These are a refreshing step away from the type of material normally associated with churches. They’re bright and lively, and display strong visual elements without being too commanding. The key word here is approachable. It makes sense that if you’re trying to appeal to people, what you’re feeding them should look well, appealing.
The Rules for the Conduct of Life was a somewhat dusty old book first published in 1740 as a set of standards for Freemen of The City of London. St Lawrence Jewry is the official church of The City of London and it’s vicar Canon David Parrott recently translated the text into modern English. We were approached by David to design the new edition; we saw great potential making it sensitive to contemporary needs.
Leadership and business management are now issues of great concern for the public, politicians and the national media. In its modern guise the language of The Rules is straightforward and very human. As a response I set in type some challenges to good conduct found in everyday business. I tried to add whit through choice of language and humanity by setting it as if it were thought or spoken. This typography features on the selection of dust jackets. Most of the book is light in ornamentation, with limited use of colour on humble 50gsm bible paper. The red is carried over from the previous edition in recognition of the books provenance. The book was printed CMY with a special black ink on papers provided by Fenner Paper.The books are available to buy from the Church.
1. Substituting a process black for a Pantone was a new trick for me and worked well.
2. Amazing co-operation from our favourite paper company really helped get accurate mock-ups, and weigh up the options for the best finish.
3. All my colleagues really are fantastic.
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