Once bitten, twice shy: last time I tried altering the structure of this blog it all ended in TypePad managing to lose all of my images. But another year's gone by and it can't go on like this. I know that I need a way to pull together the 26 or so posts that will eventually complete the '52 fonts you could use instead of Helvetica' series. And with over 18 months of blogging under my belt, I can see from my statistics that there's some buried treasure that's no longer seeing the light of day. So, as a tentative step, I've put some new headings over there on the right.
First up is a link to my website: because when I'm not davidthedesigner I'm mr celsius - and I'd like some more work, please. So if you know someone who's after a good designer, do me a favour and point them in my direction.
Next, I'd like to remind you of the golden rules of dealing with text when you're getting it ready for typesetting. Just some plain, straightforward advice on how to go about things. It's taken me thirty years to learn that little lot - and now it's yours for free.
And then there's that lovely set of old enamel signs that I photographed at the Beaulieu International Autojumble last September. They don't deserve to be buried away, do they?
Which brings me on to my next challenge: getting to grips with Flickr. I won't bore you with details, but I've had log-in problems which have always beaten me. But I won't be beaten no more. And so, dear friends, I've gone and managed to set up a Flickr account which will be coming to your screens soon. But first, some content: and so I've decided to open the doors on my book collection and show you some ace cover designs. This is the first:
Designed by Tony Meeuwissen in the early 70s (this edition was published in 1974). A clever chap Tony Meeuwissen - you can read more about him over on the D&AD site.
This design was a pastiche of the Wills Woodbines cigarette packaging - and a pretty close copy, as you can see from this:
Interesting that in 1974, a cigarette pack can be referenced in this way, and that everyone at the time got it. It illustrates the power and influence of design, I guess.
But, actually, one of the main reasons why I think this is an ace cover is that the back is as well considered as the front:
Another cover tomorrow. Be sure to come back, won't you?