Friday, 29 May 2009

the medium is the massage

Not the greatest of Penguin covers but the content makes up for it.  It's a bit of a bizarre mish mash of photography typography and illustration all trying to make the point that society is shaped by the way we communicate and not what we communicate. The blurb is a review by A. M. Schlesinger Jr 'It is a chaotic combination of bland assertion, astute guesswork, fake analogy, dazzling insight, hopeless nonsense, shockmanship, showmanship, wisecracks and oracular mystification, all mingling cockily and indiscriminately in an endless random monologue. It also, in my judgement, contains a deeply serious argument.' That says it all really.

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Sunday, 17 May 2009

Friday, 15 May 2009

David Pearson

I think that all creative people sometimes see someone else's work and think 'God, I wish that I did that' and I feel like that about every single book cover that David Pearson has done. If you're into books and beautiful design check him out here.
However beautiful the books look on screen, it doesn't compare to how they are! Most are embossed and come on a really nice thick stock. I've got my hands on a lot of his great ideas series, more to follow!

Wednesday, 13 May 2009


Nice 1970s German map of Hamburg rescued from my Dad's cull of books. I have so many treasures! more to follow.

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

wood type

For a while I've been meaning to collate a few complete alphabets of wood type prints. This ended up being the basis for a HUGE book I made in december for our batch production project. Over 5 books I printed 1040 pages in letterpress, each page looked like the one above, containing one example of wood type. Most came from the tray of odd letters in the letterpress workshop which are either broken or don't belong anywhere. Anyway, the other day I spent about 4 hours scanning every page so I could have a digital version. When I eventually get my website up and running I would like to put them all up.


another successful charity shop purchase!

Thursday, 7 May 2009

maps (again)

These are extra big if you want to take a closer look (come to think of it, all these images are huge!)

Wednesday, 6 May 2009


Still really in to this type project. I managed to finish one of the three we have to do , in letter press. Pics up shortly. I am about to start painting the second. exciting stuff!

Tuesday, 5 May 2009

Monday, 4 May 2009

Sunday, 3 May 2009


Ok, I'll have one day off from type! I'm going to Bristol today for my Mum's birthday which should be fun. Checking out where I could well have ended up at Uni had Brighton not let me in! My Mum loves this photo, because of the kittens. She's got empty nest syndrome now all of us have left so I want to get her a kitten someday to make up for my absence.

Friday, 1 May 2009

more type

More gorgeous type poached from library books. This one is called Letter Press: The Allure of the Handmade by David Jury. I have it permanently on loan!