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New Work: The Book of The Dog

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“Nothing but love has made the dog lose his wild freedom to become the servant of man,” D.H. Laurence.

Society is obsessed with dogs, we love them in our homes, on YouTube and in art. The Book of The Dog by Angus Hyland and Kendra Wilson is a book for the doggy inclined, showcasing canine art and illustrations from around the world. The book features all kinds of canines from mastiffs to retrievers to pugs, by all kinds of artists from Goya to Freud to Hockney.

The Pocket Canons Giveaway

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A few weeks ago, Angus Hyland was searching through his archives when he came across a complete series of The Pocket Canons. In the spirit of giving, we’ve decided to donate the series to one of you through a Twitter competition.

To enter, Tweet @Pentagram with the answer to the following question: Who wrote the introduction to The Epistles of James, Peter, John and Jude in the Pocket Canons series? 

New Work: ‘Alan Kitching’s A-Z of Letterpress’

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Graphic designer, typographer, letterpress printmaker and teacher, Alan Kitching is internationally renowned for his expressive use of letterpress type processes. His latest book, Alan Kitching’s A-Z of Letterpress, showcases the extensive wood-letter fount collection of The Typography Workshop.

The book is a collaboration between Kitching and Angus Hyland. In 2014, Hyland approached Kitching with the proposal of hand-setting letterpress alphabets to celebrate the Typographic Workshop’s 25th Anniversary. Together they devised a page layout and Kitching set the entire book, which is printed on letterpress and then reproduced at the same size.

A Pentagram Production: The Poems of Henry Ponder

Naresh Ramchandani explains how we came to make a short film about one of Britain’s most thoughtful, but lesser known, poets. 

I don’t know about you, but my life affords me barely any time to think. The amount of attention I give to my family, my work and to my other duties and pleasures – all manifest through unending calls, meetings, texts, emails and to do lists which never seem to shorten – leaves me precious little time for contemplation. It wasn’t always so.

When I was younger, I used to consider the world around me, and notice things, and think things, such as no matter when you reach a place, your nose will have got there first, or the fact that a stopped clock will tell the right time twice a day. These were not idle thoughts but simple reflections on a world which I had time to attend to, be mindful of and curious about.

That’s why it was such a pleasure last year to discover a minor poet by the name of Henry Ponder, a man tweeting very short daily poems in which he contemplated his everyday world. Henry wrote about the restorative nature of sweeping a floor, and the brusqueness of the language of warning signs, and the inner-softness and vulnerability of a pain au raisin, and more. As I followed his poems, they became mini-mediations not just in his day but mine, reminding me think beyond my immediate preoccupations; reminding me to stop and smell life’s proverbial flowers.

I decided that this unknown poet deserved to be better known. I contacted him on Twitter and arranged to meet him. In person, he was a small, shy man shy with unkempt hair and thick-rimmed glasses. When I suggested the idea of making a very short film about him, he thought for a while, and then said “That would be kind.”

New Work: ‘The Sick Bag Song’

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Angus Hyland has designed Nick Cave’s latest book, The Sick Bag Song. Written during Cave’s 22-city tour of North America in 2014, the book reproduces in full colour 22 sick bags filled Cave’s scribbles about his encounters. Sitting somewhere between the styles of The Wasteland and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the book provides an intimate insight into Cave’s imaginative universe.

Mulberry: From England With Love

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From England with Love is a new 48-page booklet by Mulberry that was designed, edited and written in collaboration with Angus Hyland and his team. The book tells the story of the brand’s heritage, creative philosophy and dedication to English craftsmanship.

Founded in 1971 by Roger Saul with a birthday gift of £500, Mulberry has grown into Britain’s largest manufacturers of leather goods. From their two factories in Somerset they have produced a series of iconic bags, each known for their use of natural leathers, their shapes and their names – Roxanne, Bayswater, Alexa, Lilly and Cara.

Throughout the years, Mulberry’s blend of Somerset’s countryside style and London’s city chic has been influenced by collaborations with fashion’s elite, including Luella Bartley, Giles Deacon, Stuart Vevers, Alexa Chung and Cara Delevingne.