It’s General Election Day. I recently stopped to think about the experience of voting and realised that typography is all around us on the day, and is very important to the whole process. For example, take the ubiquitous “Polling Station” sign that sits placidly outside your local place to vote. It’s probably one of the most-seen signs in the country. Whether you’re of voting age or a child going along with your parents, the chances are that you have seen this sign. I’ve rounded up some information and thoughts on the typography behind Election Day.
I’ve been working in Leipzig since Monday, a city I have never visited before. As with any business trip, I meticulously planned my stationery everyday carry. I’m attending a summit consisting of several talks, panel sessions and technical visits, so my stationery carry is geared towards easy notetaking and brainstorming.
Spring has been a long time coming in London and in some ways I feel like we missed it! We went from grey, squally and chilly to bright, sunny and hot. Still though, I’ve been celebrating spring through four new ink choices that I’ve been bringing into rotation since the beginning of April.
We returned recently from a couple of weeks in the country of my dreams, Japan. Japan is such a photogenic country. Everything is interesting. It’s been fun, albeit hard work, sorting through the thousands of photos we brought back with us, although it is joyful to relive it. I’ll be publishing a photo diary of our trip, starting with the theme of Streets of Japan, the first places that any new visitor to a country really sees.
Do you ever look at the stationery you’re using and wonder how it came to be? I do. With this in mind, I recently visited G.F Smith, a paper maker. I had come across G.F Smith online when reading about various paper projects so when I saw that they have a space you can visit and a gorgeous paper art installation, I popped over one lunchtime to visit this Great British company.
In November last year I entered a competition at the newly-opened Design Museum in London, to win a NotAnotherBill gift subscription. And I won! Three months of complementary gifts came in the post, and today I’m reviewing what I received. Also, for the first time on The London Parchment I’m hosting a giveaway, to pay my luck forward that I had when I won this gift subscription.
Field Notes have just released the new Utility edition so our favourite brand are fresh on our minds. In the spirit of Field Notes season, I’m starting a mini-series, which will cover my favourite editions, and my not-so-favourites, as well as some of the ways that I’ve used some of my Field Notes in the past. I’m starting on a high with my favourite Field Notes edition: Shenandoah, the Fall 2015 COLORS edition.
As I mentioned in my Stationery-Related New Year’s Resolutions post, in 2017 I will be using seasonal shades of ink in my fountain pens to encourage me to use my ink pens more, to make better use of the inks in my collection and to bring through the seasons within my journaling and notetaking. Today I am sharing my winter inks and their fountain pen pairings that will see me through until the end of February.
Happy New Year! Today I’m sharing some stationery and craft-related items from my New Year’s Resolutions. Hopefully there will be lots of opportunities throughout 2017 to update The London Parchment with how I’m getting on with them.
So what are my stationery to-dos for 2017?
Did you notice my gorgeous wood-mounted rubber stamps in my homemade Christmas cards post? Well, if you’re ever in Bloomsbury I heartily suggest you make a trip to one of my favourite shops in the area, Blades Rubber Stamps. For those of you who wish to team this up with some of the best Bloomsbury sights, I’ve added a footnote at the bottom of this post with a recommended route.