Sunday, 10 April 2011

Peter Chasseaud – Tom Paine Printing Press [Creative Letterpress Exhibition]

Yesterday I visited an exhibition of creative Letterpress typography with Heather Kendrick. It was an exhibition by the Tom Paine Printing press who are based in Lewis, West Sussex, UK. The exhibition took place at the ‘Here Gallery’ at 108 Stokes Croft, Bristol, UK.

When visiting this exhibition, it was great to se such an expressive use of letterpress work by designers who live very close to my home town in west sussex. The work showed strong evidence that these designers had a great talent to push the limitations of the letterpress. Some of the work was truely awe inspiring in its form. The prints showed how the letterpress process obviously generates and commands a different way of thinking compared with the approach of typography in computer generated design.

I was also fascinated by the veriety of print formats that were utilised. My favourite pieces were a couple of enormous books
that documented the historical form of londons railways. These enormous books were inspiring as they created a different
user experience than that of a conventional book format because did not require the user to ‘lean’ into the book as they would normally. This reading experience was complemented with the large style of typography used throughout the book, allowing the user to almost lean wack and relax, rather than hunch over the book. Almost a good advertisement for british rail—”Sit back and relax”!

Friday, 1 April 2011

Pm Studios and Kemistry Gallery Visits

Pervasive Media Studios
Today I went to Pervasive Media Studios in Bristol and attended a really interesting talk about information user interaction at historical tourist sights. It was great to get the chance to chat to some of the guys and girls there, and to see some of the incredible projects that were going on. It was amazing to see such an incredible array of projects, all going on within the same studio!

Kemistry Gallery
Yesterday I went to London and Visited a new typographic Exhibition called "Roger That!" at the Kemistry Gallery. This exhibition featured some very playfully pieces of typographic print work. the Exhibition combined plain serif typography with large illustrative pieces of print pypography to tell a series of interesting stories.

Wim Crouwell Talk

Yesterday I attended a talk by Wim Crouwell at Londons Design Museum. The talk was really inspiring to hear Wim Explaining his life's typographic work. I also got to ask him a couple of questions at the end, which was really good. Before the talk I met him in the Design Museum bar where he signed a book for me!