Something concrete

On a visit to Portland I popped into a great little fashion/design boutique called Johan (as I can never resist anything Scandi sounding). I got chatting with the owner and found out she’d spent time in Malmö and Lund - small world. Then it got even smaller, all (at least a lot of) her books were supplied by The Idea of the Book who I know through the Letterform Archive. Anyway, as traveling I had to limit myself to just one purchase so grabbed; anthology of concretism edited by Eugene Wildman. Mostly because my shelves are severely lacking in the concrete poetry department. Here’s a taste:

So I decided to go some way to rectifying the shortage. The fabulous Red Fox Press (also discovered via Letteform Archive) recently issued a great set of small editions that included this little beauty from Derek Beaulieu. Love his Letraset work and his tendancy to give things away of twitter and IG. Also I particular love the packaging it came in, lovely touch.

A few more pics from Red Fox Press here:

Shortly after I spotted that Derek Beaulieu had a Georges Perec related piece; L’Echec de Perec. Published by the wonderful French small press MA Bibliothèque, so I had to grab that and a few more items.

Thus 2018 bought with it a cascade of coincidences and connections so I thought I’d share them and start the year off on a solid, concrete foundation.

Some unposted gems from 2018

Here are a few items that I didn’t feel I could put a full post together for back in 2018. Either it’s because they only have a few pics or they were items I’ve spied elsewhere so didn’t have much extra info for them.

Coca-Cola Advertising Manual

Spotted this at the Letterform Archive back in June. It’s a massive landscape brand and advertising guideline for Coke. And it’s amazing, covering approach, point of sale and adverts. I think it’s from the 50s but will need to check with the guts at the archive.


This page is particularly amazing. An interactive point of sale planner with ‘mind of the viewer’ annotation.


The insanely skilled printing of Ramano Hänni

This is another Letterform Archive gem. The piece Typo Bilder Buch is incredible as it’s hand printed on kitchen towel! I think I remember Ron from the archive saying that one of the pages has over 13 passes but I might be wrong - it could have been even more.

Court by Nirvana Paz from Gato Negro Ediciones

Came across Gato Negro Ediciones at the 2018 SF Art Book Fair at Minnesota Street Project. Fantastic small press from Mexico City specialising in riso print. I picked up this fabulous photo essay book. The black print makes it feel almost like these are charcoal sketches - incredible photography and production work.