Archive for the ‘Artists’ Books’ Category

Vote Herring in the Chortle Awards

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Richard Herring: emergency questionsWe’re delighted that Richard Herring has been nominated for a Chortle award for a book we designed for him (and Go Faster Stripe) last year.

The book was ‘Emergency Questions’ (available from GFS), containing 128 pages and over 500 emergency questions.

Please cast your vote here:

…the rest is smoke – Helen Sear at Venice

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Helen Sear: Company of TreesBack in January we were delighted to be asked by Ffotogallery to work with artist Helen Sear to develop a publication, and lots of other things besides, for her exhibition …the rest is smoke for Cymru yn fenis/Wales in Venice, Wales’ contribution to the 56th Venice Biennale. Although we can’t post any of the design work as yet as it’s all top secret at the moment.

So far we’ve contributed:

  • – the publication to accompany the exhibition
  • – vinyl banner and totem design to hang outside the exhibition venue and direct people to it
  • – exhibition invites (print and email)
  • – text and information panels for the exhibition itself
  • – press, magazine and online adverts

Hopefully the tote bags will also be winging their way to Venice very soon too, which we’re inexplicably excited about (probably because we’ve never done one before).

The exhibition opens on 9 May and runs to 22 November.

Public Relations – book launch

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

Public Relations - coverWe’re launching a new, limited edition publication by photographers Martin Parr, Paul Shambroom, Sarah Pickering and Dan Holdsworth tomorrow (17th Oct 2012) at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, as part of the museum’s Joan Fontcuberta: Photography in Crisis event.

The publication is large format – 290 x 390mm and comes in seven parts – 4 large scale ( 980mm wide) posters by Paul Shambroom and Dan Holdsworth and two loose leaf magazines by Sarah Pickering and Martin Parr. It’s packaged in custom printed bright yellow polyurethane. The images are accompanied by an essay by curators Russell Roberts and Emma M Price. The publication was supported by University of Wales, Newport, St David’s, Safle and the European Centre for Photographic Research. Printing by Gomer Press in Llandysul.

If you can’t make the launch but are interested in buying a copy of the publication, drop us a line and we’ll find out where they’re going on sale. The limited edition is 800.

The event is free but you need to book. More pictures on our Facebook page.
Close up of spread by Sarah Pickering

Close up of spread by Martin Parr

The Silent Village – Book Launch

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

sample spreads from Ffotogallery publication, The Silent VillageOver the past couple of months we’ve been working closely with Russell Roberts (Reader in Photography at the European Centre for Photographic Research at Newport), Ffotogallery, Gomer and artist Peter Finnemore on a new, three part, box set, limited edition, blind debossed, bilingual publication. The publication accompanies an exhibition which investigates british documentary luminary Humphrey Jennings‘ wartime film, The Silent Village, a moving and surreal recreation of the Nazi Lidice atrocity transposed to (and performed by) a South Wales mining community (Cwmgiedd near Ystradgynlais).

The publication includes new work by Peter Finnemore and Paolo Ventura, a short story by Rachel Trezise and essays by Russell and the late film historian David Berry.

The book launch is tonight (10th Feb) at Turner House, Penarth. More on the ffotogallery website.

UPDATE: the publication is now available on – order The Silent Village on amazon.

Book Arts Fayre 2009

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Ffotogallery Book Arts Fayre 2009A quick note that Ffotogallery are to hold their second Book Arts Fayre this Saturday, March 28th at Turner House Gallery, Plymouth Road, Penarth CF64 3DM, from 11am to I don’t know whenish. We’re sharing a stall with Gallery 39 in Cardiff, so if you’re in the area and like to browse an artist’s book or two, pop in for a chat.

There’s also a talk by artist Tim Brennan (who’s currently exhibiting at Turner House) on his recent publication ‘English Anxieties’ plus a load of stalls, zines, other diverse activities and some cake. There’s more info on the Ffotogallery blog.

Great poster too.

Book Design Course for Ffotogallery

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

Designing Books (with InDesign)As part of Ffotogallery’s Book Arts season, (which included an excellent Artists’ Book Fair at Turner House in Penarth, near Cardiff) I was asked to deliver a short course introducing staff and volunteers at the gallery to print design, and specifically book design using Adobe InDesign. The course ran over four days in December 2008 and comprised a fairly basic introduction to using InDesign in print projects as well as a more comprehensive look at book design. In keeping with the ethos of the artist’s book we tried to encompass very DIY ways of making books as well as how to get books printed using commercial printing services.


We’ve uploaded the slides for each day below, as well as our ‘recommended reading list’ for print design and book design. Underneath that there’s a list of links to useful sources of further information.

Course Slides

Day 1 – Setting up print projects, introduction to InDesign
Day 2 – Stocks, getting the most out of your budget, working with printers, more about InDesign
Day 3 – Looking at books, binding options, using multipage features in InDesign, grid systems etc
Day 4 – Sending your work to print, contents pages, indexes and other information management features in InDesign,  using ISBN numbers

Recommended Reading

The Elements of Typographic Style – Robert Bringhurst
Grid Systems in Graphic Design: A Handbook for Graphic Artists, Typographers, and Exhibition Designers – Josef Muller Brockmann
Designing Books: Practice and Theory – Jost Hochuli and Robin Kinross
Adobe InDesign CS4 Classroom in a Book (Classroom in a Book (Adobe)) – Adobe
Japanese Bookbinding – Kojiro Ikegami and Barbara Stephan

More Information

Stock Suppliers – There’s lots of stock suppliers in the UK, some useful ones for getting hold of swatch books include PaperCo and Robert Horne.

Font Suppliers – Again a long list, some of the main ones are MyFonts; Fontshop (who also produce Font Book) and Fontfont

Font Identification Services – I find identifont the most useful – you answer a series of questions about the font (or not if you only have a limited character set in front of you) and get rewarded with one or more ‘best guesses’. There’s also MyFont’s What the Font? service – you upload a jpg or gif image of the font. I’ve never used this one so don’t know how useful it is.

Book design, printing, grid systems – has a good introduction to page impositions and Wikipedia have quite a useful (if incomplete) section about book design.

For grid systems still the best series of articles on the web is Mark Boulton’s simple steps to designing grid systems. The New York Times’ Book Design Review is great on a regular basis too.

Fonts and Typography – Personal favourites are: I Love Typography; The Elements of Typographic Style (Robert Bringhurst’s book applied to the web). The My Fonts newsletters and interviews with typographers are quite useful too.

Crwydro / Marcheurs des bois

Friday, January 25th, 2008

Crwydro / Marcheurs des bois CoverFor about six months now we’ve been working on a great project which has thrown up some very interesting, if problematic design challenges. The project is an international, trilingual (English, Welsh and French) book called Crwydro / Marcheurs des bois.

The book documents an exchange between west Wales based artists collective ointment and Boreal Art/Nature, who are based in the wilds of Quebec. The exchange involved two residencies: one in the stunning, moss covered Ty Canol woods near Pentre Ifan in Pembrokeshire in a balmy April; the other in the ice-bound frozen landscape of Reserve Faunique Rouge Matawin, Quebec, in February.

The book gives the projects a new dimension, continuing some of the discussions begun during the residencies and enabling the artists to revisit and reflect on their various working processes.

One thing we’re very pleased about is the book format, which avoids standard practice for artist’s catalogues, instead opting for a pocket sized, 112 x 180mm. Shrinking the format necessitated an increase in the page count and, at 116 pages there’s plenty of room for an exchange of views.

We’re hoping to go to print early in February and will, of course, post details as soon as the publication is ready.