4 Feb 2010

Martin Wilson

Fascinating work from Martin Wilson discovered in Ultrabold (see previous pieces on ghostsigns here and here).  Ultrabold is the quarterly journal of the St Bride Library which is just off Fleet Street. I discovered the library a couple of years ago and it really is one of London’s hidden treasures, especially for those interested in all things Type and Printing. They also have a good series of events running.

Anyway, I am a ‘friend’ of St Bride which means I receive a free copy of Ultrabold and when the latest issue landed in my letterbox yesterday and I was delighted to discover the work of Martin Wilson

Martin uses a variety of ‘found’ type and other means of creating type from everyday items in the street to produce pieces that make (typically) humorous comments in a visually striking way.

The piece above is probably my favourite and features a year from everyone of his Granny’s 100 which he created for her centenary. It is worth reading a little about the effort that goes into his work to appreciate the attention to detail that leads to the end result you see here.

Have a look at more of Martin’s work on his website and also check out the St Bride library and their events calendar. You can become a friend too and receive future issues of Ultrabold for yourself.

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