SIMON FOSTER

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Shakespeare & Milton Glaser

Jul 09 2012

As a pretty non-webby web designer I usu­ally seek my inspi­ra­tion away from the inter­tubes in the more tan­gi­ble realms of dusty old second-hand book stores. I was down in Brighton a few weeks ago at the Amper­sand con­fer­ence (which I thor­oughly enjoyed and rec­om­mend BTW) and stum­bled across this set of Signet Clas­sic Henry VI books in such a book store (see below).

The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers. — Henry VI, Part 4, 2 .59

The cov­ers were done by Mil­ton Glaser in 1967 and reflect the psy­che­delic feel of the time. I really love how the quite for­mal typog­ra­phy works with the sim­ple, half-finished yet col­or­ful illustrations.

Shakespeare, Henry VI & Milton Glaser

Shakespeare, Henry VI & Milton Glaser

Shakespeare, Henry VI & Milton Glaser

There shall be in Eng­land seven half­penny loaves sold for a penny; the three-hooped pot shall have ten hoops; and I will make it felony to drink small beer. — Henry VI, Part 2, 4. 2