X Stories Poster

X Stories Poster

As part of The London Design Festival the British Library asked 26 Designers to collaborate with 26 writers. Each pair had to design a poster dedicated to one letter of the alphabet. An exhibition of all the posters was held at the British Library during the Festival.

Thomas Manss and Mike Reed's response to the letter X plays its tricks on many levels. From a distance it clearly reads as a three dimensional letter, yet, on closer examination the X appears to be the one element that is not there. Instead, the letter emerges from the spaces left over by ten stories about the alphabet's most infamous letter from Malcolm X to X-ray.

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The London Design Festival

The London Design Festival unites the UK's creative community by bringing together individuals and organisations from across the design spectrum. The Festival allows creatives the opportunity to explore issues, showcase ideas and generate business with a specifically invited global audience.

The London Design Festival is the UK’s biggest annual celebration of design and reflects London’s status as the world creative hub. It is made up of a wide range of design disciplines. Supported by government, the design sector, and leading businesses, the Festival offers a platform for the best design talent.

British Library

The British Library is the UK's national library. As one of the world's largest research libraries it holds over 150 million items. The Library's collections include around 25 million books, along with additional collections of manuscripts and historical items dating back as far as 300 BC.

As a legal deposit library, the British Library receives copies of all books produced in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, including all foreign books distributed in the UK. It also purchases many items which are published outside Britain and Ireland. The British Library adds some three million items every year.