Cory Doctorow at 3:47 am Mon, Feb 8, 2010
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I love the irony. Pushing change with five-hundred-year-old technology.
Amos Kennedy, the bad ass printer in Gordo, Alabama, would point out that the printed word is the only real interactive media left. You let tv and the internet happen to you, but you have to interact physically with the printed word. 500 year old tech is nothing to sneeze at.
The labels on those type cases (and the ‘Brighton, England’) make me think this is where I take evening classes. Will try to find out during this week’s lesson.
This is admitedly nicer than the version that came into my head after seeing idiots wearing the original:
“Shut up and fuck off”
Who are Flowers & Fleurons? link please. and you spelt their name wrong, needs an S.
“Get all excited and go to a yawning festival.”
The problem is, I’d do anything a sign set in ITC Johnston told me to do, including
Hi – its not itc johnston; its made by original stephenson blake Gill Sans – very diff. to the digital version.
Flowers & Fleurons
Can’t find this lot anywhere, and I’d love to have a number for them since I’m in Brighton, England! Any chance of a link?
Original image directly from the creator’s Flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/8286330@N03/4322042366/
The posters are up on folksy and etsy now under the shop names of flowersandfleurons; you can contact me directly on email@example.com
If you like this you should check out renegade letterpress printer Amos Kennedy in Alabama. Amos Kennedy had some oddly similar signs printed which read “Proceed and Be Bold” (which is also the name of an excellent documentary about him. You can see the poster image here http://kennedyprints.com/images7/proceed.jpg) Check out his work at http://kennedyprints.com and the documentary is at http://www.etsy.com/storque/handmade-life/proceed-and-be-bold-a-documentary-3780/
IF you want something printed by him, his instructions are “Printing is what we do. You send the text and a check, and go home and pray. We do not know what will happen until we are at the press. The design of your poster is determined in real time. Sometimes we produce beautiful posters and at other times we produce BEAUTIFUL posters.”
Interesting how the phrase
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON
can have, as its opposite, both:
BE EXCITED AND CHANGE THINGS
PANIC AND GIVE UP
I actually think only “PANIC AND GIVE UP” is an opposite to the spirit of the original. Staying rational, cheerful, and determined is not the opposite of “changing things,” just the opposite of changing things out of fear (or, perhaps, “excitement”).
The poster is available for Â£20.00 from their Folksy website:
Could maybe put the link in the main article?
It’s worth heading over to the flickr comment thread and geting a load of the artist’s… uh… “unique” view of copyright law.
The geek in me thinks that if we’re going to update the original, we should also change it to a queen’s crown instead of a king’s crown.
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