphik. The book's being gradually falling apart since I bought it and, to be honest, Sunday's photo session hasn't helped but hopefully now, I can leave it safely on the shelf.
Well, I'd guess it took me just about 2 months to get these together. One of the things that's great about vintage Penguins is that there are numerous mini series. Sometimes they're books by a particular author; if you've got Penguin by Design there's lots of examples shown, like the fantastic Derek Birdsall designed set for John Updike's books.
Penguin Modern Poets 1-7 make a really great set. Number eight, unfortunately signals a slight change of direction and I can only guess at why. In fact, number eight, to me at least, looks like it might have originally followed the principles of the previous seven quite precisely but some force came into play that initated a shift. Certainly, the editions that followed went off on a distinct tangent, design-wise. Perhaps the market demanded greater diversity. Whatever the reason I can't help feel it was a shame.