One of the drawbacks of being English is that we don't really understand the French: and when it comes to Loïc at Bureau l'Imprimante, both Ben and Richard are equally as mystified as I am. But that is our loss, since Loïc is a good friend to us - even though he may seem to move in mysterious ways. We must remember, though, that if we didn't blog then we probably wouldn't know Loïc at all - which would be our loss.
So now let me give you a little demonstration of how the long tail works: getting on for a couple of years ago I took a two-week break from blogging, but I set up a crack team of fellow designers to cover in my absence. One of whom was Elle, who posted about Moerenuma Park and Isamu Noguchi, amongst other things. Fast forward to this year and Loïc emailed me to say that he was setting up a new webzine and he wanted to do a feature on Moerenuma Park. So I put Loïc in touch with Elle and the result is this.
Which is just one reason why blogging is a good thing.
The thing that fascinates be about blogging is just how networks can grow and develop over an extended period of time. Which is why I keep on doing it, I suppose. And I'm never quite sure which posts you lot out there will respond to - unless I manage to get a Twitter recommendation from David Airey, and then the visitor numbers go through the roof (thanks David).
Matched by equally enigmatic back covers, like this:
I told you a couple of weeks ago about the catalogue(s) that I'd designed for the exhibition that's just finished at Bristol's City Museum & Art Gallery. Well the time has come to move on to the next exhibition in the shape of things series: Earth|Atmosphere at Bilston Craft Gallery, and showcasing the work of ceramicist Halima Cassell and textile artist Seiko Kinoshita. And I've gotten to design each of them a catalogue with no text on either the front or back covers. In fact that's not quite true, because the two catalogues will be held together with a 'wrap band': and that's where the titles will be. Maybe when they're printed I'll take a photograph and show you how that looks.
In the meantime, though, let me show you the centre spreads - because, even though I say so myself, I think they're really rather wonderful. This one shows two of Halima's carved pieces in progress (prior to firing) with clay sourced from Belgium:
And these fabulous details from Seiko's pieces: A Walk in the Rain and One Sunny Day:
As usual, I'm helped out enormously by some truly great photography - this time from Chris Smart.
The exhibition is on from 1 May through to 10 July: if you get the chance, do go along (if you know where IKEA Birmingham is, then you're almost there).