Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Barrie Tullet and The Case-Room Press

The Case-Room co-founder Barrie Tullet came in to visit on Friday. I managed to get a word with him about my work, of which he was pretty complimentary, as well as having a lot of odd but focused conversation about copyright and typefaces in relation to my 'copyright, copytype' brief. He had some insight, including an anecdote about a type designer he knows who designed the font 'Bliss'. One along with several others that the case room have licenses to. Anyway, the type designer was in a restaurant, noticed that the restaurant had used his font. Because he sells his licenses directly, he knew the font wasn't licensed so as he got the bill, he wrote them his own.

Anyway, I digress, below are some examples of the books the case-room have published:

The book 'Wait and See' is a publication co-produced with a student at Lincoln, where Barrie is the head of the Graphic Design course. it's a two colour print that uses black and fluorescent orange ink to made a fascinating and beautifully manufactured 2 colour, paperback bound book. The cover has a fold out and is just excellently crafted. In terms of things I can take from it, the lo-fi magazine and promotional materials needs to be 2-colour to keep the price of the editions to produce relatively cheap, and this is one way of making it for comparative prices with an extra flourish in the print stages that could really make it stand out.

This book is a book of several different translations of a series of poems. Each column in the grid is a different language. The spread below is unique beause the translation of one language has run onto a second page, the rest have been left blank. The white space on it looks so contemporary and sleek. The gridding idea could be extremely useful, both for Gary Barker's book, who wants his book to function in 4 ways (this could be an interesting way to explore it) and the brief I've just written about the artist Mario Merz, who uses the Fibonacci sequence in his work, the grid system could be a good way to reflect this thematically.

Flat Pack below is a book about 4 seperate experiences of a trip to Poland (I think?) and the book opens up as 4 seperate books or can be viewed altogether as 1 book. This is a very interesting way to produce the book and it's something that could be considered when looking at producing Gary Barker's book.

This last one is just part of their monthly publication, it's lovely printed one colour printing. I'm a big fan of the publications, and after meeting Barrie in person, it would be perhaps useful to make more contact with him in the future.

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