One of the perks of commissioning for the Lund Humphries list is that it requires intermittent escape from the office to engage with like-minded individuals who, like me, are keen to stoke their imaginations and seek out new ideas and make fresh connections. Last week I swapped my laptop for a fascinating conference at the V&A where I joined artists, designers and academics to hear a range of speakers explore the past, present and future of the poster. The packed programme featured talks by Lund Humphries’ authors Catherine Moriarty and Scott Anthony while delegates included Daniel and Naomi Games and Pat Schleger, our collaborators on Abram Games, Graphic Designer: Maximum Meaning, Minimum Means and Zero: Hans Schleger, A Life of Design respectively. As well as seeing some familiar faces, the event also provided valuable opportunities for me to talk to potential new authors and publishing partners – I hope that some of the connections made last week will translate into new book projects that will complement our existing books on Games and Schleger and our impressive collaborations with the London Transport Museum (London Transport Posters) and British Airways (British Aviation Posters). Armed with a good clutch of business cards and with my mind buzzing with ideas, it’s back to the laptop to start transforming invigorating conversations into new book proposals. Watch this space!
Lucy Clark, Commissioning Editor
British Aviation Posters by Scott Anthony and Oliver Green. 2012. Hardback. 200 pages. 151 colour and 30 b&w illustrations. £35 / $70
London Transport Posters: A Century of Art and Design, edited by David Bownes and Oliver Green. 2011. Paperback. 240 pages. 240 colour and 30 b&w illustrations. £19.99 / $40