Blackpool has a certain place in the British psyche that is probably quite mystifying to outsiders, The seaside town is associated with a very particular type of UK holiday experience; smutty but silly, sleazy but in a charming way. It has nostalgic connotations of the resort golden age but also a contemporary cache too, a hedonistic enclave in an increasingly homogenised country.
It was the prefect spot for artist Gordon Young and design studio Why Not Associates to create a celebration of the UK’s comedy heritage, but they surpassed all expect ions with the staggering achievement of The Comedy Carpet. Across 2,200 square metres and using 160,000 individually-cut letters, this amazing piece of quintessentially British outdoor art celebrates the work of more than 1,000 comedians, from music hall characters of yesteryear right up to today’s stadium-filling superstars.
Now this gorgeous new book brings to life this brilliant piece, packed with beautiful imagery, initial sketches, behind-the-scenes photos and procedural insights to give you a sense of the massive undertaking. If you’re a fan of comedy, art or graphic design this is a tremendous addition to your bookshelf.
- American Studies: Jeremy Liebman unpacks his father’s photography archive
- Christian Pardini's Studio Flat creates neat type-based posters, postcards and identity design
- Lynnie Zulu decorates her exotic characters in punchy hues and patterns
- Mark Manzi makes a spectacle of spectators at the Queen’s 90th Birthday
- French studio Large’s confident and consistent designs for electronic music mag Trax
- New work from Supermundane show Everything Connects
- Don't Hug Me I'm Scared - an exclusive interview with Duck, Red Guy and Yellow Guy
- The Imperfection Booklets by O.OO explain the nuances of Risograph printing
- Reactions to the referendum and our weekly Best of the Web
- Babak Ganjei paints 90s sitcom sitting rooms. But which one's which?
- Pop, subcultures and the future of graphic design: an interview with Experimental Jetset
- Oliver Curtis photographs the world’s most famous monuments, the wrong way round