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10×10

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So this year We Made This is 10 years old. Getting on a bit right? I mean, not quite a teenager, but heading in that direction (so expect some tantrums, angst, and questionable fashion decisions over the next few years).

To celebrate our birthday, we decided to make a book, 10×10, featuring 10 short stories all about the number 10. We produced the book in a limited edition of 100, with 10 different colour covers, of which there are 10 copies each.

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The book is 10″ x 10″ square, and each of the stories is just 10 lines long, and set in 10pt type. Each story title is a single word which ends in the letters ‘t’, ‘e’, and ‘n’. Here are the spreads for the stories Brighten, Heighten, and Often:

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To give you the flavour of it, here’s the first of the stories, BITTEN:

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She was the last.

She hadn’t been anyone special before it all began.

She wasn’t sure how she’d survived so long, but she had.

She’d thought that was a good thing, but now… it seemed more like a curse.

She’d watched as everyone around her had fallen to the sickness.

She remembered how it began with the dogs and cats, their terrible eyes and bloody mouths.

She remembered how it spread to the people, their eyes just as terrible, mouths just as bloody.

She’d hoped for a cure, they all had, but that hope seemed stupid now.

She’d finally been bitten that morning, while searching for water.

She was ten.

 

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The books were beautifully printed by our friends at Benwells, using just a single spot colour - metallic silver (Pantone 877 U). The text was printed on 170gsm Munken Pure Rough, and the covers were printed onto 350gsm Colorplan with a cord emboss. Both stocks are from the good folks at G·F Smith.

We’ve sent the book out as a thank you to all the people who helped us get this far. Here’s to the next 10.

Tooth Fairy Resigns

The Tooth Fairy may be resigning! Here’s Francesca Simon, author of Horrid Henry, telling the beginning of the story.

Francesca’s tale is also featured on the inside wrapper of the Milk Tooth Chocolate bar from Hoxton Street Monster Supplies. It’s a smooth milk chocolate with delicious chunks of delicately roasted milk teeth (a really monstrous treat).

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If you know a young writer, maybe they could come up with the ending? If they send their story to info@monstersupplies.org by 31 December 2014 they’ll be entered into a prize draw to win 30 bars of Milk Tooth Chocolate (enough for a whole class of little monsters!)

Find out more at the Ministry of Stories.

The Ride Journal – Issue 6

The latest issue of The Ride Journal (#6) has just launched, and as always it’s full of a fantastic mix of words, illustrations, and photography about all forms of cycling goodness. (More full than normal in fact, as this is their largest issue to date.)

This issue also includes a piece written and photographed by Alistair all about his ride from Land’s End to John o’ Groats.

You can pick it up from their site, and there’s also a list of stockists over there too.

Laura Dockrill: Over I

~ While Alistair is away cycling the length of Great Britain, we’ve invited twenty disgustingly talented people to each write a post for our blog. To end the series, today’s post is a poem from the particularly fabulous Laura Dockrill. ~

Over I Over I
The hole in the ceiling
Gasping at me
Gazing at me
Crazy for me
A spy in the sky
When I look up high
Over I Over I
Like an eye into my mind
What do you see in my mind?
When you look into my mind
As nimble as the head of a pin
Or a binocular lens
Lazy eyes on me
Gone goggling at me
Gone goggling at me
Now laughing at me
There’s a needle in the ceiling
What you seeing?
There’s a needle in the ceiling
What you seeing?
Through that needle in the ceiling what you seeing
And the clanging of noises
Makes me hear all these voices
Over I Over
I hear all these noises
Gone cut my lights out
Go on cut my lights out
Start making me do things
Start making my choices
Now that tiny black hole does rot
In my eye a knot
In my mind a knot
Cannot follow a jot
I’m not following you but
That peeping tom
Gone voyaging on me
Follow me follow me
Now clamp down on me
Harness me harness me
Judder my
Vice but don’t give me advice
And ignite me
Don’t blind me
Over I Over I
Over I Over I
There’s a needle in my ceiling
What you seeing?
There’s a needle in my ceiling
And it’s breathing.

 

~ Alistair is raising money for Cancer Research UK during his ride – please wander over to his Just Giving page and donate a little cash. ~

D&AD Writing For Design award

So, we’re feeling particularly chuffed this morning, as our work for Hoxton Street Monster Supplies has been nominated for a D&AD award, in their Writing for Design section.

Hoxton Street Monster Supplies is the fantastical shop front which hides the Ministry of Stories, a brilliant writing workshop for kids in east London, inspired by the 826 programme in the USA. We were lucky to work with a great team of writers on the project, as well having contributions from a whole host of volunteers. Here are some pictures from the shop:

The shop sells a full range of supplies for monsters. Here’s a tin from the shop’s range of Tinned Fear – for monsters who need a little extra help when they’re trying to terrify people:

Each tin of fear comes with clear instructions for use:

The shop also stocks a range of food for monsters, including a range of Human Preserves, of which these are the best-sellers:

We’re nominated alongside two other great bits of writing for design, and feel honoured to be in such fine company. Australian designer Christopher Doyle put together this lovely self-promotional piece called This Year I Will Try Not To, in collaboration with Elliott Scott.

And The Chase put together the 1,000 words project promotional campaign for photographer Paul Thompson. They created a series of posters and postcards where Thompson’s photographs are replaced with words. The copy was written by Ben Casey and Lionel Hatch at The Chase, and by Nick Asbury from Asbury & Asbury and Jim Davies from Total Content. Here’s Davies’ piece, from one of Thompson’s shots of a park bench:

Lovely stuff. The awards will be announced at a ceremony on 16 June.