Stories from the Road II


  • Manchester Urban Institute (formerly cities@manchester)
  • UrbanWords


Following on from 'Stories from the Road I' - which saw collaborators cities@manchester and author Sarah Butler mapping and celebrating the stories of people who live, work and travel along Oxford Road - we were commissioned by Manchester Urban Institute (MUI) to design a Stories from the Road book.


Building on the established visual language we created in stage 1, we developed the 120 page book design with a somewhat gritty, urban feel throughout; incorporating inner city imagery printed on uncoated tactile stock; bespoke maps of the Oxford Road Corridor; map inspired graphics/symbols which act as reader guides to the start and end of sections; and of course the SFTR pin-people.

The resulting book is a compelling compilation of the history, present and future of Manchester's Oxford Road Corridor, delivered through a series of essays, reflections and stories which span the gamut of individuals experiences of Oxford Road Corridor the place, to the Oxford Road Corridor partnership's vision to "establish the Oxford Road Corridor as a globally recognised hub of knowledge-based economic development" (1)

An online version of the book can be found here:

SFTR is edited by Sarah Butler (UrbanWords), Andrew Karvonen (The University of Manchester), Laura Partridge (Co-ordinator cities@manchester, later MUI) and Kevin Ward (Director, MUI)

  • Background/texture photography: Paul Hartland

(1) Stories from the Road / Introduction

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Stories from the Road - Book cover
Stories from the Road - Back cover
sftr - spine detail
sftr - contents
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sftr - detail 3
sftr - stories dps
sftr - map dps
sftr - map detail
sftr - figure detail
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sftr - detail 4
sftr - inner back cover

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