Monthly Archives: September 2012

Yes, You Can Have Your Pie and Eat It Too

Rasberry Pi

Rasberry Pi

Here’s the inside perspective from Raspberry Pi – it’s the first time engineer Pete Lomas shares details with Wired of how they did it, and what tradeoffs had to be made.

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Jelly and Scouse in Leaf

UK Jelly Logo

I attended my second Jelly gathering yesterday. It was held in Leaf on Bold Street, Liverpool. I met a number of very talented people (Matt, Emily, Dan) and enjoyed a few hours out of our studio working, chatting and generally having a very pleasant time. Jelly is an interesting concept. This is from the UK Jelly site: Our aim – to bring home workers, freelancers, small business owners and entrepreneurs together in a relaxed, informal, working environment to maximise creativity and minimise the isolation that being your own boss can bring!

We discussed matters ranging from work placements in the design industry, the new iPhone, Android OS, Drupal, iPads vs MacBook air and all while working on our own laptops using the free Wi-Fi and receiving a free lunch – what’s not to like! For me it was a breath of fresh air and really good to hear the opinions of others in the creative industries.

All this brings me to Emily. A young design graduate who showed me her on-line portfolio. One piece impressed me more than any other.

Beat lettering

This is from Emily’s site.

BEAST (celebration of scouse slang + typography)

This project stemmed from a personal interest in local dialects. I wanted to explore scouse slang via the visual language of locally sourced typography.

I took photographs around Liverpool to source typography and drew up an extensive list of scouse slang with the help of some scouse friends. I wanted to contrast the informal nature of this language with the formality of dictionary-style definitions and synonymns.

I produced some large posters featuring some of my favourite scouse sayings using treated found type and an accompanying book. The book includes all the scouse colloquialisms I collated in a dictionary style, letter features and a section at the back which reveals the origins of the type featured. It is packaged in a screenprinted bag along with postcard versions of the posters.

Beast bound as a book

To see the rest of Beast use the link above.

Thank you Emily for showing me your work and thanks go to the Jelly organisers and the staff at Leaf who made us all so welcome. I’m looking forward to the next one.

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52 Shades of Greed

Two examples of the 52 Shades of Greed card deck

Two examples of the 52 Shades of Greed card deck

To see the full deck go here.

Once on the site, roll your curser over the card to get the information.
Maybe a gifted illustrator will come up with a set for the UK…

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Beautiful woodblock & letterpress printing

While visiting Castle Bled in Slovenia I had the good fortune to visit the castle  print works.

I waiting until things went a little quiet then approached the master printer to ask a few questions about the press. He told me in faultless English that it was a reconstructed Gutenberg machine. They make hand-made paper too.

The Master Printer at work

The Master Printer at work

I bought a block print of the castle and a bookmark that had just been printed that morning.

Block Print of Castle Bled (1697)

Block Print of Castle Bled (1679)

Block print detail showing the hand made paper

Block print detail showing the hand made paper

Beautiful bookmark

Beautiful bookmark

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Back after a break…

I’ve not long returned from a holiday in Lake Bled, Slovenia. More than a holiday really as I was there to attend my son’s wedding and act as back up photographer. What can I say except that it all went perfectly, thank you Primavera Bled and Inghams.

And so back to cold, wet England with a bump!

I avoided TV, radio, the internet, computers and newspapers for the entire trip. I can really recommend that if you want a true break. They say ignorance is bliss – well yes, for a while it is. So just for a time, no Olympics, no debt crisis, no foreign wars, no politicians feigning truth and no one telling me just how bad it all is or is going to be. Yes, it made quite a change… but all good things…

I was sad to read, on my return, about the death of one of my heroes, Neil Armstrong who died on August 25th. Excellent obit by Reginald Turnhill.

Neil Armstrong

Neil Armstrong

But as this blog is supposed to be somewhat design related I do have a few signs I saw in Slovenia that I noticed here and there. One or two made me smile, particularly relating to snails and pod slaps.

Vintgar sign

Must not sign
No swimming

No snails

Pod slap

Pod slap

What can I say except I want to go back…

Lake Bled Slovenia

Lake Bled Slovenia

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