Jamie Murphy is a practicing graphic designer based in Dublin. After working with several of Dublin's leading design agencies, he set up his own studio, Fjord, in 2009. His main interests include typography, book design and letterpress printing. Jamie recently finished his MA in Design at Distillers Press, NCAD, where he produced a substantial letterpress printed artists' book, 'Albert, Ernest & the Titanic'.
The book 'Albert, Ernest & the Titanic' is the product of two years of research conducted by Jamie Murphy while studying for his MA in Design at NCAD. It tells the story of the Titanic’s ill-fated on board printers, Abraham “Albert” Mishellany and Ernest Corbin as they embark on the ship’s maiden voyage. They acted as both designers and printers for items produced on board the liner, such as menus, stationery, etc. Today, such items sell for tens of thousands of euro at auction.
Printed at Distiller’s Press in NCAD, Murphy has used only the type of equipment and materials available to Mishellany and Corbin to produce this beautiful limited edition book. All the text for the 36 copies was painstakingly set and printed by hand using traditional letterpress methods. Forty hand cut linoleum illustrations portraying the working men and the vast, luxurious liner, were also created to complement the publication. Murphy said: “One special component is the use of coal salvaged from the Titanic’s wreck site to make an ink for the book. This means there is a little bit of the Titanic in each copy.”
Author Colm Tóibín writes in his foreword for the book: “As we mark the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic, we are reminded of the amazing gallery of prose and poetry prompted by the events of 1912. However, as well as the passengers, we cannot forget the skilled craftsmen who worked on the ship.”
Winner of the NUI Art & Design Prize 2012 and the RDS Printmaker Award 2012.
He is currently working with Typoretum, a distinguished letterpress studio based in Colchester, UK. Jamie has recently been elected to the National Print Museum's Curatorial Committee.