Author Archives: Christoph

After looking for branding information about the Royal Opera House for a bit today, I though I should share a few things with you.

First of all, the Royal Opera House has branding guidelines which are available to everyone via their branding page. This page also includes information about their brand values and other valuable information, including their logos in different formats.

Also notable, the Royal Opera House underwent a major branding change by SomeOne London. The studio has a page that describes this particular project. Also interesting is the Brand New section of, which explores the brand changes in more detail.

Finally, if anyone is interested in the source text that served as inspiration for La Bohème (Scènes de la vie de bohème by Henri Murger), it can be found as a free public domain book (in English) on the project Gutenberg website. If you have a look at this, please consider that Jim doesn’t want us to spend too much time on research and that the original novel only shares parts of its story with the opera. Reading the libretto and a synopsis might be more important before considering the source material.

See you all tomorrow,


I came across a well written piece by Mike MonteIro (from the aforementioned Podcast) that speaks about ‘new year resolutions’ — but at its heart is really about common mistakes that designers make and general design process advice.

Its a fun read from someone with quite some experience and I think it’s hard to argue with any of his points. Hope you enjoy it — happy new year to everybody and I’ll see you at the College later!

Today and tomorrow, you can watch some of the TYPO London presentations live and for free. Timetable below. Have a nice half-term. Christoph

UPDATE: Their internet broke down before the 4 ‘o clock talk on Friday, it’s unclear whether Neville Brody’s talk will be streamed as well.

Friday, October 21st:
16:00 – Lawrence Weiner – SCULPTURE MADE OF LANGUAGE
20:00 – Neville Brody: 20 YEARS

Saturday, October 22nd:
10:00 – Marina Willer – BRANDING AND SPACES
19:00 – Chip Kidd – “WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?”

Interview with one of my favourite type designers, Erik Spiekermann. He founded the type reseller FontShop and foundry FontFont. Those are the same companies we were watching a video about at college. There is some great stuff in there, like his prediction that print and web design are going to become the same — that sounds like great material for discussion!

You can find Spiekermann and Stocks on Twitter, as well as on the web here and here.

Website: FontShop, FontFont.