Monthly Archives: June 2012

Funding Sport and the Arts for 21 Years

FSA History Book Cover

I don’t usually use this blog to talk about the work our studio produces, but for this project I’m making an exception.

Gina (my partner) and I began working on this case-bound book back in September 2011 when we were asked by the Foundation for Sport and the Arts to design and produce a book celebrating their 21 year history.

FSA History Book Reflections page by Sir Tim Rice

Reflections section written by Sir Tim Rice

With privileged access to the FSA’s archive we drafted the story of the Foundation and it’s amazing work with Sports and Arts organizations and people up and down the country over the last two decades and more.

FSA History Book Timeline spead

The Timeline spread

The text pages were printed on Hello Silk, with Colorplan endpapers in Dark Grey and a dust jacket in Colorplan pale grey with a buckram finish. Silver foil blocking was added to both the dust jacket and the red leather cover itself.

FSA History Book cover foil blocking

Silver foil blocking on the Colorplan Pale Grey Buckram finished dust jacket

FSA History Book spread

A double page spread featuring Wilton’s Music Hall with pictures by Barry Hale

FSA Case bound book cover

The case-bound book cover with foil blocking

FSA History Book endpapers

Endpapers in Colorplan Dark Grey with the dust jacket and foil blocking

This project became something of a ‘Labour of Love’ for us. The limited edition book has been very well received and hopefully will be on the owners bookshelves and maybe coffee tables for many years to come.

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Caught my eye: Typographic Wimbledon

Red Bee Advert for Wimbledon 2012

I must admit this caught my eye, especially after seeing the ITV’s dreadful Euro 2012 titles. (Sorry, just don’t like them).

The ad is by Red Bee and if you want to see the whole thing click below.

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Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury 1975

Ray Bradbury 1975

It was with genuine sadness that I heard of the death of Ray Bradbury on 5 June. I have always enjoyed Science Fiction, particularly the short story form of the genre. As a teenager I loved the work of Asimov, Heinlein, Clarke and Silverberg, but it was Bradbury’s stories that were the most magical to my young mind.

Later while attending college I attempted to illustrate (without much success) ‘The Martian Chronicles’. I even remember approaching one of my tutors, the late George Jardine to ask for help. He naturally pointed me in the direction of the surrealists. But Ray Bradbury’s work wasn’t simply surreal. He created his own worlds, often seen from a child’s perspective in the small town America setting of the twenties and thirties.

To quote Margaret Atwood in a lovely piece on Bradbury for the Guardian Review, “Stories read with such enthusiasm at such a young age are not so much read as inhaled. They sink all the way in and all the way down, and they stay with you”.

The first Bradbury books I can remember reading were ‘Golden Apples of the Sun’ and ‘Dandelion Wine’. Wonderful collections of perfect short stories. When ever I read a Bradbury tale it always felt as though I had seen seen something from the corner of my eye, but when I looked it had vanished. That odd feeling of something perceived but not seen. There but not there.

First edition of Golden Apples of the Sun

First edition of Golden Apples of the Sun

Golden Apples of the Sun. My 1970 edition.

Golden Apples of the Sun. My 1970 edition.

I no longer think of Bradbury’s work as Science Fiction, it defies being slotted conveniently into a box. As did the man.

This is from
Throughout his life, Bradbury liked to recount the story of meeting a carnival magician, Mr. Electrico, in 1932. At the end of his performance Electrico reached out to the twelve-year-old Bradbury, touched the boy with his sword, and commanded, Live forever! Bradbury later said, I decided that was the greatest idea I had ever heard. I started writing every day. I never stopped.

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Postponed event posters

Just about sums up the weather right now. “White Heat’ – I don’t think so. Made me smile though.

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