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it’s quicker by tram

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some photos of the completed mural including the obligatory press shot being taken in which we pretend jason is just adding the finishing touches to indicate the scale of the artwork – the resulting photo was used in the yorkshire post just before christmas: artists celebrate resort’s timeless appeal. the mural was commissioned by the central tramway company who suggested the idea of a view of the bay and some possible straplines. they approached us just as i was preparing for my talk on the golden era of railway posters & the east coast of yorkshire at scarborough art gallery and this seemed the perfect opportunity to create a homage to one of my design heroes – tom purvis.

purvis was one of only four artists paid a retainer to work exclusively for the london & north eastern railway in the 1930s and produced a series of iconic images that helped establish the yorkshire coast’s seaside image. his genius was in being able to express a sense of place and experience in striking images of flat colour. to my mind his work has never been bettered. rather than just copy one of purvis’s designs we suggested a contemporary scene inspired by his ‘east coast joys’ series. we couldn’t hope to produce anything to purvis’s standard but hope this serves as a tribute in the town whose image he helped create. the public response has been fantastic – we’re currently producing some postcards of the artwork which will be available from the tramway station.

here’s jason of sign experience actually painting the lettering instead of just pretending. the typeface is gill sans and was the house typeface for the LNER and subsequently british railways – the same face we used in the paved artwork on the former scarborough-whitby railway line. thanks to jason for again realizing one of our designs with his immaculate brushwork.

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last updated 10.00am 13-12-2013

their eyes light up

a couple of weeks back charlotte and i spent a day at the north keveston centre on the outskirts of lincoln with an open brief to leave temporary text interventions around the theatre, sports centre and school environs as part of an ongoing location-specific art project called ‘something wonderful’.

i’d had an idea about using block paving as a grid for lettershapes a while back and the paved area at the building entrance was the perfect canvas to try this out. this was the first of the days typographic experiments using text written by pupils at the school. we finished the quote just as it started to pour down…


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