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Graphic Design

Things

Posted by Will Hudson,

We’ve played with the format of how we go about reviewing everything for long enough now. We get sent a lot of really nice things as well as picking up bits and pieces along the way. The most appropriate collective noun for these things appears to be things.

So every weekend there will be a post go up about these things, called Things. Here’s what we looked at this week.

Huh Magazine

Published by HUH. Media
There are a lot of pretty poor free publications out there. Fact. The majority clutter the entrance or shelf of many pubs and venues. Fear not though because among the chaff lies some things worth looking at. It’s pretty obvious from looking at it that the content is going to be as considered as the design. As well as the content in the newspaper it’s also archived all online so if you can’t pick it up from one of the stockists. you’ve got no excuse to pass this one by.
www.huhmagazine.co.uk

213 Magazin

Created by Illustration class at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design
The aim of 213 Magazine is to provide a platform for illustration students at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design (based in Halle) to get their work published and be seen. It’s safe to say it’s doing that, as I would have never found it otherwise and the work is great. A simple two colour print job for Issue 2, The Wooden House is full of lively, interesting artwork. It’s got that special something about it, it just feels right.
www.213magazin.de

Sheffield Institute of Arts, Graphic Design Retrospective 2008/09

Design and Art Directio Ben Mclaughlin & Jason Wolfe
Nice conclusive round up of the academic year at Sheffield Hallem. Another good use of a two colour design documenting the course information, facilities, exhibitions, workshops and guest speakers. It also got sent through to us in what at first glance looked like a vacuum formed soap dish but with further reading resulted in being a topographic typographic landscape.
www.shu.ac.uk/art

Alison Carmichael Woz ’Ere Poster

Typographic Illustion by Alison Carmichael. Photography by Sean & Ben.
The work of Alison Carmichael is a pleasure to look at anyway so another excuse is always welcomed. Pity that there was a whopping great sticker on the front of it but Jelly (her agent) is obviously trying their best to get her work infront of people, and rightly so. Strongly recommend is an extended browse of Alison’s work if you’ve not seen it before.
www.jellylondon.com
www.alisoncarmichael.com

The Incidental

Developed by the Architecture, Design and Fashion department at the British Council
If you were in Milan this year for the annual Furniture Fair you might already be aware of The Incidental. The community generated news pamphlet provides daily reviews and comments on what’s worth seeing plus the previous day’s highlights and they invite everyone to contribute. By joining thier online groups you can upload events, pictures and observations at Flickr, Twitter and Upcoming. “Technophobes can submit personal highlights to the team by scribbling on anything to hand or by text and email.” If you did miss them in Milan the good news in they will be in London later this year for the design festival. Certainly one to look out for…
www.theincidental.org

Super Secret Art Interaction

From the desk of H. Mathis
Anything that comes through to us with stationary that reads From the desk off… deserves a look. At first glance I was completely mystified as to what this was but on closer inspection an interesting (if not a little tongue in cheek) project emerges. Esentially an ad was placed on Craigslist at various times over a one year period between April 2007 and April 2008. From the subsequent responses 24 people were scheduled for a ‘Super Secret Art Interaction’, which are documented in this book and DVD, and in part on his website.
www.antisuccess.com

Horror Vacui

Designed by Erosie, edited and published by Sixpack France
The talented Erosie has done a zine for Sixpack France. It’s colourful and 24 pages. Not dismissing it as “just another zine” but what more can you say, it’s nice and if you like his work or think you might like her work then you should check it out.
www.sixpack.fr
www.erosie.net

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Posted by Will Hudson

Will founded It’s Nice That in 2007 and is now director of the company. Once one of the main contributors to the site he has stepped back from writing as the business has expanded. He is a regular guest on the Studio Audience podcast.

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