Founded in 1957, the Wynkyn de Worde Society is ‘dedicated to excellence in all forms of printing’. Each year they ask a different member to be their Honorary Designer, and I took on that role in 2015. The society holds a series of lunchtime and evening talks across the year, so I created a set of booking forms to advertise the talks and events, as well as a series of keepsakes for members to have at the end of each talk.
Daniel Mason gave a brilliant talk about his work researching, developing and manufacturing facsimile record sleeves for Joy Division. Unknown Pleasures was Joy Division’s debut album, and it featured Peter Saville’s iconic sleeve design. Famously, the illustration used on the cover came from The Cambridge Encyclopaedia of Astronomy, and represents successive pulses from CP1919, the first ever discovered pulsar. (More recently, Jen Christiansen, art director of information graphics at Scientific American, did a bit of detective work, and found out that the image was originally created by Harold Craft for his PhD thesis.) I did a bit of digging around and found a copy of the Encyclopaedia for sale on AbeBooks. A few days later I had the book open on page 111, and there was the original image.