Tuesday, 1 June 2010

Jobs from the Past - Number 9

Regular followers will know that my first post of every month is a "job from the past" so that I can show some of the really good work from years gone by and here's one from nine years ago.

Design Council Annual Review 2001 - Inspire

This was one of the Annual Reviews produced by Johnson Banks for the Design Council which they did for a number of years around the turn of the millennium.

The job is made up using two sizes of text 175x297mm & 210x210mm for the "divider leaves" and it features a "split wiro" on the binding - this is interesting as most people don't realise that you can use different lengths and multiple pieces of wire rather than the conventional continuous piece that is used in most literature.
There are some cracking visual puns and great art direction. Photography is by Philip Gatward and printing is by Gavin Martin Associates.

The job was printed on Neptune Unique using 350gsm for the covers and 200gsm for the text and dividers. As I recall the mono images were printed as halftones and I've just checked under a linen tester and they are! so it is a stunning result - very, very crisp and clean reproduction.

Creative Director was Michael Johnson and the designer was Sarah Dezille (Fullerton as she was then!)

This is a lovely piece of work, thought provoking and really well finished. The literature that Johnson Banks did for the Design Council during this period was of the very highest quality both in terms of creativity and production values. I hope the Design Council are producing literature of the same consistently high quality today.

Posted by Justin Hobson 01.06.2010

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