A publication presenting an overview of the work of Samoan-born New Zealand-based alphabet and advertising designer Joseph Churchward . The publication compiles archive material, correspondence, realised and un-realised designwork, alphabet designs and in-dispersed with essays surrounding aspects of Churchward’s practice by New Zealand and overseas writers and designers. It attempts to tell a story in process of New Zealand’s most prolific designer of letters to date.
11.7.2013 Te Papa - Museum of New Zealand has published a dedication text I have written to Joseph. The text is titled 'A plastic curve wrote 'possibilities'' and is written through a pair of Joseph's french curves that were gifted to me by the Churchward family. Read it here. Special thanks to the Churchward family, Sarah Farrah, Hannah Newport-Watson and Te Papa for asking.
26.4.2013 Dedicated to the work of Joseph Churchward, 1932 (Apia, Samoa) – 2013 (Wellington, New Zealand). Thank you Joseph, i'll miss you.
27.2.2012 JC makes the pre-selection for the 2012 Brno Biennial exhibition.
3.10.2011 A short essay centred on Joseph Churchward's extended type-family 'Design' will be published in the July issue [#6] of London based magazine It's Nice That.
26.9.2011 The Joseph Churchward book is included in the exhibition Graphic Design: Now in Production, curated by Ellen Lupton and Andrew Blauvelt, at the Walker Arts Center, Minneapolis, USA from October 23 2011–January 22, 2012.
17.3.2011 Another presentation concentrating on the production process designed for the Joseph Churchward book, at Split Fountain [s/f], Auckland, New Zealand.
11.1.2011 Presentation concentrating on the production process designed for the Joseph Churchward book, at Typographische Gesellschaft, Vienna, Austria.
04.9.2010 Participation in the seminar: The Social Life of the Book, curated by castillo/corrales, Vleeshal, Middenburg, NL. With Thomas Boutoux, Will Holder, Francois Piron, Benjamin Thorel, Linda van Deursen and Kim West.
02.10.2009 The Joseph Churchward book has been included in the 2009 selection of the Dutch Best Verzorgde Boeken.
01.10.2009 The Joseph Churchward book has been announced as the winner of the 2010 Walter Tiemann Prize. The public award ceremony will take place at the Academy of Visual Arts Leipzig on March 18, 2010 at 7 pm.
Softcover, 297 x 210 mm
278 pages, plus dustjacket + photograph insert
Offset, Waterless offset, Xerox, Web-offset printing
Edition. 550 + 25 (unbound)
Edited and designed by David Bennewith
Texts by David Bennewith, Rebecca Roke, Daniel van der Velden and Paul Elliman. Photographs by Ann Shelton and David Bennewith.
Published by Clouds, Jan van Eyck Academie and Colophon
Metropolis M, 'Particular faces. Joseph Churchward's typeface design'
Graphic, 'Best Book Competition Issue'
Frieze Magazine, 'Joseph Churchward'
Prodesign, 'Full Character Set'
The Age, 'Typographer's creations are letters of distinction'