Thursday, 3 January 2013

Jobs from the past - Number 39

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 and here's one from 2009.

The Breastfeeding Chair
This publication is a research book about the development of a breastfeeding chair suited to the needs of breastfeeding women and their infants. Written by Dr Lynn Jones the book documents the project, from it's beginnings as a PhD research project at the School of Design & Craft, Faculty of Creativity & Culture at Buckinghamshire New University, right up to prototype.

Research by Professor Sally Kendall, along with other professionals, led to the premise that there was something fundamentally wrong with the way that women sit when they breastfeed their babies. Lynn Jones carried out research right up to chair development by Upholstery Trading Ltd in High Wycombe.The chair was awarded Best Product of The Year in 2005 by the BCFA (British Contract Furniture Association) and Parenting Product of The Year in 2006. The design is now registered both in the EU and US and the ongoing development of the chair continues to inform her teaching practice. Dr. Jones has collaborated with industry partners including Ercol Furniture, John Lewis and Vitra.

The book is 234 x 156mm, portrait, 4pp cover and 88pp text, printed in just two colours, black and red on Redeem 100% Recycled, 100gsm. The paper, which is a natural white shade, works particularly well with the mainly typographic design (there are only a few images) - it isn't as harsh on the eye as it would be with a high white paper and suits the subject and design perfectly.
The cover is printed on the colour range from the other "Hull based" paper merchant! (in 270gsm Bright Red) which is hot foil blocked in gloss white foil.
The beautifully simple, clear typographic solution is by London based designer, Jo Murray. Print is by Team Impression.
Posted by Justin Hobson 03.01.2013

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