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28 January 2016

Master Rock

There will be a book launch next month for Master Rock, the publication created to accompany an Artangel commission by the artist Maria Fusco. The artwork took the form of a series of performances held inside the Cruachan Power Station in Argyll and Bute, Scotland—a hydroelectric facility housed in a giant artificial cavern, carved into the granite of Ben Cruachan. We designed the book, working with Fusco, Artangel and co-publishers Book Works.

Fusco’s spoken-word performances explore the story of the creation of the power station, which was completed and commissioned in 1965. The tale encompasses Celtic folklore linked to the mountain itself, and the work of the ‘Tunnel Tigers’, the labourers who dug the cavern from the granite. The book launch will be held at the Anatomy Lecture Theatre at King’s College London on 5 February—we hope to see you there.

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Book Launch — 27 January 2016

The Happy Hypocrite – Fresh Hell

The eighth issue of The Happy Hypocrite is being celebrated tonight at a special launch event hosted by the journal’s publishers, Book Works.

Titled Fresh Hell, this issue is guest edited by the artist and writer Sophia Al Maria, and explores the subject of oil and the question of sustainability in the context of the internet and contemporary digital culture. We have designed every issue of The Happy Hypocrite, and it was fascinating to work with the diverse editorial contributions Sophia had gathered for Fresh Hell, and to explore her own archive.

The book launch is at Lewisham Arthouse and features a live streaming of a film from a-d-g-z.com that runs continuously twenty-four hours, followed by an introduction to the issue by Sophia Al-Maria and Happy Hypocrite founder Maria Fusco. There will also be a talk with Minka Minio-Paluello of Platform London about art, oil and power.

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20 December 2015

Camper – Spring/Summer ’16

The new campaign for Camper’s Spring/Summer ’16 range has just launched, featuring a bespoke typeface we designed for them.

We’ve been working with Camper for several seasons on the graphic design of their campaigns, creating a new typeface for them each time which we used in print adverts, bus and tram graphics and billboards, printed lookbooks and invites. This season’s typeface includes a range of alternate glyphs, which add rhythm to the campaign messages. Read more about the project here.

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11 September 2015

Refugee Crisis – A Call to Action

An open letter has been printed in today’s edition of the Guardian newspaper, calling on the UK Government to take urgent action and step up to offer meaningful support and refuge to those involved in the ongoing refugee crisis in Europe. We designed the letter, and support its message.

Anish Kapoor, one of the organisers of the open letter, told the Guardian: “I was motivated by a sense of outrage against our doctrinaire government, which had been so grossly unjust.”

“We have taken the view that it is better to have an influence on policy than send direct aid – we hope to apply pressure to change the government’s position. Although sadly I doubt we will, we believe public opinion is with us. We’re trying to voice empathy on behalf of this country, and critique a government that’s not representing its people. Hopefully we’ll make a dent.”

The letter is accompanied by an article, which is also available online here.

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4 September 2015

Douglas Coupland – Bit Rot

Douglas Coupland’s first solo show in Europe opens next week at Witte de With in Rotterdam. 

Accompanying the exhibition we designed the publication, Bit Rot – a collection of Coupland’s short stories and essays.

We designed a custom typographic cover for the book, referencing the title itself, which is a term used to describe the degeneration of digital software over time. The typography and layout reflect the default appearance of early computer bit fonts and displays; this theme of computing and data errors is continued throughout the book, as a continuous stream of text that is interrupted by paper stock changes and typeface glitches. We also worked with Coupland’s own imagery to create the invitations for the exhibition.

Bit Rot is open from 11 September 2015 until 3 January 2016.

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