Guide Booklet & Video
Manufactured lace had a momentous impact on Nottingham: helping to change a turbulent county town into a modern industrialised municipality. In the space of just a few miles, this guided walk will show the sheer scale and speed of this change.
Created on the occasion of Lace Unravelled, a Nottingham City Museums & Galleries project, funded by Arts Council England. Written and designed by Chris Matthews.
Bricks Conservation Report
Relatively strong, yet small and easy to handle, fired clay brick is arguably one of the most versatile and durable of all building materials. This guide explores the wide range of its shapes, sizes, colours, textures and physical properties. If you are referring to this document to assist in the extension of a historic building, or a new development within the historic environment, then the final chapter is the most useful to help you find the right bricks for your project - but the preceding chapters are essential points of reference to help you in this complicated process. The technical aspects of brick repair and refurbishment are not addressed in this guide, and they must be treated as separate conservation practice.
Brick is beautiful.
A History of Nottingham's Council Housing
Design & Author
Design, research and writing commissioned by Nottingham City Homes, with editorial support and research by Dan Lucas.
In Nottingham, council housing is popular; it is widely recognised as something that has improved the lives of countless people. This is a story that connects people through shared experience and sheer geographic scale. As we search for solutions to our current housing crisis, council housing offers hope for the future.
Cities of the North
Book Design & Photography
Cities of the North takes an irreverent and often amusing look at the changing townscape, special character, architecture and planning of the great Northern English cities. Lavishly illustrated, it is a companion to Towns in Britain published by Five Leaves in 2014 and it builds on the popular Jones the Planner blog. It explores the process and politics of development and ‘regeneration’ which is reshaping Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford, Hull and Newcastle amongst others, always focusing on the intrinsic character of place.
Cities of the North reviews both the successes and lost opportunities of recent years and considers the implications of the emerging Northern Powerhouse plans for the conurbations. The book is inspired by and follows in the footsteps of Ian Nairn who opened so many people’s eyes to an appreciation of cities, their often unexpected delights, qualities, possibilitis and potential. Like Nairn, Cities of the North shows a passion and affection for these places and an appreciation of their all too often undervalued qualities.
Curious Camden Town
Design for visual book about some of the hidden details of Camden Town, London. For Five Leaves Publishing.
Ian Nairn: Words in Place
Book Design for Five Leaves Publishing, Ian Nairn: Words in Place, by Gillian Darley & David McKie. Here's a plug by Rowan Moore in The Guardian. The historian David Kynaston called it his book of the year. Building Design magazine gave it 5/5 stars.
Walking & Cycling Guides
Book Design & Historical Research
Design and authored guidebooks about the history of North Nottingham. Work included research, writing, photography, map and layout design. Commissioned by Travel Right, a subsidiary organisation of Nottingham City Council promoting sustainable travel.