Just in case you didn't get the email Bryan Edmondson from SEA is talking at UU on 11th November, at 6.45pm. £4 to get in, or £2 if you're a student. You can book a place by emailing Kelly Gordon. Bryan's also bringing an exhibition of SEA work which will be running until 15th.
Photos are of the rather good Gmund Paper mailers SEA did for GF Smith recently.
Mike and Kate Hyde are Bespoke Editions. Here's their idea: We've reached tipping point with ebooks; the physical book is, clearly, no longer the most appropriate medium for the delivery of everyday texts. But for important, classic and treasured texts, it is highly likely that the physical book will grow in popularity as a prized and precious artefact. The evidence is all around us.
Bespoke Editions is a one-off edition press; offering beautiful custom-made classic books, printed on demand and hand-finished to order. Personalised and unique, each edition will be made using specially selected cover papers and finishes. Personally, I think it's a great and timely idea. It's spot on; imagine being able to buy someone their favourite, classic novel, made to your unique specification. The idea totally works for me. Which is why I'm working for them.
It's been a while since I did any book work but over the last few weeks I've been helping Kate and Mike develop the layout and style sheets for the internal pages. Drawing on Hochuli's seminal book on book design and Tschichold's timeless book work, I've really enjoyed the understated discipline of book design again.
The editions will be in a Demy format and the page layouts will be based on the Van de Graaf Canon. After a set of tests, we've settled on the beautiful Hoefler Text for the typesetting and each title page will feature a carefully chosen typographic ornament that has some relevance to the particular book.
I'm pretty excited to be involved and will be reporting on progress as things move along but you can also hear from Kate and Mike on the Bespoke Editions blog.
OK, so we were down at Castle Ward (again!) last weekend, this time for the Pumpkin Festive. And we thought, hey, let's go find The Bum Tree! The weird thing was though, although I'm damned sure that this was the right tree, that's not the right bum.
Interesting but seriously under-promising, the cover of this guidebook (circa 1955) does little to prepare you for what's inside. Each section starts with an illustrated divider page, beautifully illustrated by Michel Bouchaud.
Mr Johnson very kindly sent me a full set of the V&A and me maps that johnsonbanks revealed to the world recently (OK, I coerced them from him). They are amazing. I love them because: a) they're amazing, and b) they're a good example, in my view, of minimum means (unfolded, they're a standard A2 sheet) but maximum effect; if I were visiting the V&A during the London Design Festival and picked one of these up I'd be delighted with my free souvenir.
If you're not up to speed with the idea: for each leaflet a particular creative type was asked what they liked most about the Museum. Favourites were then plotted onto a custom-designed map-like layout; the "maps" then folded in an unconventional way so that the contents of each piece can be glimpsed when it is closed.
The invited creative luminaries included: Paul Smith, Nick Rhodes, Anya Hindmarch, museum director Sir Mark Jones, hat man Stephen Jones, Erin O'Connor and Florence (and the Machine) Welch…amongst others.
Twitter followers of Marian Bantjes will know she's practically on tour at the moment promoting her amazing new book, "I Wonder". Described, on the back, as a "compelling collection of observations on visual culture and design", the book is a (literally) dazzling piece of work and a tribute to Bantjes' inspirations. Before reading a word it's clear that she's inspired by illuminated manuscripts and Bantjes brings the discipline bang up-to-date with a mix of high production values, precisely drawn patterning and repetitive photographic motifery. Like Sagmeister's books (he wrote the foreword incidentally), it's one of those publications you probably should buy whether you actually like her work or not. Love it or not (and there is loads to love) it's an amazing and startling object.
We were at W5 last week. It was Star Wars day and Noah wanted to be photographed under attack from a variety of Empirical villainy. After the onslaught, we explored the more educational and, overall, more dead Nature Quest installations.
We had a great time until some "wee shit" nicked Noah's light saber when we weren't looking. We tried using The Force to track it down but The Force was bloody hopeless. So I used My Wallet to buy a new one instead.