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creatively inspiring

August 7, 2019

Barrie’s been featured on the Creative Review Website – as part of their Creative Inspiration pages.

The article features some thoughts about the Dante project, teaching at Lincoln, and the duality of progress and loss.

The Typographic Dante is currently on at the National Centre for Design and Craft, and the Southbank Centre.

london’s best design event(s)

June 23, 2019

It’s official. Not only free (and cheap) but one of London’s best design events.

The Typographic Dante is on at the South Bank Centre until the end of the month.

More events can be found here:

And don’t forget, when you get there…

Thanks to Catherine Dixon for the photo.

eye on gundog

June 16, 2019

A big thank you to Eye Magazine for including Imogen Van Goethem’s lovely Artists’ Book GunDog in (Typographic) Noted #92.

We’ve made a few appearances in the blog over the years – in 2012 there was a pointed comment about our old website home page design (a series of colour roundels, with no obvious navigation), 2014 saw Robert Mason’s Other People’s Dogs get a mention, in 2010 Barrie wrote a piece called Electro Library Dreams, about the coming of age of El Lissitzky’s 1923 Manifesto and Word Disco‘s typographic frippery slipped into Books received #27 (type books). In 2012 the last British-made typewriter, the CM-1000, found a home in London’s Science Museum collection and coincidentally, Eye received Barrie’s Artists’ Book The Onion Merz Poem Number Eight, which was wrapped in a typewritten paper sleeve. Of course, it was.

The Typographic Dante exhibition in Dublin (2017) was featured in Bubbles Black as Ink, but our oldest mentions go to FlatPack and All Points North which were listed as far back as 2007.

More recently, in 2016, Jeremy Noel-Tod reviewed The New Concrete (Hayward Publishing), which Barrie was very proud to be a part of and finally, our student subscriptions were featured recently in Eye on Campus.

Not sure we’ve ever made it inside the actual magazine yet mind. Oh well, early days.


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.




2016 artists’ books top 10

November 30, 2016

We received news this week that Philippa’s recent collaboration with Tamar MacLellan – Meeting in the Middle – has been selected for Sarah Bodman’s 2016 Top 10. The complete list appears as part of Sarah’s artists’ book series for a-n (the artists information company). We are told the order is based on the editor’s preference for mixing images – see link below.


barrie’s book is in a book…

October 31, 2014


Some time ago, back in 2011 in fact, we had an e-mail from Dr. Annette Gilbert. She said that she was organising a conference and writing about ‘Appropriated Literatures’ and she wondered if we could send a copy of The Ghost in the Fog for inclusion in the book.

Well. The book – Reprint Appropriation (&) Literature is now out in the bookshops, and Annette kindly sent us a copy – and a very fine thing it is indeed.

The Ghost in the Fog (cover)

The Ghost in the Fog (spreads)


The Ghost in the Fog is in very good company, the book has a huge amount of works covering many different forms of appropriation – as she saysSince the 1960s, writers have radically challenged the notion of originality and creativity in literature. They stopped writing new texts for their books and instead drew upon pre-existing books: canonical texts of world literature or intellectual history are transcribed by hand, edited, altered, alphabetically arranged or simply copied and republished under one’s own name. By now Appropriation Literature amounts to a critical mass that has generated its own tradition. The present anthology is the first to give an international overview of the phenomenon, presenting 126 books and projects by over 90 authors.

Included is Derek Beaulieu’s Flatland (which, as you may know, is one of Barrie’s favourite books).



And of course the great Tom Phillips’ A HUMUMENT

Tom Phillips


It also includes a work based on another book close to Barrie’s heart: In this Dark Wood by Elisabeth Tonnard. The book ‘is a modern gothic’, Tonnard paired ‘images of people walking alone in night-time city streets with 90 different English translations collected from the first lines of Dante’s Inferno’.


This Dark Wood


There are a host of other works in the book, and to choose one above another would be doing Annettes’s encyclopaedic research a disservice. So, delve in. The book is available on Amazon. Just one click away…

And no, we’re not on commission.


in short

June 2, 2014

Sorry it’s been a while since we last posted, but pressures of our day jobs has meant time has been rather limited; that’s not to say we haven’t been busy at the Caseroom. Here in short is what we’ve been up to:

jan cabinet use jan plan

Jantze Tullett had an exhibition of her work at the Sam Scorer Gallery in Lincoln. She was exhibiting both her ink drawings and printmaking pieces. Alongside this she produced a series of concertina books containing work drawn from the various themes she has been exploring (available from Big Cartel). Jantze has collaborated with Philippa before, on the Inherited Sewing Box and The Washing Line Book.

Philippa has had two of her books (Delia taught me to cook and Objects of others) purchased by Sarah Bodman at UWE for their library collection. Details of her work are also featured in the May/June edition of ARLIS.
Delia new cover

There have been further reviews of Barrie’s wonderful book – namely the design observer and brain pickings – see links below.

metro 2014…

April 22, 2014



photo 2

Well, will you look at that. We’re in The Metro. Circulation 1,352,699… 

Plus the one Barrie’ll be getting for the office wall. Obviously.

Thanks to Tasha for the photos and to Joanna, Hayley, Keira and Lewis for the heads-up.

photo 1


Barrie would like to point out that Flora Stacey’s Butterfly piece isn’t the first known example of Art-typing, but she was the first person to find fame as a Typewriter Artist, and eight pieces of her work were included as part of the Bar-Lock Typewriter Exhibition in the Chicago World’s Fair of 1893.

As you can imagine, he can get a little boring in the office.

ribbons of delight…

February 28, 2013

ribbons and papers

As you may (or probably may not) know, Barrie grew up in East London, and not too far  from him were the delights of Ilford – home, he’s discovered, of  Mayfair Stationers.

And what a wonderful stationers they are too – they sell coloured typewriter ribbons and typewriter correction papers. oh yes.

Black and white ribbons, purple ribbons, blue ribbons, green papers, rose papers, blue papers, aero-papers…


Tipp-Ex back

Looking at the slight colourings of age on the packages, I’m guessing they’ve had them in stock for a while. So buy now if you’re going to buy.

black and white

Of course it would have made more sense to keep it to himself…

Thanks also to Hans and Veronica at baseline, who included A Poem to Philip Glass in their recommended books page.

baseline caption

snap-pack (or something old, something new)

February 4, 2013
photo : Richard Bryant /

photo : Richard Bryant /

Something new first. Ken Cockburn‘s Snapdragon has had some nice reviews. See these links for details:

Not only is the book ‘full of surprises’ and ‘clever and compelling’, but Sally Evans’ Poetry Scotland Review says that ‘Snapdragon is one of the prettiest small books I have seen for a while. Cover designer Jantze Tullett has come up with a repeat and border pattern with related end-papers that truly welcome you to the book’ – in their ‘Recommendations for Librarians,’ the Scottish Poetry Library  says that ‘The Caseroom Press love designing books (book design nuts, see their blog and drool).’ So everyone’s happy. Great poetry, great translations, great cover and great design. The Goethe Institute London have also bought a copy of their very own. That’s them in the picture. That’s where their copy of the book lives.

Apart from all that, an old favourite has also had a new lease of life – FlatPack is part of the We Love Your Books special collection of altered & experimental books.  The collection is held at the University of Northampton – Avenue Campus Library. FlatPack was one of the first Caseroom Press books we ever published. It was the first one to win an award and, at one point, it was selling for £500 on Abe (True! We were so amazed we even took a screenshot). As I write this, there’s one for £96… we’ve still got a couple of copies we’ll part with for £90.