Sarah Thorne


Sarah Thorne has been getting her fair share of publicity amongst everyone’s favourite design blogs recently. She deserves it with good credit as well, especially for her most recent success with TopShop’s recent makeup range. Full of character and finesse in it’s own way, it must be extremely gratifying walking down Oxford Street seeing your mark clutched in the hands of many happy shoppers.

In reflection TopShop’s in-house creative team have been doing a sterling job over the last couple of years to churn out some stunning work for a progressive brand really helping to shape some great future designers. Shaz Madani is a name that springs to mind of riding the TopShop success coat tails recently.

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For Print Only—indulgent printed ephemera

If you’re researching suitable print techniques for a client meeting or just looking to indulge in some inspirational printed materials, Under Consideration’s FPO (For Print Only) has to be high on my list of go to sources. As well as presenting salivating printed work that reminds me of the good-old-days where more of my time was spent in the print room (hand cracking that Vandacook), FPO meticulously details everything about the project, including exhaustive credits, print techniques and costs which are helpfully revealing and brings a refreshing dose transparency.

Next time you stuck for a sample print technique have a look at For Print Only, it wont let you down.

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Postal Ephmera Four—Pick Me Up and Landfill Editions


This weeks Postal Ephemera is Pick Me Up inspired bumper edition.

I got the chance to have a look round Pick Me Up before it closed and I must say it was a cracking showcase of image making talent that brought a lot of publicity to those artists exhibiting and the graphic design industry.

To coincide with the show lots of printed materials were created including this sweet, lo-fi curation booklet documenting the artists exhibited as well as providing some background context to the show. In the spirit of what felt like a degree show like exhibition the booklets dainty A6 size is printed on a variety of coloured stocks in single colour prints. This really helped to create a hand made low tech feel that mirrored the essence of what Pick Me Up and a lot of it’s artists work was about.

Fitting in with Pick Me Up and Landfill Editions who were exhibiting along with their beloved Riso machine, I thought it’d be a good chance to show off this print method that’s growing with popularity. I managed to get some samples from Landfill Editions and they’re very good. Riso printers are somewhere in-between litho printers and photocopiers—if you’re interested in finding out more I suggest you read this article. They’re aimed at projects with relatively short runs but at an affordable price. Their low-tech nature is making them a big hit with indie publishers and zine makers and it’s no surprise as the single colour aesthetic that retains the litho halftone look is very appealing. It’s a process I’ve marked up for using in the near future on some new projects.

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Postal Ephemera Three

Just like the real postal service Postal Ephemera has been a couple of weeks delayed—many apologies. However in its absence we’ve had some really great bits of post come in over the last few weeks.

To coincide with the recent relaunch of I Love Dust—which I talked about a week or so ago on FFF—we were lucky enough to receive one of their excellent mailers. Matching their new identity and website which is focused around the theme of ‘a butchers choice cuts’, the whole mailer has been brilliantly executed.

Arriving wrapped in a sheet of newsprint and tied up in coarse hessian-like string reminiscent of a local butchers. Past the exterior paper, there’s a thick layer of cloth again printed with the same typographic treatments and motifs in the layer that preceded it. Then you get to the juicy steak of content that is a small booklet showcasing some of I Love Dust’s most recent work. Beautifully foiled on the front with the words ‘Choice Cuts’, the whole theme works very effectively, doing justice to the work inside, which is to be expected from one of the best Design and Illustration agencies in the UK. What makes it such an effective piece of communication though, is the meticulous detail I Love Dust have paid throughout from aesthetic to the finish on the production.

To top it all off, I Love Dust have some damn good work in their portfolio.

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Going Going Gone Red!—The Partners Campaign




I was clearing through some emails at the beginning of the week when I came across a friendly reminder about Going Going Gone Red! A campaign friend and fellow FFF contributor Sean Rees has been working on with the creative team at The Partners. Using the already well known [RED] branding the project has been setup to raise funds for London’s First Children’s Hospice.

Illustrators from across the globe have been asked to contribute their own designs for characters based upon a game many will be familiar with from their school days. Taking one of three body parts (head, torso or feet), three different illustrators work together to create one new funky looking monster. The end result is will see the work auctioned off with all the proceeds going to this very worth cause.

So far the contributions are really impressive and very endearing. You can see how they’re progressing on the dedicated Going Going Gone Red! Blog which is being updated as new illustrations are received. Though an auction date hasn’t been announced, I’ve been told it should be in the next couple of months so best of luck and try to make it along if you’re in the London area and after some unique work from lots gifted illustrators.

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Postal Ephemera One

So to kick things off with the first Postal Ephemera, we’ve got a copy of Golden’s most recent promo book, Golden Memories.

Truth be told I received this in the post a while back but a post over on FFF by Chris this week reminded me what a great bit of print it was. A nice pocket form and quite a chunky block of paper makes for a sturdy item to add to the book shelf. The book’s content is a collection of work and production shots that Golden have undertaken in their first year of business as well as some shots of their very lush looking new studio n Leeds.

Printed on an uncoated stock and finished off with a 2/3 wrap around dust jacket, exposing a little peek-a-book cover. Take off the dust jacket and slap bang on the centre you’ll find Golden’s marque confidently foil stamped. Everything about the books finish and execution shouts finesse that comes part and parcel of the idea Golden.

Golden, made up of ex-TDRer’s and Love creatives, have been notoriously elusive when it come to showing off their work, so to see a cohesive collection of their work in a handy format is a great addition to my printed collection.

More next Friday.

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Christmas by Colour Cards

I’ve just found out that my entry for Christmas by Colour Cards has made it into the final twelve cards. Conceived by RAW—an agency in Manchester—last year to pick CMYK colours that reminiscent of Christmas, this year RAW asked users to chose their top three from the hundreds that made it on to last years poster and wrapping paper. Alongside entries from other FFF contributors, my entry, Bucks Fizz has been produced and is available to buy through the Christmas by Colour site with the other eleven winning colours.

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We Are Friction

My copy of We Are Friction by Sing Statistics arrived in the post yesterday. The info-graphics inspired cover is really catchy and the content — collaborations between writers and illustrators — looks very intriguing.

Looking forward to reading through some of the short stories over the coming week and a pat on the back to Jez Burrows and Lizzy Stewart for all their efforts that went into We Are Friction.

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GF Smith mailer


If you want to get my attention make sure its well printed and send me it in the post. Some of the mailers that arrived on my door matt today are prime examples.

First off a nice little mailer from every designers favourite paper manufacturer GF Smith. I’m always impressed with GF Smith’s simple but attention grabbing mailers like this one, fluro screenprinted on thick brushed steel like stock.

The second example is for House of Propellers gallery in London. A cosy little gallery space directly below the offices of Represent. They’ve got provocative exhibition on at the moment by Clare Shilland. The mailer is foil blocked in gold on some nice thick 300gsm board.

It doesn’t take much but I’m a sucker or anything well printed and finished.

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