“All the World’s a Page”

March 16, 2011 at 7:54 pm Leave a comment

I recently discovered a really interesting shop called “All the World’s a Page” – which I’d like to share with you in honor of my extreme excitement about seeing the show “Sleep No More” tomorrow night.

All the World’s a Page’s wonderfully executed shtick is that they fit the whole of a narrative onto a single page. Their website kicks off with: “Once upon a time we asked ourselves a peculiar question: could you fit an entire literary work onto a single poster? Would it still be legible? What would it reveal about the hidden structures and rhythms of the text? And how impressed would our friends be if we tried it out? So we did and they were mighty impressed.”

The Tragedy of Macbeth. Two-colour offset (midnight black / blood red). Word count: 17,084. Typeset in 2.45pt Malaga. Printed on 150g Munken Pure Rough.

Faust – Teil 1 & 2. Two-colour offset (poodle black / ginko green). Word count: 88,567. Typeset in 4pt Malaga. Printed on 150g Munken Pure Rough.

Sleep No More” is a production by my all-time-favorite theater group Punchdrunk, with whom I fell in love when I saw their 2006 production of “Faust” at 21 Wapping Lane in London. The show I’m seeing tomorrow is here in New York, and (as you may have guessed) its roots are in Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The biggest reason that I love Punchdrunk’s work is because they create an astonishingly full sense of traveling into the world of the story. You could say that they fit the whole of a narrative into a single building.

March 16’s daily design idea is what other physical forms can contain a literary world?


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12 + Adler = actual swooning. Replay: Sleep No More

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