Peter Blake’s Alphabets

This is a New book published by Douglas wilson featuring the unpublished alphabets of Peter Blake. I am a great fan of Blake’s work and hurridly found the book on Amazon as soon as I saw it online. However, due to the £150 price tag I think this article on the Eye Magazine blog is the closest I’ll get to seeing the book!

I think it is a great shame when design books carry such a high price tag, especially since students and freelancers are probably a large proportion of their market. Fingers crossed the book comes to a library or second-hand book shop near me soon!

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A Pint in the Red Lion?

I’m not usually a fan of this Newspaper, but since they’ve made a stab at infographics I thought I’d give them a chance! The Mail on Sunday’s ‘Live’ magazine’s centrefold is a typographic representation of 1,000 popular pub names in England. The font size correlates to how common the name is and the colour catergorises them by the name’s origin.


‘Red Lion’ was the most popular name. There is a spreadsheet with quantities of the pubs on the Mail’s website here. I think the piece works well as a page in a Sunday magazine as it gets everyone scouring through the names looking for pubs they know or finding the most unnusual names. Some of my favourites are ‘Snooty Fox’, ‘Leather Bottle’ and ‘Plume of Feathers’! I think it is great to see traditional pubs being celebrated in infographic form.  My only criticism would be that it would have been nice to combine the visual and data so all the information would be read from one source.

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.