Frank Newfeld (l) and Dennis Reid at David Mirvish Books on Art (Toronto). October, 2008. Photo by Don McLeod.
Guy Upjohn (l) and Frank Newfeld at David Mirvish Books on Art (Toronto). October, 2008. Photo by Don McLeod.
Susan Colberg (l), Jason Dewinetz and Tim Inkster (r) judging the 26th Annual Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. Vancouver. April, 2008. Photo by Jason Vanderhill.
Jim Rimmer (l), Rod McDonald, Glenn Goluska and Stan Bevington (r) at the Gaspereau Press Wayzgoose in Kentville, NS, October, 2008. Photo by Will Rueter.
Bill Toye (l) and Frank Newfeld at A Different Drummer Books (Burlington). September, 2008. Photo by Richard Bachmann.
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Paul here. I hope all is well with PQ. We were in Erin on Sunday and picked up DA 62 at Renaissance. It’s such a great publication. And I was especially impressed that the issue was devoted to the great Allan Fleming.
When I came back to Canada in 1976 and went into third year OCA, Mr. Fleming taught one of the classes I took. He was probably the most influential person I have ever met — mostly because his passion for design transcended both the corporate and book worlds. He seemed to love hand-made paper or letterpress books as much as designing logos for corporations like CN.
One of the fondest memories of that time has to do with a poster. During that year, he had been approached by some folks from York University who needed a poster design for an Urban Planning conference they were hosting. So Mr. Fleming held a design competition in his class. Fortunately I won. However, the choice of me as the winner was mostly based on the concept and drawing I submitted — the type still had to be applied. Since I was clueless as about type and typesetting, I asked Mr. Fleming for help. He invited me over to his house on Markham Street to discuss it. The following Saturday I arrived there and he invited me in, offered me a Heiniken and proceeded to explain where to put the type, what font to use and which lines should be bigger than the others. A few days later he checked my type mark-up and off it went to the typesetter. Voila! It came back correctly, and I pasted onto the artboard along with my new size-as illustration and lo and behold it was printed like a real big-time job. An epilogue to that story has to do with a trip to Edmonton. A friend and I hitchhiked to Edmonton that summer to get work `out West’ in the oil industry. Our destination was really Fort McMurray but decided to stay in Edmonton and look for work. I went to the Student Job Centre and, unbelievably, there was a summer design job going — the Edmonton Social Planning Council needed someone to design and illustrate a book they had written about social planning. I went to the interview but hadn’t brought any kind of portfolio with me. When Linda, the woman interviewing me, asked if I had samples of my work, I said `No … but you see that poster on the wall of your office? I did that’. Take care and keep up the great work. — Paul Hodgson
`Hi Don: The issue [DA 60] arrived today and I must say, I am very pleased with it. You did a marvelous job laying it out. Beautifully done — simple and austere just as TM would have appreciated. I’m just thrilled with it. I intend to sit down today at lunchtime and read Randall’s article. I am very interested to see what he says of the portfolio. (I’m also just glad to have some reproductions of that rare material finally in my hands). Thanks again. A pleasure to work with you.’ — Seth
‘I just want to say that DA 58 looks awesome! I don’t know how you continue to always produce such eye candy but you do. It is really great. I can’t wait to read David’s article on McClelland & Stewart. Truly, the whole thing is amazing. I am blown away. The front cover! Fantastic!’ — Natalie Shahinian