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I'm not at all sure what is it with me and the alphabet at the moment but here it is yet again …

Hyperactivitypography is an abecedarium designed by Paul van Brunschot's students at the Westerdals School of Communication in Oslo.

It looks, feels and smells great, and is full of wittily written information to boot. It really is a ridiculously good, perhaps even flawless, example of balanced form and function.

You can look through and enjoy Hyperactivitypography in its entirety at or buy the real-life, beautifully tactile hardback book from Arctic Papers' shop.


(Hat-tip @H_FJ)

Designing the ABC

Categories: Events

Our Supercool new intern, Sarah Wilbois, started yesterday. A graphic design graduate from Mainz in Germany, she's with us on a 2-month internship programme run by the Principia School of Language in Worcestershire.

We're hoping Sarah'll get lots out of her time with us … not least because she very kindly came bearing a gift; a beautiful, and beautifully clever, pop-up alphabet book called ABC3D. Thanks Sarah – nice!

Coincidentally, Sarah's gift ties in very nicely with her first project here at Supercool; the creation of an ampersand for Not My Type …

Not My Type is a collaborative project bringing together more than 30 designers, artists and illustrators, each of whom has been tasked with creating a different letter of the alphabet (or additional character, such as the ampersand) for a forthcoming show at the Created in Birmingham shop.

You can learn more about the project, see who else is taking part and find some interesting typographical links over on the Not My Type Facebook Group. The Not My Type exhibition at the CiB shop will open on (election day) Thursday 6th May.

For the love of print

Categories: Extra-curricular, Nice stuff

I first got my mitts on a Love to Print zine last summer when Karoline popped Obsession in the post to me. I swooned a bit, then wrote a blog post about it because it truly is a thing of beauty. (And yes, the print still smells lush.)

Imagine how chuffed I was then, when Karoline got in touch recently to ask if I'd like to be part of the latest Love to Print zine – Pattern. Ooooh, yes please!

My brief: design a typographically-themed spread, based on 'pattern'.

This certainly got me thinking. In fact, a while back I droned on, apparently randomly, about thinking backwards and upside-down but there was method in my madness and it was all because of this project.

Typography is about words, so I had to consider words in my design; it had to mean something as well as look good. That's where the idea to use palindromes came from as they're essentially word patterns. I researched those palindromes which (phonetically) name a letter of the alphabet; with the idea of then using that letter to create the pattern. I eventually settled on 'Did Hannah see bees? Hannah did', making a repeating pattern of uppercase Edwardian Script 'B's.

Not only was I lucky enough to design this spread for Pattern – I got to design the contents and contact pages too; along with the cover, each and every one of which has been lovingly screenprinted, by hand, by Karoline.

Anyway, Patterns contains loads of exquisite illustrations from five fantastically talented screenprint artists, who each have very different styles – Karoline Rerrie, Sarah Lynch, Ruth Green, Helen Entwisle, Daisy Whitehouse – and yeah, I did some stuff too. (Though I can't call myself an artist!) Love to Print Patterns #1 will be available at The New Art Gallery Walsall's Artists' Bookfair on 22-23rd May. If you can't make it there though, watch this space for other ways of getting your hands on Patterns.

The light fantastic

Coinciding with the start of 2010's International Dance Festival Birmingham, which brings a vast array of international dance to venues and public spaces across the West Midlands, tonight is also the opening night of photographer Richard Battye's exhibition, Still Dancing.

Named by yours truly, Still Dancing is a collection of stills capturing dancers in all manner of weird and wonderful shapes. Dancing is ultimately about motion so it's interesting to see dancers 'paused' and to be given the chance to appreciate the grace and precision of each single movement.

As a thanks for naming the exhibition, Richard dropped off a print of the 'hero' shot the other day – thanks Richard! We now need to sort a frame for her, so if you see someone dancing all the way to IKEA, that'll be me!

Still Dancing runs from 19th April until 8th May at The Custard Factory Gallery. For more details visit Richard's blog.