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Signs of the times

Hand painted advertising sign

Hand painted advertising sign

Over on the Design Observer site there’s a lovely short article by Edward Ruscha on hand-painted signs. A nice little slide show goes with it. Here’s two brief quotes from the article to give you a taste…

Some sign painters had the facility to make any word grouping look good and make any letter of the alphabet look stylish.

The creators of hand-painted signs have engaged in an elegant and noble art form in all of its extremes, but in a world of computer plastics, where do we go? 

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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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Caught My Eye – Beautiful Linocuts

Oxo print

I noticed these linocuts by printmaker Paul Catherall over on the Design Week website. If you would like to see more go here.

Paul Catherall 2012 Linocuts runs from 23 July to 12 August 2012 at Paul McPherson Gallery, 77 Lassell Street, Greenwich, SE10 9PJ

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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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