One of the first friends I made via this blog was the Dutch designer Ko Sliggers. We've never met of course (though maybe one day we will). But Ko pops up in my in-box every couple of years to tell me about the next exciting project that he's involved in: usually connected with food or typography, and more often than not, both. Anyway, I have news of Ko's recently-published book – and I'll tell you all about that soon.
But in the meantime, Ko has asked if I could introduce you to one of his former assistants – an A** young Italian designer, Simone Bertini. And when I say A**, there can't be many designers out there who achieve a final mark of 100/100 with honours for their degree.
Simone is now looking for a job or placement: somewhere where he can both design as part of a team and improve his English at the same time. Ko explains: "Simone wants to learn English (Italians don't learn it at school mostly) in England. He likes to make a combination of working as an assistant and improving both ways his competences, in the design field and communicating more internationally :-) Now he speaks very very little English but is rather good in working out typographical and design concepts."
We've been having a bit of a clear out of the attic. And we've unpacked a whole load work samples. Including this font, which I designed in 1973 (and therefore all drawn by hand). It never got to see the light of day, though.
And to think I was living in Manchester at the time. If only I'd stayed there for the next 30 years I could have sold it to Oasis.