Tag Archives: Book design

Treats – the book

Treats: the notebook / 2010

I’ve been meaning to post this up for a while. It’s a little project I did for a friend’s birthday – a notebook celebrating the legendary Treats, Baker Street’s finest purveyor of delicious food & snacks. I love Treats, it’s kept me going through 23 years of hellish commuting with wondrous products like this. What’s that you say? A product that’s like a sausage roll, but vege? I’m sold! But there’s more? It also comes in Spicy Chicken! Oh Treats, you spoil us.

The book is A6 in size and printed on a variety of different coloured 80gsm stocks. There are blank and ruled notebook pages, interspersed with the masterful Treats logo, and photographs of delicious, healthy Treats.

The cover is made from an actual Treats paper bag (unused, I hasten to add), and the whole thing is bound with a concealed metal fastening onto a thick base.

Yes, I did get carried away with this project.

The Feltron Report 2009

The Feltron Annual Report / Nick Felton, 2009

I cannot believe I haven’t come across the work of Nick Felton before. The man’s a genius. Each year he collates data on various aspects of his life and presents it in a beautiful report. I’m stunned no one has directed me to this before, considering the similarities to when I catalogued every gig I’ve ever been to. Beautiful stuff.

You can read a bit about the history of the project here, and see this year’s report being lovingly printed/letterpressed here.

Canteen’s First Cookbook

Canteen: Great British Food / Hudson-Powell, 2010

I just got hold of a copy of Canteen’s first recipe book, and wow it’s a beautiful object. This is the finest cookbook I have ever seen.

Canteen is one of my favourite places to eat in London. They serve simple, delicious British food and show a truly unrivalled attention to detail with every aspect of design. The interiors are understated and elegant, and all the graphics, by Hudson-Powell, just ooze class and subtle refinement. Half the time I’d rather stare at the menus than eat any food.

I love their use of type. I’m assuming the Canteen typeface is a custom job by H-P but I could be wrong. It looks to me like a refined mixture of Gill and Johnston, taking the best elements of both – perhaps the ultimate ‘British’ font. I love the upper-case R and S. There’s also a set of really beautiful old-stlye numerals, which just make those ingredients look all the more apetising:

Buy this book now. You won’t ever need Jamie, Hugh or Nigella again.

NASA 1976 Identity Guidelines

NASA 1976 Identity Guidelines

One of my ex-tutors from college is lucky enough to own this incredible document – an original copy of NASA’s identity guidelines from when they re-branded to the ‘worm’ logo, dated January 1976. He very kindly sent me some black & white copies of some of the spreads. One day I will own this book.

Aurèle Sack

Some lovely Swiss work from Aurèle Sack, and a brilliantly simple website to showcase it.