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a virtuous poem for the day

June 11, 2020

Now – we realise that we haven’t posted for a while, which we should address over the next few hours.

First off, Brenda and Barrie were (for the second time) ‘Poem of the Day’ at the National Poetry Library.

The image is from Brenda Dermody’s wonderful remixes of Barrie’s original Letterpress prints for Dante’s Divine Comedy.

Not that we’re being a bit slow, but we think this was actually a throwback to September.

More about Brenda can be found here: 100 archive


May 10, 2019

A very big thank you to Mika Provata-Carlone – a Dante scholar, translator, editor and illustrator – for her very thoughtful and insightful review of The Typographic Dante exhibition over at Bookanista:

Having worked on the project independently for so long, it was quite wonderful to discuss it in depth with someone who has such a deep understanding of Dante and the Divine Comedy. As you may know, Barrie discovered Dante’s Inferno through pop culture as a teenager and has never formally studied the life of Dante or the Divine Comedy, even though Dante has been with him as an ongoing project for 30 years now.

At the opening of the show, Barrie also met some medievalists from the British Library and the talk (and performance) inspired Philobiblon, [(on) the love of books], to write a blog post about the first printed editions of Dante’s Divine Comedy.

Interestingly enough, the blog post mentions that as a medievalist, he rarely thinks of the printed history of Dante’s (Divine) Comedy – as a typographer Barrie rarely thought of the manuscripts of the Divine Comedy, until very recently. The British Library online archive ( is a stunning resource and has inspired Barrie to look a little further back into history than his role as a graphic designer and lecturer usually takes him.

He would recommend the following books if you find it all as interesting as he does: Books Before Print by Erik Kwakkel and The Book by Keith Houston.

The Typographic Dante Show is on at the National Poetry Library, South Bank Center until the 30th June.




blogging the blog

April 16, 2017

Eye magazine recently uploaded a post about Barrie’s Typographic Dante.

The piece talks about the starting point for the project – which began when he was a final year student at the Chelsea School of Art, way back in 1989.

The first roughs and preparatory sketches for Canto I.

Planning the Letterpress overprints in detail.

The original ‘note to self’, which led to a project that has carried on over the next 28 years (and counting).

The Typographic Dante is on display at the National Museum of Print, Dublin, until Wednesday 19th April and the exhibition has recently been reviewed by

glorified as eclectic typographers

October 19, 2014


Did we mention that Barrie wrote a book? Loukas Karnis has featured it on Typeroom, a site for the Glorification of Eclectic Typography: Barrie Tullett’s ten things you should know about Typewriter Art.

Loukas was particularly impressed that the lecture Barrie gave at St Bride (From Q to M: Three Centuries of Typewriter Art), managed to include a section on joy that was Ultravox’s Vienna.

For more about Loukas, you can see his Tumblr page here:

The central image from the screengrab above is the work of Lincoln Alumni, Kasha Dunne. Part of a beautiful sequence produced for the ISTD Student Awards back in the day. Barrie and Philippa are about to run the 2015 projects with their Second and Third year students. Here’s to them keeping up the Typographic Reputation of the School of Architecture & Design.

No pressure then.

caseroom in pantone

September 6, 2014

pantone screen

Some months ago we were contacted by someone from the team of Barbara Guarducci – contributors of the new Pantone View website which is dedicated to colour created by Pantone. We were asked to submit work for an article entitled Indie Publishers – and here we are, it’s rather short and sweet, but we really appreciate the inclusion.

house hosts update

September 16, 2013

Open House has had plenty of exposure on this blog already over the last year or so, and as we mentioned in March, the project has taken on a new direction. Over the past couple of months, the pair of books have been hosted in the homes of a select group of artists, writers and practitioners and have travelled as far as the US, Norway and Demark, as well as residences in the UK.

Each host is sent a hosting pack, which includes a set of letterpress postcards and snacks for their (very) private view! After hosting the books and producing a review, we ask that each host selects one word from the list of 12 themes (on which our books were based) and produce their own written and photographic response; these are then posted on a separate section of the blog.

We have already received a wonderful selection of reminiscences, and whilst the books still have a few more journeys to undertake, here is a small selection of the responses so far. For the full stories please click on the link below:


Lucy May SchofieldInheritance


Betty BrightSouvenir


Emma PowellTable setting


Tracy TomlinsonUtensil


Imi MaufeSouvenir

this one’s for doug.

February 11, 2013



Will you look at that. Our biggest and most ambitious update to the website ever. Not that there’s been much competition for that particular accolade.

Anyway. After years of e-mails complaining that the site was impossible to navigate (Doug’s list of its flaws was a particular favourite), Barrie has finally listened and made some comprehensive changes. Although it does, he has to admit, still need a couple of tweaks.

But. At least it’s a start.

noted and noto

December 2, 2012


Eye magazine have noted us this month, which is a delight. The Onion Merz Poem Number 8 caught the mood of the week as its typewritten bellyband coincided with the last ever British-made typewriter leaving the Brother factory in Wrexham.

Barrie would like to claim that this synergy was all to do with his ability to capture the mood of the moment… but he has to admit it wasn’t. Originally the snakebook was supposed to be slipped into a letterpressed envelope. Which Barrie bought, typeset and printed. At which point Philippa took one look at it and said ‘are you sure that envelope’s going to be big enough for those?’

And the answer was? No it wasn’t. So, in order to get the book ready in time for the Scottish Poetry Library Book Fair (By Leaves We Live), he invented a plan B and typed up some bellybands instead.

The rest as they say, is a happy accident.

The Ghost in the Fog made another appearance too, on the pages of the International Design Observatory. It has a walk on part in a Thesis exploring non-linear narratives.


a question of semantics

August 24, 2012

Barrie has been quite taken with an article written by John Furnival, where he says that rather than think about an idea, you should make the idea happen. So he’s decided to try and do more and think less (The irony is intentional).

The first of these doing pieces is one of two things. It’s either a meditation on Semantic Noise — the cultural references that we take for granted and which are so much a part and parcel of our visual and textual lives we do not even register them until they are somehow made new again. It also references the nature of technological change. The introduction of a process as innovation, through to revolution, to ubiquity, to decline as newer technologies take over, then a slide into obsolescence. Until a gradual re-discovery and liberation once released from the needs of commerce.


It’s a two line sight gag.

my place/your place

April 3, 2012


Philippa is currently involved in a new collaborative artists’ book project with Angie Butler of Pet Galerie Press. In January 2012 we were asked by Karen Kinoshita (University of Minnesota) to participate in the forthcoming exhibition, ‘Sense of Place in Artists’ Books’ to be held at the Architecture Library, University of Minnesota October – December 2012.

With this in mind, we began to e-mail each other our thoughts and ideas, trying to pinpoint shared interests, thinking how we could develop our ideas regarding the concept of ‘sense of place,’ and how to increase understanding towards, and empathy with our work through it’s publication. Through our online conversations, we realised that, although we had met a number of times, through our academic and artistic practice: we had never been to, or seen each other’s houses. We have no knowledge of where we both dwell, or of the surroundings in which we each inhabit daily.

We have decided to carry out some domestic archaeology. We will give each other an online ‘tour’ of our own houses in words and pictures, and make an accompanying artist’s book that focuses on an intimate selection of the tour.

We hope that by acknowledging the past, discussing the present and investing in the future we not only develop our own relationship, but aim to raise an awareness of how we are connected to the places where we live, and to understand the psychology that underpins our furnishings, decor and household adornments.

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