One of my favorite recent acquisitions, In the Belly of St. Paul, is the second typographic publication by the UK-based design collective Tomato. Karl Hyde (of the electronic music group Underworld) has teamed with artist (and old musical partner) John Warwicker to create an incredible book that I'm very excited to share. Essentially the print version of a found-sound music collage, In the Belly of St. Paul is composed of overheard sound bites from the streets of London, all of which are rendered into an array of experimental fonts with a stunning eye (or ear) for design.
The book was published in 2002 in an edition of 500 numbered copies. Each copy is signed by Hyde and Warwicker, and includes an original photograph. At www.underworld-print.com, owners can register their print in an amazing pictorial registry. Here is where I think this book becomes really exceptional--flipping through the photo album, you'll see the location of each copy and see how wide-reaching and international the book actually is. For a project that deals with a city's infrastructure in physical and social ways, it's astonishing to see how connected we all are.