We’ve just received our gorgeous sample of the Fedrigoni 365 book, from esteemed paper supplier Fedrigoni UK. We were asked to contribute to the project; an unprecedented collaboration involving 365 designers, illustrators and photographers from throughout the UK, including such luminaries as Anthony Burrill, Cartlidge Levene, Pentagram and Wolff Olins. A limited edition of 500 copies are also being sold, with profits going to Shelter, to help fight against homelessness and poor housing in the UK.
Each participant was asked to contribute a piece of work interpreting a 2019 date. This could be either a literal or an abstract interpretation; influenced by anything to do with the given number, date or time of year, but ensuring the allocated number was a core element of the design - to create a book of numbers, or graphics influenced by numbers. Confines were established to challenge contributor's creativity, by restricting the book to one colour print (PMS 8403C) forcing pieces to focus strictly on concept, shape and form - “creating a beautiful visual story whose pace varies from page to page, and spread to spread.”
We were assigned 7 October, with our design referencing the similarity of 7 to the T of October; becoming the 7th of October, with the numbers either side relating to the number of calendar days before/after 7 October. Each date had a spread of its own, printed to one of ten white sheets from Fedrigoni’s expansive collection of papers, creating a mille-feuille-like layering and resulting with an imposing tome - part numeral muse, part source of historic facts and part thing of beauty.