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Remembering the Anti-Nazi League march and carnival, 30 April 1978

Notebook: 30 April, 2018 | BRANDING | PHOTOGRAPHY Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Anti-Nazi League and Rock Against Racism rally and concert in Trafalgar Square and Victoria Park. I was one of the thousands who gathered in the square on that day in 1978 and marched to the park. Here’s my recollections of the period and of that remarkable day from 40 years ago. Sometime in late 1977 I was drinking in a pub in Coventry with fellow art students. I had one of  the distinctive Anti-Nazi League badges pinned to my hairy blue mohair jumper. I was suddenly approached by a burly pub regular who tore the badge from my jumper and tossed it to the floor. We were clearly not welcome in that pub and we swiftly drank our pints and left… The Anti-Nazi League (ANL) had been founded in 1977 in opposition to far right racist and fascist organisations such as the National Front (NF) which were gaining in popularity especially amongst younger people. The ANL and its sister organisation, Rock against …

Liking US: University of Sussex branding

Notebook: 10 July 2017 | BRANDING I like this cluster of publications produced by the University of Sussex (US) and picked up by myself and youngest son Harry on a recent University open day visit. There’s a strong and consistent identity across all the literature, and across the website, social media and signage on the campus. The branding was carried out by designer Dan Cottrell for Pentagram in 2015 and the Pentagram guidelines are now closely followed by a roster of approved independent designers that the University calls upon. There’s a bright, breezy and confident palette of colours that contrast well with the more academic and authoritative choice of typefaces – good old Baskerville (UOS Baskerville Titling – a bespoke version for the Uni’) and Franklin Gothic in assorted weights. Type is centred to echo the original 1962 prospectus when Sussex Uni’ first opened. I particularly like the large format 12 Stories of Sussex publication – a collection of short interviews, quotes and photos from current and former students and members of staff – and three …


Notebook: 13 April 2017 | BRANDING | TYPOGRAPHY When I’m not designing for Gilburt and Paul, or teaching editorial design, I collaborate with two ex-work colleagues and old friends, the journalists and writers Jonathan Arnold and Gary Mead. We have a partnership called Orwell and our aim is to provide businesses with influential content and design that enhances those businesses’ core philosophies so that they become better known, better understood and better received. And we do this using rigorous thinking, superb writing and carefully crafted design. Our expertise lies in creating a wide range of long form content such as annual reports and other corporate publications, thought leadership brochures and magazines, research documents and white papers. To find out more about Orwell, take a look at our website. Here are pages from our Orwell brochure that I designed last year.

Adnams Jack Brand bottle labels

Notebook: 21 September 2015 I love these beer bottle labels for the Adnams range of Jack Brand craft beers. They’ve been designed by Brighton based CookChick and are based on an historic bottle found in the brewery archives. I think they use a thermographic printing method which gives the type and image a knobbly raised feel which mimics the old method of printing on to glass. They’ve been around for a year or so now but I was reminded of them on our excellent tour of the Adnams Brewery in Southwold on Friday 18 September to celebrate my birthday. And the beer inside the bottles is pretty darned tasty as well!

Ceylon Tea Centre tea type tags

Notebook: 21 September 2015 Anybody remember the Ceylon Tea Centres? They were a chain of self-serve restaurants in the 1960s. I remember going to the one in Exeter in October 1966 as a ten-year-old and possibly to the Regent Street branch around the same time on a family day trip to swinging London. Not only did they serve a delicious cuppa, they also seemed to specialise in salads and cakes. The interiors were 60s modern with lots of space and large windows and the atmosphere was very calm and relaxed. Their graphics must have appealed to me because I saved these three tea type tags which must have come which each pot of tea. I still like the bold colours and simple, modern design. The restaurants must have run their course and closed in the early 1970s. Anyone got any pics of the interiors?

Woah! Easy boy

Notebook: 9 January 2015 I’ve been doing some work for the National Horseracing Museum in Newmarket. One of the exhibits at the museum is a racehorse simulator which is looked after by an ex-jockey and lovely old boy called Alfie Westwood. Somehow he managed to persuade me to hop on and have a go… I’m pleased to say I didn’t fall off although I was very nervous. You can take a look here.