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Competition: five copies of Conundrums by Harry Pearce to be won

Dezeen and design firm Pentagram have got together to give away five copies of Typographic Conundrums by Pentagram partner Harry Pearce.

The book is a collection of typographic puzzles that have been constructed with the same set of restrictions: one font, two colours and a box.

This competition is now closed.

Five winners will be selected at random and notified by email. Winners’ names will be published in a future edition of our Dezeenmail newsletter and at the bottom of this page. Dezeen competitions are international and entries are accepted from readers in any country.

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Here's more info from Pentagram:


Typographic Conundrums
By Harry Pearce

In Conundrums Harry Pearce animates everyday language and turns of phrase to challenge readers with the perfect combination of difficulty and irreverence.  These elegant typographic puzzles shed new light on familiar idioms and will appeal to anyone with a love of language or a playful sense of humour.

“Sometimes the more cornered you are the more fun you have.”

Conundrums is a selection of elegant typographic puzzles constrained by three simple rules: one box, two colours, a single typeface.

In the introduction to the book Pearce writes;

“I grew up in an age and a home where the words of Spike Milligan, Edward Lear, Peter Cook and Monty Python, among many others, filled the air.  Nonsense that made sense; irreverence that became pure pleasure.

Words became images, images words, and where was the line between the two?

It didn’t matter as long as they gave you a smile of recognition.

So, visual games with words have stayed with me. And, strangely, these little games seem to have a life of their own.  I started them years ago, a love affair between typography and phrase, and they’ve been one step ahead of me ever since.”Pearce is a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale, an internationally recognised leader in design, and a partner in Pentagram, one of the world’s most respected design companies.

Conundrums is available for pre-order via Amazon now and will make the perfect stocking filler.

About the Author
Harry Pearce studied graphic design at Canterbury College of Art and moved to London in 1982.  In 1990 he co-founded Lippa Pearce Design.  He joined Pentagram’s London office as partner in 2006.  Harry’s work touches many disciplines, from spatial design and identity to print, packaging and posters.  He is dedicated to supporting human rights and serves on the advisory board of Witness, an organisation that uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations.  Conundrums is his first book.

By Harry Pearce
It Books; Hardcover
176 pages
ISBN: 9780061826597


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Congratulations to our winners! Jacob Ninan in Switzerland, Michał Kalitan in Poland, Paolo Gianfrancesco in Iceland, Haroon Baig in Germany and Mike Guzman in the USA.