Ian Fleming Publications
The most beautiful bird in Jamaica, and some say the most beautiful bird in the world, is the streamer-tail or doctor humming-bird… Ian Fleming, For Your Eyes Only, 1960
Ian Fleming Publications administers all of Ian Fleming’s literary works, including the James Bond books and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Since Fleming’s death in 1964 it has commissioned new works by leading authors including Kingsley Amis, Sebastian Faulks and William Boyd.
Webb & Webb were tasked with creating a brand identity that could be developed beyond the ‘007’ mark and into licensed products as well as written and audiobooks. The new identity needed to celebrate Ian Fleming the author, his style, his wit, his ‘Englishness’ and not just his most famous creation.
Fleming fell in love with Jamaica during the second world war and built himself a house there calling it Goldeneye, and it was there that he would later spend two months every year from 1952 writing his novels. It was there that he met his wife Anne and where he and his neighbour Noël Coward would drive around in Coward’s sky-blue Chevrolet Belair Convertible showing off to the locals. He was a keen birdwatcher, and when he needed a ‘unromantic and yet very masculine’ name for his famous ‘00’ agent he picked the author of the definitive field guide Birds of the West Indies, James Bond. Fittingly the new identity depicts the ‘Doctor Bird’, the national bird of Jamaica, in flight with Fleming’s signature running through.
The new identity will be used on all new Ian Fleming Publications books including James Bond, Young Bond, The Money Penny Diaries, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang sequels as well as audio books and products. It will also be seen across a range of Ian Fleming Estate associated products and merchandise, including the new Gillette Bond Moments advert: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NCoeVzr-qpU
30 August 2015
Webb & Webb have been working with our long-term clients and collaborators Oliver Laws on the relaunch of the pre-war motor yacht Malahne for over a year and a half. After a meticulous 30 month restoration at the Pendennis Shipyard in Falmouth, Malahne is one of the most spectacular motor yachts to be launched in recent decades and was this months Boat International magazine cover story.
Our work ranged from identity and associated print work to a two weight custom typeface, Malahne 37, which is based on 1930s san serif designs with fine detailing within the custom lettering. The typeface was used across all the print work and signage we designed and also on architectural detailing across the yacht. We also produced an extensive range of guest items including menus, information books, playing cards and stationery items.
Images from the August edition of Boat International magazine © Jeff Brown/Breed Media, Dan Annett, Andrew Wright
New year, new work
7 January 2015
Happy New Year!
The first Webb & Webb work to hit the shops for 2015 is two stamps for the Royal Mail Smilers 2015 range. We’re responsible for the 1ST and DAD stamps representing ‘Well Done!’ and ‘Happy Fathers Day!’ which form part of a range celebrating important achievements, events and anniversaries.
The 1ST stamp was illustrated in-house and the DAD stamp is a collaboration between Webb & Webb and world renowned letterpress typographer Alan Kitching.
Pick up your set today from the Royal Mail shop…
St. Bride Library Christmas Lecture
24 November 2014
To Begin at the Binding
Brian Webb and Rob Shepherd, from bookbinders Shepherds, Sangorski & Sutcliffe, will be giving this years St Bride Library Christmas Lecture on our collaborative project ‘Sir Peter Blake’s Under Milk Wood’.
Nearly 30 years ago Peter, had the idea of cutting a some wood engravings to illustrate Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas. The engravings didn’t happen, but over the years more than 100 watercolours, collages and drawings – every character, dream and location – have been produced. Twenty years ago, Peter, Brian, Rob and Michael Mitchell at Libanus Press, first talked about making a few of Peter’s illustrations into a book. The book, with special editions designed by Webb & Webb and bound by Shepherds, Sangorski and Sutcliffe, was published in time to celebrate the centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth.
Wednesday 10 December 2014 at 7pm in the Bridewell Hall
Tickets (price includes a complimentary glass of wine and mince pie):
Standard £15.00/Concessions (Over 60 &Friends of St Bride) £12.50/Students (bring NUS card) £10.00
Tickets are available here…
Peter Blake’s Under Milk Wood from Queen Anne Press
Webb & Webb have designed the covers for deluxe cloth bound and a fine leather bound editions of Peter Blake’s Under Milk Wood from the Queen Anne Press. Published to mark the centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth this edition celebrates the culmination of over 25 years worth of work by Peter Blake. The book includes portraits of each of the characters in the cast, watercolours of the dream sequences and collages and paintings of scenes and locations in the fictional village of Llareggub.
Only ten copies of the fine binding are available and 100 copies deluxe edition, both editions are available from www.queenannepress.com.