‘Unofficial’ Royal Wedding Merchandise

With three weeks to go until the Royal Wedding I thought I’d take a look at some of the unofficial merchandise available. I think these are examples of sentiments more in line with the public than the somewhat outdated official merchandise.

Graphic artist Lydia Leith has created hand screen-printed sick bags for the day incase the romanticism and ‘pomp and circumstance’ becomes too sickly sweet.

These are quirky and fun and show a light-hearted and more cynical (maybe even more British) take on the occasion. The screen-printing allows the buyer to feel they have a piece of original art and it is great to see traditional techiniques being used for mass-production commercial use.

The KK Outlet has produced a range of plates representing the British public’s various takes on the wedding.

This is the main thing I’ve heard people around me saying about the day – great to see it immortalised here.

A valid point!

The great thing about these plates is that whilst they are portraying blunt, honest and slightly controversial views, they are still well-designed attractive items.

My views on the Royalty aside, I wish them luck as a couple. Happy Wedding Day for the 29th!

Alan Kitching

Alan Kitching is a Graphic Designer that specialises in Letterpress typography. His compositions are carefully considered and playful, and he brings the words to life. I have a real facsination for letterpress typography and I like that even though it is designed to produce limitless copies, each one is different, personal and unique. His work spans topics from tackling world issues, to advertising, to playful phrases.

Here is a link to his page at Debut art. I tried to find his personal website, but I don’t think he has one. If anyone can shed any light on this, please do!

Here are some examples of his work:

This is a beautiful piece which draws you in to reading the information. Very thought provoking.

The shape of the lettering in this poster gives an impression of the scale and grandeur of the venue.

These pages are as sweet as a kiss. Lovely effect of transfered ink – this is a good example of how an accident can be a great effect!

The overlaid symbols make mathematics the focus of this arrangement.

The man himself, surrounded by his work.

Nobrow

Nobrow is a small publishing house in East London who specialise in providing “an independent publishing platform for illustration and the graphic arts that would showcase some of the best talent out there today.” They “place a renewed focus on quality in print, using wherever possible the best materials we can get our hands on and always trying to play with format, color, size and design to ensure that our publications are well conceived and individual.”

I think it is wonderful that there are modern companies who are promoting and enhancing the world of printed media and are allowing designers, illustrators and artists to make their work come to life in the way they intended.

See Nobrow’s website here.

A spread from Nobrow 4 – Nobrow’s own magazine. The magazine is image based, with no articles. It is beautifully made and the illustrations areĀ  lovely, although I’d like there to be a bit more substance – either more pages or something to read/do?

A spread from ‘Pebble Island’ by Jon Mcnaught.
This is an example of Nobrow Press – beautiful, tactile illustrated books which run in editions of 3000 – 5000.

A spread from ‘Bela Lugosi’ by Paul Paetzel.
This is an example of Nobrow Small Press – hand screenprinted publications with limited runs of 100 or less.

Nobrow currently has an exhibition running called Four Hats, by Matt Cruickshank.
Go and check it out if you can!

Olly Moss

A graphic designer who creates beautiful screen printed movie posters and editorial images. I would love to be making complex prints like these. The designs are superb! Have a look at his website, Ollymoss.com.

An editorial piece for the New York Times.
It is simple, yet effectively communicates a debate and a clash of opinions between two nations.

Great placement of the gun/profile here, a very clever composition.

This is a great design and shows what can be done with multiple screens to make an impact!

Brilliant reworking of a classic image – Rubin’s vase/faces optical illusion: