Illustrator Ryan Todd has created this set of four letterpress coasters, exclusively for the recently set up online store, New Found Original. Each coaster features a bird, but look again, there’s something a bit weird about each of them…
Yes, the duck’s beak appears to be tied on with string, the swift looks as if it’s been shot down by enemy aircraft but is going doing in a blaze of glory; the owl is a lesser spotted three-eyed, double beak owl, and the parrot appears to be engaging in a spot of topsy turvy meditation.
The set of four coasters is actually the first original product produced by New Found Original. “We’re friends with Ryan from uni and have known him for years,” says Jo Murray, one half of the duo behind the new online store. “We approached him to do some coasters and together came up with the idea of letterpressing them. Ryan came up with the birds idea, we discussed colours together and then had the coasters printed by Studio On Fire in Minneapolis.”
Murray and New Found Original partner, Dominic Bell set up shop a month ago (homepage shown above) and if you haven’t already had a butchers at New Found Original, we can thoroughly recommend that you do. It’s a very nicely designed webshop full of graphic items from vintage milk bottle tops, old football programs, tote bags, magazines, and other tactile design goodies both new and old. “All the stock comes from various places,” Murray tells us, “second hand bookshops, markets, and sometimes from our own shelves and collections of graphic ephemera.”
The June issue of CR features a major retrospective on BBH and a profile piece on the agency’s founder, Sir John Hegarty. Plus, we have a beautiful photographic project from Jenny van Sommers, a discussion on how illustrators can maintai a long-term career, all the usual discussion and debate in Crit plus our Graduate Guide packed with advice for this year’s college leavers.
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