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Magic show, Pantomime or Freak show – one things for sure, we just love to be entertained. The newest exhibition at The British Library is a celebration of just that, showcasing amazing typographic posters and intriguing objects transporting you back in time. In the words of Robbie Williams; Let me entertain you! And this exhibition will via the stories of 5 entertainers; Evanion, Maskelyne, Lord George Sanger, Miss Annie De Montford and Dan Leno. I...

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Recent political events in the UK have been interesting to say the least. Regardless which side of the fence you sit on, what we have seen is people being passionate about their beliefs, and we’ve been reminded what can happen when people stand up for what they believe in. Rebellion, protest and fighting for the freedom of speech; all things associated with the Punk movement of the 70s. Coincidentally on Friday night I saw Punk...

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And the headline would read: Italy comes to London, AGAIN. Last night I was kindly invited to the launch of the latest Fedrigoni exhibition – Made in Italy: Bodoni. (Last year’s exhibition Made In Italy was a more general celebration of Italian Graphic Design) Celebrating (you guessed it) Bodoni the typeface, the guys at SEA design & Fedrigoni have collated a number of beautiful and very special pieces of design for display in the heart...

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It’s amazing how far word of mouth can travel – to the other side of the world in fact! Last year my friend (Hi Christie) brought me a present back from her travels to Australia; a white letter N. I noticed it was from a brand called Typo, and after a bit of a google I found out that it was a cool brand selling design lead gifts and stationery. I followed them on social media...

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What do you get when you put paper, German sausages, tankards of free beer & designers in one room? A mess, usually… but when GF Smith launched their new Gmund Applied paper range last week it was perfekt, as the Germans might say. I’ve been to these kinds of launches before – there’s usually a design display, free booze and circles of designers talking typefaces (oh, how stereotypical I know!) which is cool because you...

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Despite the gender split being quite even on creative courses at University level, the design industry is heavily dominated by males. If I asked you to draw me a sketch of a Graphic Designer, what would you draw? I’m 99.9% sure it would be a middle aged male with glasses. Am I right? I have a lot to say on the gender disparities within the design industry (I wrote my dissertation about Women in Design, y’know?),...

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After a trip to Hogwarts in the Snow last Christmas, I’ve wanted to see more and more of the Graphic Design from the Harry Potter Films. So when Jess told me about a new exhibition at the Coningsby Gallery, I was pretty excited: The Graphic Art of Harry Potter (ending 19th December 2015). Watch Vlogmas Day 3 for a video tour of the exhibition 🙂 From packaging and posters, to books and magazines – the gallery...

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With everyone focused on Christmas presents, I thought it was about time the stocking got some attention. I loved waking up and finding a stocking at the end of my bed when I was younger – a sign that Santa had been! Stocking fillers might be small, but that doesn’t make them any less important. And what better way to fill a stocking, then with some fun personalised things from Snapfish? So how did I...

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The other weekend I visited the London Transport Museum with Jack and Bobbins. I haven’t seen Bobbins for almost a year now (wow!), so it was really nice to catch up and geek out at the posters, typography and signs. (P.S. I am making a vlog, but it’s not quite ready yet so I’ll insert that here when it’s finished!) Considering I’ve lived in London for almost 2 years now, I’m surprised that I haven’t been...

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It feels so long ago now, but the other week I spent 2 days at Offset London ‘festival’. Offset usually takes place in Ireland, and after hearing that it would basically be on my doorstep in London I was determined to get my hands on a ticket. Having already decided that I was going to hand my notice in at this point, I knew I wasn’t going to be able to afford the £200 ticket price...

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What better way to start the weekend than by sharing some lovely print? A couple of weeks ago it was the launch of the Baddeley Brothers’ book at St Bride Library. Unfortunately I was ill so I couldn’t make it (and I was gutted because I would have been able to interview David Pearson!), however the Baddeley Brothers kindly sent me a copy of the book so I could still enjoy it from my sick...

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At the weekend Jess & I popped down to Brick Lane to see the Eric Gill x Monotype exhibition. A tribute to Gill’s typography, the exhibition explores the creation, development and refinement of his fonts. ‘Letters are things not pictures of things’ – Gill’s take on typography. You’ll know his most famous font, Gill Sans, but in this exhibition Monotype share 3 new editions; Gill Sans Nova, Joanna Sans Nova and Joanna Nova. Monotype describe these...

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A lot of people don’t realise it, but typography makes the world go round… where would we be without communication? Whether you know your bowls from your counters (hello all type nerds) or have no idea what a tittle is (it’s the dot on top of an i btw), you subconsciously engage with typography every day of your life. It’s on your milk in the morning, it helps you on your commute to work and...

© Natasha Nuttall | February 2020