Category Archives: Projects

Not Nice from A Large Evil Corporation

Not Nice is the first promotional magazine produced by Coy! Communications for the (real) animation company A Large Evil Corporation, and their (fictitious) subsidiary, Evil Farms. It features a stack of tongue-in-cheek and innuendo-filled pages which were launched alongside an exhibition of photography and prints, all directed by Coy’s Mark Denton Esq.

We were invited along to one of the photo shoots to create a series of shocards for Evil Farms’ new supermarket, promoting everything from humongous melons to popped cherries. Mike Meyer took the brief and ran with it across a fun-packed day in the studio. Thank you to Coy! for getting us involved, a run-down of the whole team and more photos can be found on their blog about the project.

Better Letters at the Merchant City Festival

Better Letters and Ghostsigns took to this year’s Merchant City Festival in Glasgow with a Mike Meyer Hand Lettering Workshop, an illustrated talk about ghostsigns, and the screening of three short films about signs and lettering. The gallery above shows the fun we had running the workshop, with some other things we got up to below.
(Thank you Alistair Fleming Photography for the photo with Mike and Chelsea)

Across from us in the Merchant Square were the Merchant City Letterheads, featuring Scott Telfer, Stewart McLaren, Artisan Artworks, Dapper Signs and Ross Hastie. They were working on a series of panels for the festival, and a David Bowie tribute night/auction on the final night.
(Thank you Alistair Fleming Photography for the photo of Stewart McLaren)

Monday gave us a chance to take the Pub Typology Tour, curated by Dress for the Weather and focused on the architectural and design heritage of Glasgow’s pubs. We made it to four out of six, joined by Adrian Harrison, director of 21st Century Victorian.

Horn Please was one of the films we screened, alongside 21st Century Victorian and Man with a Brush. By pure coincidence Glasgow’s Tramway gallery were holding and exhibition, ‘Pehchaan: Art from Another India‘, which happened to feature a series of commissioned truck ends, among other artworks and artifacts.

And of course there was plenty of lettering and ghostsigns to be seen around Glasgow, including the delights of the old Fruit Market where many of the old signs had been saved. (For more signs and lettering, check out the photos of Stuart Brown.)

Here are the three films we screened at the festival, thank you everyone that made the visit possible, we can’t wait to come back!

Lettering & Typography at the London Design Festival

In addition to the workshops, walking tours and light projections organised by Better Letters and Ghostsigns, there are a host of other events, exhibitions and installations featuring lettering and typography at this year’s London Design Festival. Much of this is focused in the Bankside Design District in Southwark, and a suggested itinerary for the busiest day of Wednesday 21 September is detailed below. Here are some of the date-specific things to look out for, and we’ve also created a map of all the locations where lettering and typography stuff is going on.

Date Specific Events

Lettering & Typography at LDF16 Map

Lettering & Typography Day: Wednesday 21st September

09:30-10:00 – The Sign Machine

Make your way to the Bulgari Hotel in Knightsbridge to take a ride on ‘The Sign Machine’. Created by Morag Myerscough and Luke Morgan this kinetic swing installation opens a dialogue between the user and the components of the structure and its surroundings, combining product with motion. Users turn and control a series of rods brandishing bold, simple messaging, objects and signs to interact with one another and create wider statements. Find out more…
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10:00-12:00 – The Victoria & Albert Museum

Walk along the Brompton Road to grab a coffee and explore the myriad events and installations at the Victoria & Albert Museum, and of course the London Design Festival Shop. Find out more…

12:00-13:45 – Typographic Travel & Lunch

Jump on the London Underground in the Centenary year of the Johnston Typeface and make your way to Borough Market for a dazzling choice of fresh and cooked foods for lunch. While there, also check out some of the historic and contemporary signage that the market has to offer. (Get directions from the V&A to Borough Market.)

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14:00-15:00 – Type Tasting Workshop

Head to Bedales and join the Type Tasting ‘What’s Your Type?’ workshop (pre-booking required), a roller coaster ride of experiments, games and demonstrations exploring the personalities of fonts. Use the Font Selfie machine to generate your own type personality analysis. Become part of the discovery process and take away your own ‘tasting notes’ that you can use in the future to help you choose fonts. Find out more…

Type-Tasting-Workshop

15:30-16:30 – Beer on Bermondsey Street

Wander over to Bermondsey and grab a quick half in the Woolpack. Peruse the old enamel signs on display and use the WiFi to download the Bankside Ghostsigns Walk.

Woolpack-Signs

16:30-18:30 – Bankside Ghostsigns Walk

Explore the streets of Bermondsey and Southwark through the lens of ‘ghostsigns‘ using the new Ghostsigns Tours App. With more than 15 examples of fading painted signs along the way, the tour will introduce you to the stories they tell through a mixture of audio and visual content. Find out more…

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18:30-19:00 – Creative Spaces & Places

From the end of the tour, walk a short way back onto Southwark Street to take a look at the Camille Walala installation for the Better Bankside Creative Spaces & Places project. Find out more…

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19:00-20:00 – Dinner at OXBO

Take another short walk to OXBO and enjoy some time off your feet in this restaurant, with its own ‘faux’ ghostsign, a replica of one you’ll have seen on the walking tour.

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20:00-22:00 – Light Capsules x Ghostsigns

Step next door and finish the day with a custom cocktail at The Distillery, and a light projection show inspired by ghostsigns visible from the terrace. Find out more…

(You can also visit the second Better Bankside Creative Space & Places piece on Price’s Street from All for Love.)

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Now time for bed and dreams of lettering and type. If you’re still hungry for more then on other days at the festival there is a Signwriting Workshop with Mike Meyer, a Blackboard Art & Lettering workshop, more ‘Light Capsules‘, a Type & Wine Tasting evening, a Graphics Weekend, and an exhibition of erasers and associated type and packaging. Enjoy!

Better Letters at the European Sign Expo

We were invited to participate in the European Sign Expo, part of FESPA Digital 2016 in Amsterdam. It was an action packed week of activities in the ‘Signage Demo Area’, with David Kynaston and Mike Meyer collaborating on a pre-designed panel, facilitating the opportunity for attendees to ‘have a go’, and painting names and other messages in our ‘live lettering’ sessions. We also sneaked into the FESPA annual awards and had some unscheduled fun with miscellaneous props…

Here are some photos and feedback on our work at the event. Massive thanks to: All the team at FESPA and the European Sign Expo; G.F Smith/Colorplan; Mick Pollard; Amsterdam Sign Painters; Iris; Andreas Otto; A.S.Handover.

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Better Letters’ Panel

Video Interlude

FESPA Awards

Other Highlights

Highlights on Social Media

Thank You!

Artwork for Beef & Brew

Beef & Brew is a new restaurant in London’s Kentish Town, offering delicious cuts and craft beers at more affordable prices than the majority of steak diners. They commissioned Better Letters to create some wall pieces as part of their interior design. These included an original artwork, featuring a ‘steak cake’, a play on the infamous ‘Let them eat cake‘ line. This, and a beef cuts piece, were then painted on the plaster walls with a ‘ghosted’ appearance. Click the images below to see the final pieces up close, and in context.

The work was carried out by Harry Fieber of Utile Creative, inspired by the brief from Beef & Brew’s Daniel Nathan, with the vision of interior designer Ashley Scarborough. Photography by A.J. Levy.