Featuring names such as Sarah Boris, Alan Kitching, Armina Ghazaryan, Erik Spiekermann and Myrna Keliher, the posters sound the alarm on the global climate crisis, rail against fake news and surveillance capitalism, call out racism and sexism while fighting for equal opportunities and, of course, responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

Curated by Richard Ardagh and Graham Bignell of New North Press, the project marks 10 years since their first exhibition Reverting to Type, but today there is a feeling that its purpose is more important than ever. “We live in a very turbulent time,” says Richard. “The pandemic has destabilized everyone’s life and at the same time brought many other issues to the surface. It has become a window of opportunity to look at what is really happening around us and speak out.”

Richard and Graham began planning this final show in December 2019, with Brexit, the climate crisis and politics in mind. “We had no idea what the last year had in store for us with George Floyd and Black Lives Matter, the Australian and California wildfires, Trump’s impeachment and acquittal, Covid-19 and its impact on the NHS, education and everything else,” adds Richard.



Photography by Alice Doušová

In addition to showcasing the work of the global typography community, for this special anniversary, New North Press has collaborated with 26 guest artists, designers, poets, comedians, asylum seekers, adults with learning disabilities and young people on a number of works of art. . Names include Peter Kennard, Malcolm Garrett, Katherine Hamnett, Stewart Lee and Extinction Rebellion Art Group.

Available online at revertingtotype.com, the site serves as a digital record of the physical exhibition held in 2020 at London’s Standpoint Gallery, where 200 posters by 105 global artists were exhibited.

“There is validation in seeing a message you believe in printed in large print for all to see, so we hope the exhibit will give people the confidence to champion the causes they believe in or at least start conversations,” says Richard. “The works of art are presented without hierarchy, so it’s not a question of whether they were made by a famous designer or an asylum seeker, it’s the message that comes first.”

Photography by Alice Doušová



Photography by Alice Doušová

Why focus on typography? “Letterpress printing is how information has been conveyed for over 500 years,” says Richard. “We live in an age where social media gives everyone a platform to quickly voice an opinion, but once it’s there, it’s gone. The permanence and tactility of a beautifully printed poster matters a lot more. impact.

“I’ve loved seeing the homemade posters in people’s windows over the past year. It reminds you that communicating ideas is something everyone needs to do, now more than ever.”

Yes, panic © New North Press + Jane Plüer



Yes, panic © New North Press + Jane Plüer

What a waste - Dafi Kühne, babyinktwice



What a waste – Dafi Kühne, babyinktwice

For the love of *U*K, stop Brexit © Alan Kitching



For youK’s Sake Stop Brexit © Alan Kitching

Our Solidarity - Dave Darcy, One Strong Arm



Our Solidarity – Dave Darcy, One Strong Arm

Equity © New North Press + Extinction Rebellion Art Group / Paris68redux



Equity © New North Press + Extinction Rebellion Art Group / Paris68redux

We are all migrants and refugees © Dennis Gould



We are all migrants and refugees © Dennis Gould

Ladies!  Being distinguished by gender versus ability is a confidence boost!  © Jennifer Farrell, star-shaped press



Ladies! Being distinguished by gender versus ability is a confidence boost! © Jennifer Farrell, star-shaped press