Mr Cup Update - week 35 - 2021

posted in Mr CUP News  at 11.36 AM from Mr Cup Studio / France
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As I already said, updating this blog for 15 years seems unreal, even for me. After all these years, I changed it and adapted it. With a lot of time dedicated to Instagram, I have to found a new way to create with this blog. So what about giving it back its first purpose: a personal diary. So I will try to post every week (or less if nothing happens) to update you on what I do and what inspires me. 

Time to sell a part of my vintage items!

At the end of September, it will be the end of 6 years in my actual studio! I need to move to a new place, and so on it is a good time to organize and clean. I have put a lot of found items in the shop. I collect these boxes and ephemera over the past years and do not worry, I still have a lot to inspire me!

Alphabet Cities book update

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It is fascinating to discover more and more amazing Sanborn maps design while I work on the book. Look at this Dever title! Here are the pages designed so far.
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Inspiration : Paris traffic in the 1910's

I spend less and less time on facebook, only for precise groups or inspiration account. And This one is one I love. This guy post amazing thematic posts about old Paris, with photos, maps but also a lot of details. Check it here. 
These photos of Paris traffic in early 1900 are fascinating! Imagine the streets with horsecars and the brand new cars, buses and tramway and the holes to start building the metro! Who said it was better before...
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Save the Bacon factory

posted in Nice to meet you  at 9.32 AM from Mr Cup Studio (near ARLES) / France
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I met Clint Harvey 10 years ago as I was invited to do a talk in Brisbane, Australia. Yes, my first talk was in English on the other side of the world. But the best part was to do a letterpress workshop and met Clint. We became instant friends, and some years later he came to France and we do a French-type tour. Clint has an amazing collection dedicated to his passion for letterpress, The Bacon Factory, and it served as a classroom and public workshop. Unfortunately, the Bacon Factory has been issued with only a few days to vacate the building.

Clint asks me to help him with Go Fund Me that will allow him to secure a shipping container so that they can preserve this unique archive, continue to give the public access to letterpress printing and so that the Bacon Factory won't become homeless again. 
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posted in Packaging  at 9.14 AM from Bolquères / France
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Here is a selection of 5 Honey related projects! All are from Behance. 

Broken Clover Colonies by Peter Voth

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Bzzz Premium Honey Backbone Branding

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Meluar Honey infused Gin by ThinkBold 

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Casa das Chãs by Unformal Studio

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HONIE Bee by Cansu Merdamert

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Mr Cup projects updates

posted in Mr CUP News  at 9.38 PM from Bolquères / France
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Hope you are fine. I started this blog in June... 2006! Yes, 15 years ago. If I always post often on it, I slow down a little for the past months as, well, I can not be everywhere. Same for social media, I mainly focus on Instagram and daily posts there. But here are a few updates of the recent projects and achievements! 


This is my current project: Celebrating spectacular typography creations with a visual book & letterpress prints. Sanborn Fire Protection Maps were originally created back in the 1860s to assess buildings and homes before insurance companies issued fire protection policies. If they are frequently used by historians for the important information they gave on cities, what always fascinated me about these maps is the typographic work done on each city name. I spend hours documenting all this legacy and order them alphabetically. Passionate by print, I want to give these a new life with letterpress prints and a book. 
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The Crossed Key Society is a collection of 6 playing cards decks inspired by Europe's Grandest and Greatest Historic Hotels.

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This was my big project. Everything is now available (except sold-out limited items of course). The last items are the dice and coins!
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Thank you all for your support!