Birds on Business
 

Birds on Business

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Immediately we saw Ahment Yasar's photograph of birds of prey we were reminded of the cover we designed for Alick Moore's book Birds on Business in 2014. Alick's book is an account of his birdwatching adventures when his work with Dupont took him travelling around the world. Never a dull moment unlike the book he co-wrote with Richard Howard A Checklist to Birds of the World or what Alick always called the W.D.B (the World’s Dullest Book).

 
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The Origin of (almost) Everything
 

The Origin of (almost) Everything

Where did we come from? How did it all begin? These are the biggest questions in the universe, and New Scientist has the answers. We worked with the award-winning US illustrator Jennifer Daniel and NS author Graham Lawton to produce this colourful and informative science book. Just in time for a launch at New Scientist Live at the Excel Centre in London's docklands.

 
Living Arts
 

Living Arts

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Do grab these if you come across them in your travels. The three issues of Living Arts were edited by Theo Crosby and John Bodley. Designed by Gordon House and published by The Institute of Contemporary Arts in association with Bolton-based printers Tillotsons in 1963. If you have a spare copy and would like to see it go to a good home then email us...

 
Yanatas, Waulkenphast, Kalydor
 

Yanatas, Waulkenphast, Kalydor

Yanatas, Waulkenphast, Kalydor was the title of a talk given by author Jonathan Keates yesterday. The gilded glory of the Savile Club heard Jonathan give a fascinating talk on the ephemera of advertising in Victorian guidebooks. Examples taken from his own collection of guides showed us that, whatever we do, the Victorians were usually there first. Incidently Yanatas is ‘The Remedy with the acrostic name’: ‘You Are Now Able To Avoid Sea-sickness’.

 
Josef Frank
 

Josef comes to Bermondsey

We’re designing the graphics for the first UK exhibition of Josef Franks’ textiles. Austrian-born Frank moved to Sweden in 1933. It runs at the Fashion and Textile Museum from 28 January 2017 – 7 May 2017. ftmlondon.org Image: Josef Frank, Gröna Fåglar i trad, 1943–45 © Svenskt Tenn

 
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Those magnificent men
 

Those magnificent men

We’ve just started designing some education resources for Kenley airfield in Croydon. It was used by the RFC in WWI but is better known as a WWII Battle of Britain airfield. My grandfather Billy was in the RFC and I wanted to check if he’d been to Kenley but no – that would have been too good to have been true. Here’s his kite circa 1918.

 
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Happy birthday Type Circle

The Typographic Circle was formed in 1976 to bring together anyone with an interest in type and typography. We designed posters, tickets and all sorts for them when we were helping to run it. And you can see many of them in the 40th birthday exhibition and accompanying book. Photo © Robert Mannix.

 
 

Schelter & Giesecke: Münstergotisch

We tried to persuade our client to use this lovely type that we found during our research stage … shame they weren’t interested. Any takers?

 
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Yes we have some Adana's
 

Yes we have some Adana's

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We took a day out from the studio to take a course in letterpress printing at St Brides today. Excellent teaching from Bob Richardson. Now to polish up our own Adana press... photo by Harry Mottram/Print Monthly.

 
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And finally
 

A bit of a mouthful

A bit of a mouthful... for some reason it reminds us of Gyoergyi Szabo: "In Budapest, surgeons operated on printer’s apprentice Gyoergyi Szabo, 17, who, brooding over the loss of a sweetheart, had set her name in type and swallowed the type.

Time magazine, 28 December 1936