Digesting Design

Phil Baines & Catherine Dixon Lecture at LCC

Posted in Talks/Lectures by Paul on March 11, 2009


As part of the ‘Changing Face of Letterpress‘ schedule of events in the past week, I went to the ‘Letterpress Beginnings‘ lecture last night at LCC with speakers Phil Baines and Catherine Dixon. The two designers are the creme de la creme when it comes to typography and letterpress and both currently teach at Cental Saint Martins, where they both were educated as well.

The lecture comprised of how their early works and visual styles took shape through typography and specifically letterpress and how their styles and work have evolved over the years. Phil’s ‘Thesis‘ were an epic series of images with some of the best type setting I have seen, with an incredible amount of detail and care put into them. Catherine’s work seemed more experimental and I especially loved her ‘type documentation‘ pieces of work. It was great to listen to a pair of experienced designers on their journeys to get to where they are now. Of course some amazing work examples were on display throughout the lecture as well. I also got a few ideas on how to photograph my projects from their presentation as well.


St. Martins Work in Progress Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on February 28, 2009


On Thursday evening, I quickly popped to the St. Martins MA Communication Design work in progress show in the space underneath Shoreditch Town Hall. A great ‘run-down’ exhibition space comprising of various nooks and crannys for the work to be put on display in. There were some nice pieces on display, but some not so good ones as well. My favourite pieces were the CMYK variations posters at the back of the exhibition and there were also some nice intricate fineliner drawings in the front room.