A book of overheard conversations from a 'greasy spoon' café, in Bedminster, Bristol. A personal project investigating the role of the designer as reporter – exploring the use of the book as a sound-stage.
The book was bound using the same melamine as that of the café's table tops.
And packaged in a recycled take-away bag – with authentic HP sauce stains.
The french-folded, screen printed, limited-edition book sold out in the first 2 weeks. And was added to the permanent collection of artist books at Tate Britain.
The format of the book acts as a sound stage, with 15 seconds of dialogue being recorded on each page. Conversations with me are recorded horizontally. Overheard conversations are recorded vertically; people talking to my left are recorded on the left side of the page, conversations to my right are recorded on the right side of the page.
The louder people talk the larger the type. Half heard, distant dialogue is broken up and distorted. The personalities of the cafe-goers are reflected in the choice of typeface used.