Partial, as I am, to stationery products the Muji Award Bronze Prize winner would have got my vote. Unfortunately, not available to buy (yet?) it's not clear from what I could see whether they will be going into production but I really hope they do.
Bob Wagner commented today on that post about the Barney Bubbles book. It turns out Bob worked on the PXR5 cover, fixing Bubbles' artwork. Remembering how much I loved that cover I went looking for it online and remembered John Coulthart's post on Bubbles way back at the beginning of 2007. I asked John at the time if the PXR5 cover was really by Bubbles and he pointed me at a version by Philip Tonkyn. But that wasn't the one I had, I had the one you can see above.
Anyway, tonight I went looking for John's post again and started to scroll through the comments to find mine. Just out of curiosity I scrolled passed mine. And kept scrolling. And scrolling...And scrolling...And scrolling...oh you get the picture.
Well after I'd moved on, the comments continued – for nearly two years! Right up to the here and now. And to cut a two year story short, have culminated in the publication of the book.
Malcolm Garrett's in there, so is Rick Poynor. Not quite sure who Rebecca and Mike are but feel I should know because they feature significantly and certainly know tons of stuff about the man. David Wills is there too; he was "...a brother of Barney's from 1957 to '82 in work and play. In life, love and ballistics...", to use his own words. And there's even a surprise appearance by Rian Hughes. Oh, and of course Paul Gorman comments (the book's author).
Another ideal Christmas gift for the graphic designer? I haven't intentionally set out to be your personal shopper, what with typo cushions and the Bubbles and Bond books, but here's another: bird houses from Bomdesign, available through ReForm School. And then there's the Typo Chair.
I don't know about anyone else but when I find out someone I've known is doing something ace, I get disproportionately excited. In the early hours one morning, me and the boys were on the Dr Who website, checking out Daleks (like you do at 7am) and there was David Hankinson: Dalek Operator. Looking just like he did, way back, when he worked with us (in Leicestershire). I know it's really unlikely that anyone reading this knows anyone on the Dr Who production team but if you do, say "Hi" to David (the old pervert*).
We also found out how to make a Dalek cake.
* Last time I saw him act he was doing unspeakable things to a blow-up doll.
[I've just re-read this post and realised that, perhaps, I should have mentioned, in connection to that very last bit, that he was on stage, in a play at the time].
"I'm working with Leonard Cheshire disability in spreading the awareness on a new range of beautifully animated (by Aardman) viral games designed for disabled people as part of their "change the way you see disability" campaign. To give you an idea of how each game in the series is unique - the first game of the series, 'Flyzz' featuring Callum The Chameleon, carries an 'audio only' option making it the only flash game that is accessible to the blind."