James Brook / Design


I'm very excited to see this dummy of Calvariae Disjecta, the book I have been designing for the artist and academic, Robert Williams. Calvariae Disjecta: The Many Hauntings of Burton Agnes Hall focuses on one of the most ubiquitous of English ghost stories, The Screaming Skull of Burton Agnes Hall. Drawing from his extant library and decades of research, Robert Williams re-presents references to the story from more than 100 popular sources that extend across more than 150 years. The project, conducted in collaboration with cultural sociologist, Dr. Hilmar Schäfer, echoes the transmission of the story as quoted text, oral tradition and downright plagiarism, as it draws together the many references across time to a story that tells us as much about cultural and historical representations, as it does a lurid tale of murder, grave-opening, and screaming skulls.

The book is being printed by Allander, Edinburgh, on Munken Pure 120gsm with a cover of Colorplan Smoke Grey 135gsm lined over 2250 micron board. The book is being bound by Charles Letts & Co. in Dalkeith, a company best known for producing diaries.

I'm looking forward to seeing the finished books in a few weeks but at the moment I'm enjoying the purity of this ghost book with no cover design and no content.

Curatorial Practice Degree Show Leaflet

The proof arrived yesterday for the leaflet I have been designing for the MLitt Curatorial
Practice (Contemporary Art) Degree Show at the Glasgow School of Art. The leaflet is A3 with the exhibition, reading room and events details on one side and the individual curatorial projects by eight graduating students on the other. The image is a still from Holylands by Seamus Harahan, presented as part of Both Together, curated by Eilidh Ratcliffe, one of the students.

The leaflet is folded to A5 with half of the image appearing on one side and 'MLitt Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) Graduate Degree Show 3-8 September 2016' on the other. I think it should make quite an interesting and attractive package and I look forward to seeing the two sides of the leaflet displayed alongside each other.

The design builds on an identity that I have been developing for the course that previously appeared in print in an advertisement in Art Monthly and also on material generated from the course. The typeface used throughout is Univers, in various weights, styles and sizes to create a hierarchy of information.

Having considered various paper options, the leaflet will be printed on 140gsm Cocoon Offset 100% recycled paper; a tactile paper that feels substantial but without feeling too precious.

The MLitt Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) Degree Show runs from 3-8 September at Glasgow School of Art, The Tontine Building, 20 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5NA. Further information can be found here.

Proofs of Platform: 2016 Leaflet

This is a proof of the leaflet that I designed for Platform: 2016, an Edinburgh Art Festival initiative dedicated to providing greater opportunities for artists at the early stages of their career. The artists – The Brownlee Brothers, Dorian Jose Braun, Paloma Proudfoot & Aniela Piasecka, and Jack Saunders – were selected from an open call by artists Ross Sinclair and Rachel Maclean working with Edinburgh Art Festival Director Sorcha Carey and Mary Watson, Programme Assistant.

This is the second year that I have designed the leaflet, using the logo and identity that I developed in 2015. This iteration has a different arrangement of the cover elements and introduces a colour, selected from a range of similar colours, that may appear on future iterations of the leaflet.

Platform: 2016 runs from 28 July – 28 August and can be found at the Festival Kiosk, 9-11 Blair Street, Edinburgh EH1 1QR.

More information can be found here.

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