Today I spent a lovely day at the St Bride Foundation. (Or St Bride's Library, I'm never sure which.)
I was speaking at the Revival Conference. But enough about me.
The conference was really good. And not because the coffee was good, or the venue was good, or the speakers were polished eloquent speakers - because it had talented people talking about one thing. Graphic design.
These pictures are from David Pearson's talk. I don't need to explain who he is, do I? He talked about lots of things, but one thing I liked a lot was this collection of covers he found in the Penguin archives which all feature circles in the design. There were hundreds of them.
That's Tom Harle, by the way. Far left, purple jumper. Back to the circles.
Another highlight was Yulia Brodskaya who spoke about her gorgeous typographic paper quilling. She even discussed the best way to light them which was good. Good graphic design chat.
There were lots of other good bits.
Kath and Julia from johnson banks were good and it was nice to see some more detail about their work.
I think that's Kath and Julia. It might be Julia and Kath.
And this chap, whose name escapes me, who read through Paul Stiff's paper, because Paul was ill. Anyway. Some great stuff about the earliest tariff documents and distance maps for taxi drivers. Fascinating and with some great maps.
This map is from 1850 something. It has circles at half mile intervals. That way it's easy to work out how far away a destination is. I thought it looked easy, I'm not sure the rest of the audience did.
And this. This is nice.