StandardDesigns

Posters, Prints & Gifts for Music & Book-lovers

London, United Kingdom · 9614 Sales

StandardDesigns

Posters, Prints & Gifts for Music & Book-lovers

London, United Kingdom 9614 Sales On Etsy since 2010

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Announcement   Need something charming & wonderful for the music-lover, reader, writer or all-round artsy person in your life (or yourself)? You've come to the right place!

For more information, and to see what I'm working on next, follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Tumblr:
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And don't forget to check out my other shop, Non-Standard Designs, for even more original art prints:

http://nonstandarddesigns.etsy.com

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Last updated on Jan 2, 2017

Need something charming & wonderful for the music-lover, reader, writer or all-round artsy person in your life (or yourself)? You've come to the right place!

For more information, and to see what I'm working on next, follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Tumblr:
http://www.facebook.com/standarddesigns
http://www.instagram.com/standarddesigns
http://www.twitter.com/Standard_D
http://standarddesigns.tumblr.com/

And don't forget to check out my other shop, Non-Standard Designs, for even more original art prints:

http://nonstandarddesigns.etsy.com

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The ideal gift for any Blur fan: my new print shows their album '13' as if it had been written as books. Available now.
David Bowie in concert at the seaside? Check out my vintage style poster...
My first print of 2017 imagines Thom Yorke's solo album 'The Eraser' as if it had been written as a collection of classic paperback novels.
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About

Standard Designs, like so many things in life, began with Jean-Paul Sartre.

I realised one day that I hadn't drawn anything in several years. Shocking, I thought - all that effort in art school that I put into trying to avoid drawing class, when I could have just let it slide like this naturally.

It just so happened that at that moment was I researching an article about Jean-Paul Sartre. My inkpen and nib set was in a box within arm's reach. Paper was more of a problem - I had to get out of my seat for that. But art is, of course, worth the struggle. An hour or so later I'd come up with the drawing you see in my profile picture (and also in the Portraits section of this shop). I enjoyed its quickfire, devil-may-care approach to line, tone and the possibility that it might actually look like Sartre. I knew I was onto something. I scribbled a gag about his famous 'Hell is other people' line at the side and - bingo! Standard Designs was born.

Since then I've been creating prints that reflect my love of literature, music, art, design and the occasional awful pun. I hope you find something here you enjoy too.

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  • Simon James

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    My name is Simon James. I'm an artist who lives and works in London. Standard Designs is my shop. Tom Stoppard used to deliver my mail. One of these four facts is fiction. Can you guess which one?

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  • A professional printing company

    England, United Kingdom

    I work with a professional printer to bring you exceptionally high quality prints.

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Last updated on Mar 16, 2017
Frequently asked questions

What frame did you use in the photos of your albums-as-books prints?

It's IKEA's 40 x 50cm RIBBA frame. It comes with a card mount/mat that has a window opening that's the ideal size for my prints. It's available wherever there's an IKEA - just Google "IKEA 40 x 50 RIBBA" and you'll find it.