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Over the hills and far away

Notebook: 1 January 2016 | BOOK DESIGN | POETRY As a child I dreamt of being an architect but I was never good enough at maths and physics and so instead I drifted off to art college with the vague idea that I’d be an artist or designer. I took up a one year Foundation course at Winchester School of Art. Most of the tutors were from a fine art background and consequently graphic design or ‘Commercial Art’ was frowned upon and discouraged in favour of the fine arts. Luckily I had one tutor, a quiet and unassuming chap called Steve Wheatley, who opened my eyes to the world of graphics. I’d been aware of graphic design – I’d had it bubbling away in my blood – but he was the first person who’d put a name to it for me and he made me realise that people did graphic design for a living and that this was what I really wanted to do. Steve was actually an artist/poet rather than a designer and he published his own ‘illustrated’ art books one of which …

Eight Passion Proteins With Care

Notebook: 28 October 2015 | TYPOGRAPHY I have several old shoeboxes stuffed full of graphics goodies – bits of old printed ephemera that I have collected over the years such as tickets, old tube maps, small booklets, cards and so on. Anything that took my fancy – a quirky bit of typography, an odd illustration, a clever piece of design – was admired and then stashed away. I’ve just unearthed an intriguing pamphlet called Eight Passion Proteins With Care from one of the boxes and it may be familiar to anyone who shopped or worked in and around London’s Oxford Street in the 1970s and 80s – and if the pamphlet isn’t familiar then Stanley Green, its placard carrying author, surely will be. Green believed that if we ate too much protein it would build up in our bodies and lead to uncontrollable ‘lust’. Stanley Green in Oxford Street, 1988. Photo by Tom Gold He would wander up and down Oxford Street in his recognisable peaked cotton cap, preaching his gospel in his soft but resonant tone, with his placard clearly visible above the …