The London Workshops

Limited edition process-color book. Edited by Anne Munly, Davide Sacconi, and H. Design and typesetting by H. Set in Gimlet by David Jonathan Ross. Published 2022 by Syracuse Architecture.

The London Workshops is an exploration of design frameworks pursued by three architecture workshops in London. The book is anchored by three visual essays by prominent London architects—“Craft & Ruin” by Owen Watson of 6a architects, “Work & Home” by Hikaru Nissanke & Jon Lopez of OMMX, and “Infrastructure & Palimpsest” by Paolo Vimercati of Grimshaw—and is supplemented by interviews with the contributors and an essay by the workshops’ organizers.

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H James Lucas studied mathematics at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and architecture at Syracuse University. He lives in Manhattan with his wife, Meeta Anand, a policy expert focused on census and data privacy.

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Single-edition one-color book. Design and typesetting by H. Set in Baskerville Original by František Štorm.

At the peak of COVID-19 social distancing I was buying more books than usual, trying to throw a little extra business to beloved booksellers such as Strand, Kitchen Arts & Letters and Powell’s, and I wanted to treat myself to a hefty hardback copy of my old favourite, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. When I opened the book, though, I was crestfallen to find typesetting so poor that I had to work to keep my attention on the story, so I set out to make a copy that I could enjoy as much as I had the original decades ago.

A major part of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell’s charm as a work of fiction and its potency as a typesetting exercise is its complex format. The novel features excerpts of correspondence and poetry, 186 footnotes of varying lengths and a few magic-induced interruptions – all flavoured with a light dusting of slightly archaic spellings. The resulting design challenges were most edifying, and I am pleased with the solutions both visible and under-the-hood that they forced me to devise.