Having worked with Viv and Tony for a previous project in which they recorded their childhood, I had the priviledge of collaborating with them for a second time when they approached me to design and publish their autobiography. Meeting as teenagers and subsequently marrying in 1964, I knew their life story would be a joy to document.
My research was very active, finding vintage maps and Brooke Bond tea cards at a flea market in Walthamstow, as just one example. Although Viv and Tony’s story spans multiple decades, I was keen not to make the book appear ‘vintage’, instead approaching it as a celebration of life through the use of coloured paper and bold typographic composition.
Having wanted to try letterpress for a long time, I visited New North Press in East London to create the outer jacket for the book. This was a very enjoyable process and, as a traditional way of working, creates a considered juxtaposition to the more contemporary book pages.