Ross Mantle
April 12th 2012

Received a lovely photographic booklet yesterday from Ross Mantle, a photographer I hadn’t come across before. In The Wake is a ‘multi-year exploration of the decaying, post-industrial grit of Western Pennsylvania’s Mon Valley’, and it contains some beautiful images of the photographer’s home town. You can see more of Ross’ work here, including some ace pics of A$AP Rocky.

POSTED BY: nodaysoff at 13:51 PM
Filed Under: Print, Seen

January 24th 2012

When we moved into our new studio, we saw it as a good opportunity to refresh our identity and get some new stationery printed. But we still had a load of our old stationery left, as well as some prints we had made that we wanted to get rid of. Being mindful of waste, we decided to pulp it all in order to make a new batch of paper, and then print our new stationery on that. We saw it as a more direct form of recycling – no middle man involved.

It all seemed pretty abvious to us, but like all seemingly simple ideas, it proved to be less than straightforward. Most of the people we approached said they couldn’t do it. But then Justin at Fenner put us on to Jim Patterson of Two Rivers Paper, and all our paper pulping prayers were answered. Here’s a film of all our old stuff being mashed up.

Adams of Rye completed the project in their usual fine style using traditional hand-set metal type.

Thanks to James Boughen for the factory footage.

Thanks also to Gavin at Creative Review for the write up.

POSTED BY: nodaysoff at 21:09 PM
Filed Under: Print, Work

Wait a minute Mr Postman!
November 10th 2011

We recently made a little mailer to send to people to let them know that we’ve moved into a new studio. We got it printed by Ditto Press, who have an office just a few doors down from us on Shacklewell Lane.

We did two variations on the same design, one for us and one for our agent, East Photographic. Both have a grid of work images in blue on one side. The No Days Off version shows a load of bright pink boxes stacked up on the reverse; the East one has a collection of gold picture frames.

We printed the mailers on Redeem 70gsm (100% recycled), which means that when you hold them up to the light, you can see the work sitting inside the boxes or frames.

Ditto Press specialise in risograph printing. A risograph is basically like a really big, really cool photocopier. It’s a great, cost effective way to print small runs.

And it’s lots of fun.

POSTED BY: nodaysoff at 15:15 PM
Filed Under: Print, Work

October 10th 2011

We were asked to make a new typographic print for a recent exhibition at AMV BBDO. It was an open brief, which always makes it a lot harder. But after a few false starts, this is what we came up with.

We took the opportunity to use some our our own exclusive ‘Hatred’ paper stock, which we recently had made by Two Rivers Paper in Somerset. The stock is 300gsm and was made by pulping all our unused stationery from our old studio, so it’s 100% recycled, but in a much more direct way. It’s off-white and has a really nice fleck in it – if you use a loupe, you can probably spot some bits of our old business cards in there. We’ll post some images and video of the whole process soon.

You can buy one of these prints in our Shop – it’s an edition of 25.

Here are some images of the prints being printed, kindly supplied by James at Tru Forme.

POSTED BY: nodaysoff at 19:46 PM
Filed Under: For sale, Print

Rock Rock
July 1st 2011

We’ve made some new prints. They’re part of a series we’re calling ‘Rock Rock’, for obvious reasons. They are partly a comment on the dominance of white male rock stars in contemporary culture and the increasing homogeneity of rock music – once a powerful revolutionary medium, now a commercialised by-product of our capitalist society – and partly an excuse to put funny rocks on Elvis’ head.

They are available to buy now, along with our other prints, at our new online Shop. Thanks to Alex at Pumkin for getting it all online.


Rolling Stone
Jailhouse Rock
Punk Rock
C-type photographic prints on Fuji Crystal Archive matt paper.
Editions of 25, signed and numbered. 10 x 14 inches. £40 + P&P

POSTED BY: Patrick at 13:56 PM
Filed Under: For sale, Print, Work

June 21st 2011

Bought a copy of this magazine purely for the cover – wanted to use it as a reference for a job we were working on. Saw immediately that it was printed with care on beautiful paper but assumed that, like most magazines of this kind that I buy, I would look at it once, see that it was a nice design thing, and then put it on the shelf with all our other nice design things and never open it again.

Glad to say that this didn’t happen. Qompendium is definitely a nice design thing, but it’s also totally engrossing and unlike any magazine I’ve picked up in a long while. I found it to be like a really well curated print version of an online experience – it’s easy to browse through, stopping when you find something you like, but also easy to ‘link’ in to other articles. The selection of imagery is brilliant, with pics from the celebrity archives of Deborah Feingold and Douglas Kirkland mixed in with beautiful shots of space exploration and NASA technology. Stars and stars basically.

As if that weren’t enough, you get a load of great interviews, some top drawer fashion, a bunch of free cards and a nice two-colour Ben Watts poster. There’s a limited edition hardbound version if you want to go really nuts, but the regular one is boss anyway. Go gerrit.

POSTED BY: nodaysoff at 21:26 PM
Filed Under: Found, Print

Hujar to the Hopper
May 30th 2011

I was lucky enough to receive two great photography books as gifts recently. The first was a retrospective of the work of Peter Hujar, published by Scalo. Hujar was a photographer very out of step with the times he lived in. When everyone else in the seventies and eighties was abandoning traditional materials and trying to deal with structure and sequence, he carried on doing what he did best: concentrating on one thing at a time.

Most of his photographs are singular; a cow, a dog, a person, a shoe. Each one appears in the same square format, and they are all amazingly still without seeming posed; serene, austere, undramatic. There are mental patients, guys cruising at the pier and the park, corpses and cocks: but also wild horses, babies and beautiful shots of the water on the Hudson River.

The only well-known image in the book is Candy Darling On Her Deathbed, used by Anthony & The Johnsons on their first album cover. But there are plenty of other NY luminaries – John Waters, Ray Johnson, Susan Sontag, Warhol, of course – to demonstrate just how well connected this guy was. Hujar was a great influence on the work of Mapplethorpe and Nan Goldin, among others, and is well worth investigating if you’re into that kind of modern photography stuff.

The other book was much heavier. Dennis Hopper’s Photographs 1961-1967 is published by Taschen, and is another one of their coffee table books that could almost function as a coffee table. Warhol pops up here too, but this time we’re hanging out on the West Coast and it’s all a bit more free and easy (rider), man. There’s another indie album reference here: The Smiths used Hopper’s moody bikers for one of their many Best Ofs.

Unlike Hujar’s silent reflection, this is a book to immerse yourself in, and as well as the sex, beaches, art, rock stars, motorbikes and advertisments, there are some fascinating articles about Hopper’s involvement on the LA art scene and his relationship with James Dean, who apparently told all his friends that they should take up another hobby alonside their day job. Hopper chose photography, and the rest is history, baby.


POSTED BY: Patrick at 19:31 PM
Filed Under: Print, Random

Music Hath Charms
April 20th 2011

Loren at Loligo sent us these production shots of the sleeve we’ve designed for the first ever release on Music Hath Charms, a new electronic label set up by Johnny and Daniel from Loose Fit. There’ll be a CD single with remixes by Coma and Snoretex, as well as a bonus mix CD.

Instead of doing a boring old wallet, the discs will be attached to a 12 inch piece of hand screened, 100% recycled coloured Cairn board. It’s a strictly limited edition of fifty, and there are five colours to choose from. Check the Loose Fit site for more deets.

POSTED BY: Patrick at 16:24 PM
Filed Under: Friends, Music, Print

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