Finally found a use for those Michelin maps I bought earlier in the year. They're French so it seemed only right that the greeting should by like-wise. Have a great Christmas everyone! See you in the new year.
I recently stumbled across this set of Child Welfare stamps from 1931, immediately recognising them as the work of Piet Zwart. I was wrong, they're actually by his mate, the lesser known Gerard Kiljan but date from around the period Zwart did loads of work for the Dutch Post Office so the mistake was fair enough I think. And they're certainly Zwart-ish. Along with their other mate, Paul Schuitema, the three constitute a kind of New Typography super-group.
I'm sure it's not unique to them but I do think Penguin have a knack of publishing eminently collectible sets. Some fairly large like the Great Ideas books and some, like this Penguin on Design series, small; which means you can get the lot for not very much. They're ideal stocking fillers for those with design tendencies.
I particularly like them because the cover for "The Medium..." is miles better than the cheesey 1967 one and the cover of "Ways of Seeing" is a) way better than the previous edition and b) true to "the fundamentals of [Richard] Hollis's original design".
I've reinstated a search widget over there on the left. The first time I did it it didn't work. Not sure if it will this time but I'm told it'll take 48 hours to catalogue Ace Jet so we won't know until Friday.
Well I've got mine. Every holiday I stack up a pile of reading matter only some of which I actually get through but this is at the top. I know "everyone" has been saying what a big influence Bubbles was, particularly on the big names of the 80s, but a quick flick through reveals just how strong that influence was. And what a prolific career the man had. There's loads of amazing work here, amongst my favourites being his Masereel-on-acid illustrations for The Inner City Unit and the incredible Imperial Pompadours.