Glasgow Wanderings

Things have certainly become a lot more interesting around Glasgow’s South Side since I lived there. Here’s a couple of pics of interesting shop fronts found on Glasgow’s south side at the weekend.

Otherside is an interesting a curio shop full of odd books, discs and one-off objects. I’ve been meaning to go in for a while and it didn’t disappoint. You can’t miss the tremendous mural  and the Roger Dean influenced typoraphy outside. Inside, there’s a fine collection of used books on assorted esoteric subjects and an assortment of vintage objects, the vinyl section featured an impressive range of weird and experimental music. I was delighted to find a copy of Egisto Macchi’s classic library music record, Voix.

Photo of Otherside vintage shop in Glasgow
Otherside, vintage books, records and curios.

Across the street, amidst a fair number of bohemian eateries and coffee shops, the Bungo Barista strikes a distinctive note with it’s thoughtful use of stylish typography.

Photo of Bungo Barista coffee shop in Glagsow
Bungo Barista coffee shop
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The Movable Book of Letterforms

Designer, Kevin Steele has created this spectacular introduction to letterforms. It’s a hand-crafted pop-up book, in an edition of three only, which acts as both an educational tool and a tribute to the craft of paper architecture. I wish there was a mass-production version. See more at Kevin’s web site.

This pop-up book serves as a basic introduction to letterforms, their origins, and unique characteristics. Type plays a fundamental role in the communication process as much through the shapes and styling of the letterforms as the actual words that they join to form. This book also attempts to demonstrate how movable books can be used to educate and create visual impact for audiences of all ages. Interior: digital print on Mohawk Superfine 80lb cover Cover: Laval velour bookcloth debossed with polymer plate All movable parts cut and assembled by hand. 2009 22 pages, 8.25″ x 8.25″ x 2.25″ Edition of 3

Source: The Movable Book of Letterforms

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Redesigning Penguin classics

London design agency La Boca has created a series of luminous (and just a bit retro) covers for classic titles from Penguin’s Science Fiction list. This interview from Adobe Create offers some interesting insights into their creative and technical processes.

I love the fact that they’ve kept to the spirit of the classic Penguin SF covers I grew up with but have brought a modern sensibility and have created animated versions suitable for the mobile era.

Classic penguin science fiction covers

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