What did you do in the war Daddy? Well, I worked in the Ministry of Design producing visual materials to help the war effort. You know, if it wasn’t for our handy guides, we might have allowed Jerry to infiltrate our plucky island with his dashed blackletters!
This post was originally titled ‘Loose Lips Lose Legibility’
I think I have got all of this out of my system now. Sorry.
I know, I know. Couldn’t help myself…
The impulse to print came upon me this week. I decided to have a dig around my metal type to see what I hadn’t used before and see if anything presented itself. There is nothing quite like a bit of Gill Sans to get the creative juices going is there?
Taking my theme directly from the recent poster trend featuring the WW2 slogan ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ I set up an alternative using 48pt Gill Sans for the main line and followed this with a 12pt Gill Italic in a very light grey.
And once printed on the Adana 5×3, hung overnight to dry…
A closer inspection showed that I had got a good ‘bite’ and that the small text held up good and sharp.
Using the smaller Adana HS1 I set up a little crown block that I’ve used a couple of times before. Using a ‘straight-from-the-tin magenta, each card received its crown to complete the postcards.
The cards had already been printed with the postcard block some time ago (I need to print some more now in case the mood takes me again!) and some were heavily impressed like the one shown above, but I think that adds to the overall quality. This image shows that I need to make some adjustments to the tympan as I am not getting an even impression across the whole card – the centre is less imprinted than the edges.
Oh well, keep calm and carry on as they say!