W. Sandberg at the DLWP

A couple of weeks ago I visited the William Sandberg exhibition at the De La Warre Pavilion in Bexhill. Sandberg was the typographer/designer and director of the Steidlijkt Museum in Amsterdam and it was interesting to see the prolific output of exhibition posters he designed for the museum; particularly those printed by letterpress in Amsterdam by the Stadsdrukkerij. Letterpress by its mechanical nature can be very constraining but Sandberg very neatly managed to circumvent this with imaginative creative use of type and minimal text. Sadly I haven't any images as the exhibition attendant was very strict on the no photography policy. Well worth a visit. 

Whilst I was there I noticed a very nice selection of books published by Ruth Artmonsky on mid-twentieth century commercial art and publishing including this one on the books of W.S Cowell Ltd - if you like Little Tim, Orlando, Puffin Picture Books, Ravilious etc I recommend it. Shown here with my own copy of Type and Illustration complete with its dust jacket and the Bawden Linocut of crabs which is often missing.

 

 Sandberg manifesto and WS Cowell material

Sandberg manifesto and WS Cowell material