Opinion by Richard Baird
Lookbooks is an online bookstore that specialises in fun and quirky publications of the past. Recent acquisitions include Old Bohemian and Moravian Jewish Cemeteries by Petr Ehl, Arno Parik & Jiri Fiedler, 1991 and 101 Cake Design by Mary Ford, 1987. There is a cultural value to many of these, reflecting a time and particular niche interest, and how these niche interests were shared pre-internet. The bookstore’s brand identity, however, clearly positions this as a cheerful tongue-in-cheek activity with a cheerful lightness of tone in the logo, which doubles down on the double O pairings within the name to create expressionful graphic gestures. But, it is the bookmarks that really stand out. I simple little die-cut trick, in conjunction with book pages, gives a nose to the eyes. A smart idea by London-based Studio Lowrie.
LogoArchive was conceived, designed and sent to print in a day. It was inspired by a panel discussion at Somerset House as part of the exhibition Print! Now on to its seventh release, LogoArchive continues to reconfigure itself with each new issue with the intention of surprising and delighting within the context of archival.
The distinctive smaller format offers ample license to experiment and collaborate with other like-minded resources. Christophe De Pelsemaker’s Logo Books, an online archive of pages from out-of-print publications dedicated to trademarks, is one such resource. Christophe’s own book, Letters As Symbols, a collaborative endeavour with renowned Belgian designer Paul Ibou, sought to bring to life and uniquely document symbols based on the letters of the alphabet. It has an compelling story and an interesting journey to publication which began in 1991. This LogoArchive ExtraIssue intends to offer readers a sample of Letters As Symbols and tell its story through symbols and archival documents.
This first edition of LogoArchive in print was conceived, designed and sent to the printers for quotation within a day. It was inspired by a panel discussion that took place the day before at Somerset House as part of the exhibition Print! Tearing It Up.
This first issue was a compact 10 pages printed on Colorplan Ebony 135gsm with five passes of white and finished with black staples, it was a small first step that was the foundation of a series of 5 numbered issues and an ExtraIssue from CanadaModern. It was the first printed piece to fall under BP&O’s new publishing platform.
LogoArchive Issue 1 sold out in two days, and was followed by three three other sellouts. The series has been kindly been featured on Dezeen, It’s Nice That, Brand New, Creative Boom, LogoDesignLove and Design Week, and has been featured in the April 2019 issue of Computer Arts Magazine.
With a desire to continue to push the zine forward, explore new concepts, themes and material options as well as insert configurations, LogoArchive Issue 1 has a limited re-issue of 200 copies. These can also be purchased with LogoArchive Issue 5 here.