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Good friend and graphic designer Richard Ardagh, is also somewhat of a Letterpress master. If you are around London, then there is a good chance you may well have seen some his glorious Letterpress interpretations of classic English nursery rhymes such as ‘Oranges & Lemons‘. Well, Richie created these at the New North Press. One of the few remaining working Letterpress’ in the country. Together with founder Graham Bignell, they are curating an exhibition of the finest Letterpress practitioners from around the world. The video above is a charming introduction to both men, and an intimate peek into the craft and desire to create with a Letterpress. The exhibition should be a winner for all fans of graphics, type and craft.

10th–24th Dec 2010 and 4th–22nd Jan 2011
Standpoint Gallery
45 Coronet Street
London N1 6HD
Open daily 10AM–6PM

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Another superb Kickstarter project. This will be the third one I have backed so far, and judging by the amount of donations so far ($11,000+ at the time of writing) and the days left to back it (42 days) this has all the makings of a Kickstarter smash hit. Moveable Type: Cross Country Adventures in Printing.

The idea is relatively simple. Take a Moveable Type press across the country in the back of a converted postal van, stopping off at fairs, schools, festivals, art shows, and pretty much anywhere else that is interested in having a go and printing and making stuff. A project conceived for no other purpose than to share and spread a passion for an art that is both centuries old, but also relatively confined to the pursuit of the few (due mainly to the cost, expertise needed and size of the presses themselves), it really captured my attention.  This is a classic Kickstarter project, and shows why this platform is one of the best web innovations this year. It removes barriers to participation. Even if that participation is just of a financial variety. There is rewrd in helping someone build participation in their craft. I dare you not to be charmed by Kyle Durrie intro video. If you are interested, you can follow the story of Power And Light Press here or, like on facebook here. Or, get involved with the project itself…

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Here’s an interesting project from NYC. Cardon Copy take the handmade street ads of the city, and re-imagine them as gorgeous piece of graphic communication. It’s amusing, clever, and looks like all involved are/have been having a great time creating their re-interpretations. A personal fave below. You can also see the entire project here.


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We all love a collaboration/mash-up now and again, well, this one’s just lovely. A collaboration between ESPN (The Magazine), Marvel Comics and the NBA for their 2010/2011 NBA season preview is a fabulous idea, and beautifully executed. Beyond the novelty of the idea, what’s especially nice about this is the way that each cover brings to life the subplot of each NBA team (The Cavaliers cover being of particular poignancy) It shows that great sports (like Basketball and the NBA in particular) are heady mixtures of soap opera and superhuman athletic achievements. Therefore, what better medium to express that with than comicbooks? Check out a few of my faves after the jump. The full (hi-res) collection is here.

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Like your furniture customisable? Well, you’ll really like this then from Chairman Ting for Tangible Interactions. The cubes come in two types, plain, or the special edition ones above. It is a simple idea, but, with a little bit of imagination, could be a great bit of fun and super cool. Check out the video of Chairman Ting in action below…

Available here.

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If you have used Google over the last couple of days, (so that’s all of you then) you may have noticed that Google has taken it’s logo experimentation to another level of evolution. First up was Monday’s joyful little play around with the dots reacting and expanding to your mouse/hand/pad gestures. Much buzz ensued about the meaning behind such a cute example of coding, was it another trailer for HTML5, or something else? Well, The Huffington Post (of all places) revealed it was for the launch of CSS3. Mystery solved then.

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Remember him? That hope and change guy that had everyone in a tizz a couple of years ago? Yep, thought so.

While the Obama Whitehouse might be struggling to find it’s political feet before the onslaught of the Congressional Mid-Terms, Scott Thomas, the designer behind the Obama ’08 Campaign brand has very generously distributed the book online for free. (Or you can buy it iPad here) Designing Obama is a fascinating creative journey, that shows the simple power of a compelling brand identity. It’s ability to act as both a rallying cry/unifying thought, but also it’s felxibility. The book moves smoothly from the ‘nuts and bolts’ of the brand, how Scott and his team evolved to the Obama mark, and onto how the man (and his brand) gave artists a platform to express all the hope and optimism of that campaign. The breadth of artisitic goodness on display is inspiring in the extreme. Obama 08′ brand will go down in design history, the book is an inspiring insight into that process. Let’s just hope that the 44th President keeps doing the brave and bold things he needs to to reflect the hope and change that his brand predicated.

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