Designer and printer Ian Gabb’s new website, letterpressmonster.com, not only showcases his work, but also some of the printed ephemera he’s been collecting for a number of years, including matchbox labels, postcards, posters and records.

Gabb has been the letterpress technician at the Royal College of Art for over a decade, where he has become known affectionately as the Letterpress Monster, hence the name of the new site. His portfolio of colourful letterpress work is well worth checking out in its own right, as is each of the archives of “collections” also hosted on the site. There are, for example, around 200 kitch-as-you-like LP sleeves from the 50s and 60s, and at least 700 scans of different 1960s matchbox labels mostly from East Germany and Czechoslovakia.

Of the collected imagery, Gabb says: “Both sublime and ridiculous, and sometimes both at the same time, these items appear only as a guide to the inner workings of [my] mind. I’m adding to the collection all the time – it’s a never-ending work in progress.” The site was built by Julia, a London-based studio comprised of three former tutees of Gabb, Valerio Di Lucente, Erwan Lhuissier and Hugo Timm. (via Creative Review)


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For the release of their new album, The Future is Medieval, UK band Kaiser Chiefs have collaborated with Wieden + Kennedy London to create a website that allows fans to design their own album cover and bespoke selection of tracks, and even make money from their creations. The site, kaiserchiefs.com, features a series of ‘machines’ that users interact with to create their own album.

Once completed, you can purchase your album (for £7.50), and are then given the option to sell your bespoke version of The Future is Medieval via the Kaiser Chiefs site. For each copy of your individual album that is sold, you will receive £1 in commission. The site also offers blog banner ads and posters for you to promote your particular cover/playlist via your own website/blog etc. The band will then reward ‘super-sellers’ with special prizes announced later on Facebook and Twitter. (via Creative Review)

Thus, the interaction between bands and their fans are getting closer and closer. And we are as well getting closer and closer to the elimination of the designer per se. On one hand I like the idea, on the other hand being a Graphic Designer/Art Director myself, it does undermine my profession.

When reading about this idea, it catches your attention. Still, I am a bit sceptical to the end result. Do we really wanna come to a point where we display our whole life for everyone to see?



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