“All this type was selling off cheap, cheap-ish, and it was the last chance to get this stuff.”

Taken from: It’s Nice That


“I didn’t want to be a jobbing printer but I wanted to start out on my own. It was a very precarious thing to do because we were successful, well-established, and I was taking a backwards step, it was a bit of a leap in the dark.”

Taken from: It’s Nice That


“I was never interested in printing, the first thing I’d say when I came in to the studio in the morning was ‘I’m not interested in letterpress printing, I’m interested in what you can do with this stuff.’”

Taken from: It’s Nice That

New faces

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Administered by English Heritage, the plaques have been hand made by the same family for over 30 years and Huck’s beautifully made short film directed by Cat McShane tracks them down.

Designer of the Théâtre de Liège logo, Olivier Debie, has suggested the designer of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic logos plagiarised his design. Kenjiro Sano says there is “absolutely no truth” to the suggestions.

Design Week article…

Some of it is the same, does that make it so?

Zapf created typefaces including Optima, Palatino, Zapf Dingbats and Zapfino.

Ben Casey, Co-founder and Director of the design agency The Chase, talks about the company’s brand values.

He illustrates each of the agency’s five brand values through individual stories.

[Skip this first paragraph if you already know the basics of Helvetica. It’s just the facts and maybe a little dry.]

( p i c t u r e  l a n g u a g e )

 Yes that will be £100,000 for a squiggle,”

The completion of Art Nouveau architect Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família basilica in Barcelona is simulated in this movie released to show the final stages of construction anticipated before 2026, 100 years after the death of the architect (+ movie). More…

Carter Wong design hand drawn typeface for Howies

Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite

I want to listen to Iggy’s Playlist!

It’s a bit disappointing, BBC’s Playlister, I want to listen to Iggy Pop’s playlist but I have to click one track at a time, I want to add to a list then go to it, click play and off it goes through the list, track after track. But no, you have to play it through a third party instead. I have to create an account and export the tracks from the BBC to the new third party account and by the way, there are only 64 of the 78 tracks available! But they exist! I heard them on the radio! I added them to Playlister!

“BBC Playlister, get Playlisting”
get stuffed…

Mike Parker, Godfather Of Helvetica, Dies

A legendary type designer with more than 1,100 typefaces to his credit, Parker also helped popularize Helvetica. @FastCoDesign

Nice footage of “…an infamous 600km ‘Audax’, an idiosyncratic type of British long-distance event, that sends riders from Chepstow in southern Wales up to Menai in the north, across from Anglesey on the coast, and back.” –

Be organised

Keep things you use regularly such as keys and glasses in the same place. Use an organiser, daily planner or calendar to keep track of forthcoming events and appointments and check this every day.

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Sometimes comes across in interviews as a bit miserable or bored, on here he’s like a kid at Christmas. My cellar is a bit like this, but on a much smaller scale…

17th June 2013

Invited to Shrewsbury Art School to see the final show of the students I’d given a talk to a few month ago. The standard was great.

No fanfare, no enormous buildings, no ‘bigger than the globe’ graphics.

Typographic Design in the Digital Domain with Erik Spiekermann & Elliot Jay Stocks

1,871 slices of convicted murderer Joseph Paul Jernigan’s cadaver.

I found this the other day, the strange thing is that we (I) suggested the same to a client which would have been at the same trade fair as this, but they didn’t go with it. Shame…

See the real job