Monday, 10:30am
5 August 2013

Noted #54

Works That Work #2, Printed Pages #2, Desktop publishing, Presstival and some words for the London Design Festival

Here are a few publications and announcements that have grabbed our attention over the past week or so.

Cover of Works That Work. Top: Alan Kitching print submitted to Sarah Hyndman’s Type Tasting project for the London Design Festival.


Spread from Peter Biľak’s Works That Work. The photograph (right) is of the Maersk Dieppe approaching Hong Kong’s Kwai Tsing Container Terminal. Photo: Lam Yik Fei / Bloomberg.


Issue two of Peter Biľak’s Works That Work magazine continues its aim to publish stories of ‘unexpected creativity’ that might inspire interesting discussions over dinner. The issue’s cover acts as one-half of a poster featuring Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman’s inflatable rubber duck floating along the Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong. A photo-essay of footballs (similar to the ‘Bastard chairs’ in WTW issue one) features deflated balls repaired with available materials including rice bags, hosiery and grocery bags. The issue also includes a look at the Boeing 747 airplane, shipping containers, and the use of the Foroba Yelen portable lamp in rural Mali.

Cover of Printed Pages (summer 2013) featuring an illustration by Micah Lidberg.


The Summer 2013 issue of Printed Pages, a quarterly magazine produced by It’s Nice That, has also arrived in Eye’s London office. The issue features Geoff McFetridge, Nadav Kander and Patternity as well as interviews with designers Matt Willey, Brian McMullen and Mirko Borsche about their influences.

Spread from It’s Nice That’s Printed Pages magazine, Summer 2013.


A photograph by David Ryle from Desktop Publishing by Peter Chadwick and Jonny Holmes.


Desktop Publishing by Peter Chadwick and Jonny Holmes is the first in a series called ‘A Popular Project’ that focuses on studio-generated projects and collaborations. Chadwick and Holmes’s interpretation took the subtitle A Desktop That Publishes and filled the (Newspaper Club) pages with photographs of the hand-printing process with Graham Bignell of New North Press.

Submissions for Type Tasting in response to the brief: London = ________ by Sarah Hyndman (top) and Ralph Steadman.

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Sarah Hyndman (With Relish) will be holding a ‘Type Tasting’ exhibition (V&A, 14-22 September 2013) and a series of workshops (14-15 September 2013) during the London Design Festival. In the run-up to the event, she is inviting hand-made submissions for words in response to the prompt: London = _____. You can choose your own word or make a selection from Hyndman’s list/guidelines page.

The 2013 Presstival poster using Gill Sans and Caslon type with a 1152-point ‘st’ ligature.


Presstival presented by the Whittington Press, Saturday 7 September 2013, will feature Dennis Gould, Nomad Letterpress, The Fine Book Bindery and many others. The event falls during the Whittington Summer Show, east of Cheltenham. See ‘Machine and man’ in Eye 84, a photo-essay featuring Neil Winter of the Whittington Press casting and setting galleys of 12-point Caslon. See last year’s preview.

Joe Sacco: frame from Footnotes in Gaza, 2009.


Stripped: Comics and Graphic Novels Laid Bare runs alongside The Edinburgh International Book Fair and features numerous talks and workshops with Chris Ware, Paul Gravett, Joe Sacco and many others.

(Read ‘Smartest letterer on the planet’ in Eye 45, David Thompson’s review ‘Comic novels for starters’ in Eye 58, Roger Sabin’s interview with Joe Sacco on the Eye blog.)

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