Monday, 3 October 2011

Jobs from the past - Number 24

Regular followers of this blog 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...

Type Museum for Typecon New York - 2005

The Society of Typographic Aficionados (SOTA) holds regular conferences and in 2005 it was held in New York. The TypeMuseum, based in London produced this lovely piece of literature as a "leave behind" to promote the Museum and to make people aware of it's existence.

The piece is an A2 flat size (420x597mm) which folds down to A5 (210x148mm) finished size. The type has been printed in reverse our Offenbach Bible 40gsm, so you read it (the correct way round) - through the paper.
Folded to A5:
The piece is hot foil blocked in a copper foil which is stamped as a positive (the correct way round!) on the front cover:

...a New York skyline in type:
and this is reading it the correct way round (photographed against the light):
Design is by Tom Green and Kieran O'Connor. They both became involved with the project because they had been at the Museum lending a hand in practical ways, such as painting walls. This piece was very much a labour of love to help the preserve the Museum. As Tom said to me recently about this project, because of the budget, it had to be dead simple and cheap and because of the event, it "had to be covetable for type geeks" ...and it certainly is.

The job was printed by Reg Davis at Pica Press based in Tonbridge in Kent but he has since retired and the company no longer exists.

Tom Green is now a senior designer at Burgess Studio and Kieran O'Connor combines lecturing at Kingston University with his role at BOB Design.

Rather sadly the Type Museum appears to be effectively closed for business at present, although the website is still up:
Posted by Justin Hobson 03.10.2011

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