Socialism Today 175


Cover on the South African workers movement – to read the article see here

We also carried an appeal for support for South Africa on the back page:




The magazine also featured a feature on the Greek far right – see here . This article started on the centre pages and gave a chance to make a visual statement



For more details of Socialism Today, and to subscribe, see here


Socialist Students student debt image



This was something I was asked to ‘tune’ by Socialist Students, with quite a bit of the design already in place (ie the atlas of debt, the circle etc). I added the silhouettes, which remind me of Hitchcock, and the angled writing.

TUSC 2014 election material

Material designed for the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition May elections challenge – more info






There are plans for more material that will be based on the basics of the design – ie pink and green, Arial, the torn effect etc.




I don’t post everything that i lay out by a long shot. This blog is more of a ‘best-of’, and is primarily to look back at what worked and what didn’t, style sheets etc. Its in that spirit that I’m posting the above – an exert from the Socialist Party’s leaflet for the FBU strikes on Wednesday of this week.
I think that fonts can play a useful role in, even if subconcious, linking together material and giving boundaries within which you can develop different designs. There are three fonts for Socialism Today, 2 fonts for the national shop stewards network, 2 for tusc, 1 for Socialism 2013 etc.
Predominantly for material from the Socialist Party, I use utopia, which is the font that the socialist is in. You can see this on the top left and centre of the example above. On the right, the text is from an advert for Socialism 2013, which uses Samo Sans Pro, the sans serif font used in Socialism Today that the Socialism 2013 material also utilises. The two boxes for the Shop Stewards Network and TUSC are also designed in the respective fonts that are used on their material.
This is, clearly, partially naval-gazing, but I think that (after a few not-so-successful attempts to do the same), the 6 fonts above sit quite well with each other in this example.

The case for Socialism – new pamphlet

Available from Socialist Books – & the Socialist Party


This is the pamphlet that i’d misnamed and so had to scrap a cover design – see previous post


Contents page and start of intro


Demands – I think graphic design-wise this is my favourite spread


I was very keen to get full-page photos into the pamphlet


Theres a few of these pics over two pages – hopefully I’ve taken enough care so that it doesn’t matter too much how the different sheets line up when its finished


The very minimal page design, with just the block of red and the numbers in reversal, i think works well, even with the text right up against the block, and is highlighted well by the inside cover pages