Typographic time capsule
Here is a sneak-peek of a typographic print I’ve been working on. It’s a snapshot of Exmouth Market, a vibrant commercial street, full of independent shops, restaurants and cafés, close to me in Central London. The aim is to capture its colourful history and present day character for posterity.
Historical research was conducted over a couple of months, to uncover the location’s 400-year-old story that includes; vineyards, duck hunting, a Victorian tea garden and an atrocious graveyard now buried under the adjacent park. The print also lists over 40 of the street’s venues, in an ‘establishments of note’ section, that includes the weekly market stalls that set-up along the street.
To evoke the feel of the market, each of the illuminated capitals, spelling ‘Exmouth’, has been inspired by the rich assortment of lettering found on the street, or its story. The typography has been arranged to create a formal structure that includes the use of ornaments, pilcrows and other interesting characters.
A limited edition is being letterpressed next week in silver, turquoise and black on 300gsm Crane’s Lettra paper. I’m looking forward to seeing how it turns out.
The extra dimension
You could be forgiven for thinking this gorgeous, tactile alphabet was computer generated but in fact these letters have been carefully crafted from mountboard and hand painted to produce this wonderful finish.
Tim Fishlock's original large-scale print Shapeset Alphabet [bottom image], was designed by overlapping colours to form the letterforms. These shapes were then embossed over the final print. Now, after some gentle pressure from a mutual friend, Tim has been persuaded to create this 3D version. The plan is to frame them and maybe offer a very small edition for sale. Yes please!
My first blog post from March 2011. I love this monogram.
Art and Architecture Manifesto. Inside cover. Designed by Pentagram and first published in 1989.
A beautiful booklet, each page containing a large letter ‘A’ from different and obscure typefaces.
The society put the subject of collaboration on building sites between artists and architects on the political and economic agenda.
You might be familiar with Moshik Nadav’s experimental typographic work or seen his ‘Paris’ display typeface. I’ve posted some of his work before and it is certainly no stranger to Behance’s Typography Served gallery. However I missed this design until spotting it in Jan Middendorp’s excellent book ‘Shaping Text’.
The son of a graphic design and calligraphy artist, Moshik, an Israeli designer was just 10 when he first got a mac (an IISi) with Photoshop & Freehand installed.
This, a student piece, for a fictional Tel Aviv based typography magazine, features these constructivist-style black and red bars set against an off-white paper, creating a great effect. The white space combined with the dynamic photographic elements make for a fantastic layout.
“Tel Aviv is a non stop city that have attractions around the clock. I used that fact and I created a magazine that gives the reader the best attractions that happen in the city. The reader can find his attraction by the hour of the day and by that, he can see what day the attractions is occurs. The Magazine was printed on a News Paper in broadsheet size (spreads: 81×57 cm).” Moshik Nadav on Tumblr.
Cassette Tape Posters
Beautifully observed and synthesised.
UK-based illustrator and graphic artist Neil Stevens has recently created a new series of posters that are based on the minimalist designs of cassette inlay labels.
8 Designers x 8 Typefaces in 88 pages.
8 Faces – Out Wednesday.
I’ve seen the final version and it’s looking very fine.
Alphabets by Tim Fishlock
Shapeset alphabet. Overlapping colour compositions. Giclee print on 305g stock. Hand-embossed, numbered and signed. A limited edition.
Typeseat alphabet: Screen print. A limited edition of 300. (I beleive the text at the bottom names all of the chairs used).
A to Z : A print commissioned by the London Transport Museum for their ‘Mind the Map’ exhibition. Based on the iconic London Underground map.
More beautiful lettering work by graffiti writer and artist, Roid.
3D artwork print from 8 Faces
Tomorrow sees the release of our 7th and penultimate artwork print, by Simon Walker.
Above (top) is a teaser of Simon’s unique artwork, with a sneak peek of his work in progress below. The type is made out of mouldable clay, Simon took us through his process for the forthcoming edition of 8 Faces magazine, here are some extracts:
“I’d been toying with the idea of making physical, three-dimensional type for a long time, but had never found the time — or more specifically the right project — to push it forward. I knew I wanted to make big, heavy letters out of something like clay, thinking the result would mimic the kind of roughened, hand-rendered lettering I produce on the computer, even though I’d never actually worked with clay before.
Plastalina is pretty hard straight out of the wrapper, and has to be vigorously massaged between your fingers in order to get it to play nice. Then there were all the unavoidable grease-stains from the clay that kept getting smudged onto my nice clean backboard. I’d rested in the idea that I’d photoshop out any particularly conspicuous stains, as well as my penciled guidelines, but found in the end that a lot of the stray marks actually reinforced the handmade aspect of the piece, so I left most of them in.”
And we’re very pleased he did, the work looks fantastic. We have less than 50 on offer, so be quick! Visit 8faces.com this Wednesday (17th April) at 4pm BST.
The full interview with Simon Walker will appear in 8 Faces magazine #6, due out soon.
I spent an enjoyable day yesterday re-learning how to screen print at London’s ‘Print Club’.
As a test print I decided to use some of my sketchbook letters and experiment with a few types of paper, including this lovely gold and silver.
The one-day course was very good, running through everything; preparing your artwork, making your positives, coating your screen, printing your work and finally removing your stencil. Well recommended!
8 Faces #6 is coming…
If you could only use eight typefaces for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
8 Faces Magazine poses this question (and many others) to eight leading designers from the fields of web design, print design, illustration, and of course type design itself.
If you’ve been waiting patiently for the next issue, you’ll be excited to know it goes to print next week and will be ready by the end of April.
Eighty-eight pages of in-depth interviews, critical essays, and inspiration from the very best in the business.
Printed on heavy stock with a foil-blocked cover, each issue is a true collector’s item and 8 Faces will be more at home on your bookshelf than in your magazine rack. Who said print is dead?
Chance favors only the prepared mind
This latest 8 Faces artwork print is by Berlin based, Laura Serra, and showcases her unique style of pencil lettering and ink splatter. Laura chose this adage for her poster by Louis Pasteur the French microbiologist and chemist who originally conceived the idea of battling germs to defeat disease.
If your mind is prepared you may be able to grab one of these limited edition A3 (297mm x 420mm) prints as they go on sale shortly, at 4pm GMT today. There are less than 50 left.