Monday, 1 March 2010

Jobs from the Past - Number 6

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 twelve years ago.
Marmalade - A book for photographer, Robin Broadbent

This job was instigated by the then newly formed design company Browns in 1998. The original founders, Graham Taylor, Jonathan Ellery and Mike Turner set up after leaving Addison and although much of their business was corporate publishing for annual reports, they had a desire to publish some of their own, more creative and artistic, projects and this was amongst the very first of these projects. This is a tradition which continues today (

The subject is stark black and white compositions of shapes and substances photographed in England, Scotland, Malaysia and Italy by the contemporary photographer Robin Broadbent. There is no text, just a listing of locations.

It is a casebound book and the size is 215x155mm. The text is printed Tritone - Black and two greys, with one "tipped in" section which is a 4 colour surprise! It has a 68pp text printed on our Millennium Real Silk 150gsm which has been made to look super glossy with an extremely high gloss machine varnish (not a horrible UV varnish!) on the image areas. The end papers and cover paper is printed on Neptune Unique 120gsm. The publishing initiative was a project that all three partners worked on but the Creative Director on this project was Mike Turner.
and now for the four colour surprise ...marmalade!
The book is a "proper" book, published by Browns together with an International Standard Book Number (ISBN: 0953373002)

The printer on the project was The Pale Green Press and the job was handled by Managing Director, Ben Craze. Sadly (like many printers of the day) they went bankrupt but re-emerged (surprise!) as Special Blue but again went bankrupt again a few years later.

So where are they all now? Jonathan Ellery remains at Browns. Mike Turner left Browns and set up his own practice called Em-Project. Graham Taylor crossed the atlantic to establish a Browns studio in New York in 2003 and he is now Creative Director at The Protean Corporation in the US. The photographer Robin Broadbent has also moved stateside and now lives and works in New York.
Posted by Justin Hobson

1 comment:

  1. Justin - great archive, I love the where are they now part. Can you stream the music of Simon Bates "Our Tune" (from Nino Rota's theme to Franco Zeffirelli's 1968 film Romeo and Juliet - added value as usual to your blog!)?



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