Page 1: Great Expectations
“My father’s family name being Pirrip, and my Christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip.”
Page 1: Great Expectations collects the responses of graphic designers when posed with the same brief; to design and lay out the first page of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, a text chosen in part because it directly references lettering as Pip searches for clues about his family from the letterforms inscribed on their tombstone. The brief encouraged the 70 contributors to explore, challenge or celebrate the conventions of book typography. Each layout is accompanied by a short rationale explaining the designer’s decision-making process.
Published by GraphicDesign&, the creation of Lucienne Roberts and Rebecca Wright. Each GraphicDesign& publication connects graphic design to another subject area. I look forward to seeing more from this intriguing partnership.
Cut It Out
This year for the London Design Festival, Outline Editions invited Noma Bar to create an installation. His response, based on a manual embosser, is an interactive sculpture which will allow viewers to create their own prints. The huge punching machine cuts out exclusive Noma Bar designs with the resulting negative space forming the image—a whimsical interpretation of the designers ongoing fascination with what he prefers to call ‘positive space.’ Gallery visitors select from 36 different GF Smith papers, choose from a selection of Noma’s designs, and then manually feed the paper into the machine. Then with four tons of pressure, the press produces a die-cut print that is signed and numbered as part of a limited edition series.
Mind Over Matter
Kemistry Gallery and Fletcher Studio are proud to present Mind Over Matter: Alan Fletcher’s The Art of Looking Sideways – a celebration of ten years of this seminal publication and the work of a true design icon.
The exhibition brings together a collection of original material and notes from Alan Fletcher’s archive, documenting thirty or so years of attentive curiosity by Alan at large – throughout a career that (he asserted) was made from being in the right place at the right time. The accumulation of coincidence, chance and choice, that eventually led Alan to make the book, will pique curiosity and enlighten minds. A truly unique and personal collection of visual imagery, design articles, factual and cultural curiosities and quotations, The Art of Looking Sideways captures the sensory overload of contemporary visual culture, while also acting as a primer in visual intelligence. This book has long been a source of inspiration for me.
Damn, I wish I could be in London to see this!
The Hand Written Letter Project
There’s always something nice about receiving a letter. Today the way we communicate is dominated by email, text, status updates and tweets leaving many to lose sight of the things that have been around for a while – like pen and paper. Craig Oldham believes it is important that we don’t forget.
Oldham began the Hand Written Letter Project by extending an invitation to the world’s leading designers, design studios and creative thinkers alike to simply share their thoughts in handwritten form on their own letterhead. The full collection now includes over 100 letters and will be on show at KK Outlet throughout August.
A limited edition book of the letters is also available, with all profits going to the National Literacy Trust.
Bracket is conceived by Anonymous as a publication that features everything in between. Ideas, voices and processes that are overlooked and under-appreciated. The publication is art directed by design practice, SILNT with guest contributors for each issue. The collection features 8 volumes to be published through 2012 on diverse topics such as Craft, Hunger, Ethics, Spirit and Failure.
The debut issue includes contributions from Aaron Rose, Christine J. Brandt, Cmmnwlth, Frank Chimero, Geoff McFetridge, Ian Anderson, Jason Gregory, Jessica Hische, karlssonwilker, KesselsKramer, Mary & Matt, Mihoko Ouchi, Postalco, Rockin’ Jelly Bean, Stanley Donwood, Tommy Guerrero and a foreword by myself. Order directly from the site for $23 including postage.
Edits by Edit
Edits is a poster series curated by Edit. Each designer that participated was asked to represent a musical genre using one shape and one piece of type stating a musical genre. I have to say, it’s an honor to be included in this incredibly talented line-up. These minimal posters are A1 size and very limited.
Pre–order yours now.
Kemistry Gallery is celebrating the work of legendary designer Lou Dorfsman, art director for the CBS network. The exhibition centers on his most notable creation, the 11-metre wide handmade wooden typographic wall that he named Gastrotypographicalassemblage. With over sixty original examples of Lou’s art-directed work for CBS, featuring contributions from Al Hirschfeld and Milton Glaser, the exhibition serves to demonstrate Lou Dorfsman’s skill in defining a brand to over 200 million people. Featuring historically significant print spreads and a half-scale two-dimensional reproduction of the wall, Kemistry Gallery have also commissioned parts of the wall to be reproduced for purchase along with a limited edition print, available here.
Dowling Duncan Bank Notes
The talented people at Dowling Duncan recently submitted an interesting design concept to The Dollar Redesign Project. Organized by New York designer Richard Smith, this project hopes to bring about change for everyone by rebranding the US dollar, thereby rebuilding financial confidence and reviving our failing economy. Personally, I like the general spirit of these redesigns but they have definitely polarized opinions online.
It’s Nice That Issue #4
The team at It’s Nice That have done it again with Issue #4 of their publication. The lineup is simply incredible, featuring interviews with Nick Knight, Neville Brody, Miranda July, Troika, RBG6, Noma Bar and Bompas & Parr, and special features by Sara de Bondt, Adam Buxton, Adrian Shaughnessy, Jez Burrows, Mike Lemanski, Peter Nencini and Micah Lidberg and more. What’s more, every order placed before midnight on September 30th (the day before the official release) will receive an unfolded two color screenprint by James Jarvis with a spot UV gloss, that was specially commissioned for the issue. Get yours now.
Craig Oldham just informed me of the third edition of his fantastic booklet, 12IN12. The honesty and sincerity of the booklet has been well received by students and educators worldwide. I was so inspired by it when I read it that I posted about it here. And now, the non-profit educational charity D&AD have decided to publish a limited edition version of the booklet. Created exclusively for New Blood 2010, it is printed on yellow newsprint and is available for a donation of £1. Simply lovely.