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?

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.

James Alexander
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


Time and Tune

Time and Tune is a BBC Schools Radio music series offering children opportunities to listen to music and sing along, with creative suggestions and games to develop music appreciation and skills. Some of the accompanying booklets came up on ebay not long ago – and what great pieces they are. These are by Derrick Harris, Dorothea Braby, David Gentleman, Carol Barker and Heather Standring.

HCP signs

Ministry of works signage?

We took these at Hampton Court Palace while we were researching for a project. They're showing their age with some botched repairs and replacements. We assume that they were made by the Ministry of Works who would have had responsibility for Hampton Court before Historic Royal Palaces was created. We also found an example in this style hidden away at Windsor Castle. Time they were taken in hand...

James Alexander
Agents of the Buddha

Fugen and Monju

We’ve just designed the graphics for this new display in Room 3 of the British Museum called Agents of The Buddha: Fugen and Monju. These 17th-century Japanese sculptures are ‘Bodhisattvas’ or enlightened beings who postpone their release from the cycle of rebirth to help others. End January 2011.

and in the darkness find them…

and in the darkness find them…

In 1981 BBC Radio 4 produced a dramatisation of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. These illustrations were used in the Radio Times. They're amazing considering that they only appeared 10mm high. They're not credited but the artist Eric Fraser (1902–1983) initialled one so we know who to thank. He also illustrated the Folio Society edition of The Lord of the Rings in 1977. Why we didn't cut out all 26 from the RT I can't say but we knew what we liked even then.