I am NOT a graphic designer, but I have started to think about designing another typeface. One of my favourite type faces is the one used by Macmillan for their ads. The detail is so beautiful so I designed something that I wanted. The base is Helvetica (ordinary) and then it becomes broken up or imperfect by using brush strokes (extraordinary). I just cant help myself.
The second set for the book is almost ready. The wall has been painted a really neutral grey colour, with Dulux flat matt emulsion, and I added a piece of grey carpet also. Anything placed in front of this wall jumps to life because of it’s desaturated mattness. The photo above shows one of the new pieces which will be extraordinaryised, I tried to make the colours very mute here to contrast with the result (which you’ll have to wait for)
I was delighted when my agent Greene & Heaton asked me to make something to celebrate their 50th Anniversary. Their celebration took place last Tuesday 12th March at the Bush Theatre in West London. The space was a large grey and brick industrial space used for performances and I put together a 5 metre long bar made waterproof on the top surface by adding vinyl tape and then behind which was a big 50 graphic ‘birthday card’ I had really dedicated help from Chris Wellbelove who said that building the bar and making the decisions about the tape was the most creative thing he’d ever done. This made me very happy. We finished it just in time for him to get changed. One person from Greene and Heaton said that it was going to be the most trendy publishing party in a long while….but hey! I guess you’re only 50 once!
Here are the photos at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London last friday for the late night special on Furniture. I showed eight of the Balance chairs in total, four in each of the the circular ceramics rooms. I was excited to show this many in this location and although like the images show the background was quite busy, spatially the chairs worked well and people seemed to be captivated and it was good to see a lot of people trying to figure out what was going on. Some people thought it was very mathematical others thought that it must be something to do with the holes. Whilst my aim was never to confuse people, as always I like to try and get people to examine what they are really seeing.