James Brown ‘London’ print

I have two prints by illustrator James Brown, and have even blogged about James’s work back in 2011.

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Trained as a textile and surface print designer, James worked in the clothing industry for 10 years producing print designs for numerous fashion brands from Levis to Louis Vuitton. In 2007, after two years at Hope & Glory menswear James embarking on a new career as an illustrator.

His latest offering is on my wish list for sure… a new screen print ‘LONDON’ maps out the postcodes of our glorious capital city.

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Sir Rowland Hill introduced the first London postcodes in 1857, he also invented the postage stamp.

According to Wikipedia, by the 1850s, the rapid growth of the metropolitan area meant it became too large to efficiently operate as a single post town. The original London postal district was devised by Sir Rowland Hill in 1856 as a circular area of 12 miles (19 km) radius from the central post office at St. Martin’s Le Grand, near St Paul’s Cathedral in central London.

Within the district it was divided into ten large areas which operated much like separate towns. Each was constituted “London” with a suffix (EC, WC, N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, and NW) indicating the area it covered; each had a separate head office.]

I do love a good nerdy fact-based illustration.

‘LONDON’ is printed in pillar box red and is A3 in size and is available to purchase for £35.


Having worked in design for the past decade, Daniel started ateliertally.com as a discussion of timeless, modernist product design. Trained as a graphic designer, he also has an avid interest in typography. You can follow him on Twitter @ateliertally.


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