Currently Reading: Johnston & Gill by 3.1


I've just arrived home from the London Transport Museum's 'Friday Late' celebrating 20th Century Design, where I was invited to the book launch of Mark Ovenden's 'Johnston & Gill: Very British Types'. (I have never been to a book launch before, so I guess this was a bit of practice for the launch of the book that I will be featuring in next year..!)

The book was a welcome addition my bookcase. Johnston & Gill (Hardback, Lund Humphries, ISBN: 9781848221765) covers the development of both these typefaces. It ties in with the centenary of the Johnston typeface and also coincides with Transport for London's 'Transported by Design' campaign this year.

Mark lives locally, so has seen many of my photographs – hence the inscription!

I've had a bit of a cold recently, so being quite interested in both these typefaces has given me an excuse to stay at home for a few days last week where I was able to curl up with my copy of the book that arrived at the start of the week; a couple of my photographs feature in the book to accompany and illustrate Mark's very in-depth look at Johnston and Gill's impact in our society and its visual communication (this includes a photograph of some Granby metal type in my private collection of letterpress paraphernalia – Granby was a copy of Johnston).

If you've got a typography fan in your life, this book would make a great gift, and it's also a great reference for any keen British designer. You can buy the book from Lund Humphries, Waterstones and Amazon, as well as other good bookshops. £40.

This corner of my bookcase is going to collapse under the weight of all the design manuals...

This corner of my bookcase is going to collapse under the weight of all the design manuals...

Apollo 11 Flight Plan Re-Issue by 3.1

I'm a bit late to the party on this one, but I was randomly reminded of this after meeting Brian Blessed last week (long story). So if anyone out there is interested in another technical manual/space book, head over to Indiegogo for details on this re-print!

I'm not sure if I have any more room for another standards manual, seeing as I've just backed a Kickstarter campaign for the reproduction of the British Rail Corporate Identity manual, and more so since backing the re-issue of the 1975 NASA Graphics Standards Manual last year! The latter mentioned tome I thoroughly enjoyed from cover-to-cover when it arrived on my doorstep this year, but for those that missed out on the original Kickstarter campaign, you can now pre-order your copy of the 1975 NASA Graphics Standards Manual at