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Things

Posted by Alex Bec,

Things, things, things! A great selection of bits and pieces in a week where we were totally spoilt for choice. Highlights from Jean Jullien, Eleanor Rudge and Parick Fry make for a interesting little stack.

Lyrics / Le Petit Bon Homme

By Jean Jullien / Akinori Oishi, Published by Eugène & Pauline
Two lovely concertina books landed on the welcome mat this week, by someone I’m very fond of, Jean Jullien and Akinori Oishi who in all honesty I knew little about before this came through. Exactly what you’d expect from Jean, beautifully simple, immediate line drawings with aptly chosen block colours and printed to the standard the work deserves. As for Le Petit Bon Homme I was transported to a world of intricacy, pattern and play that was very welcome. Both highly recommended and a nice introduction to the publishing exploits of the Parisian duo.
www.eugeneetpauline.com
www.jeanjullien.com
www.aki-air.com

Neuland – The Future of German Graphic Design

Edited and designed by twopoints.net, Published by Actar
Picking up a book that is billed as ‘The Future of German Graphic Design’, you’d hope the research was as thorough as the title suggests. Some great bits from some sources that are very familiar (fantastic submission from NODE and Katrin Schake) as well as some more unexpected treats (don’t miss Andreas Wesle’s fantastic section.) All too often I feel as though these ‘best of…’ books don’t live up to their name, but here’s an exception for you – how suitably German.
www.twopoints.net
www.actar.com

Urban Art Photography

Edited by Jürgen Grosse, Published by urban art info
Jürgen Grosse began documenting outdoor art in the late 1980s and subsequently founded www.urban-art.info four years on. The book is essentially a documentation of his surroundings in a large format, that gets you as close to being perched behind the editor’s eyes as possible. The range and sheer mass of shots is what makes the book, and more importantly Berlin so interesting.
www.urban-art.info

Sixteen Drawings

By Eleanor Rudge
Here’s a simple set of perfectly naive, one colour screen prints that show us exactly what illustrator Eleanor Rudge is all about. Impeccably printed and wrapped making them feel as precious as a piece of expensive jewelery and giving the perfect excuse to introduce yourself to her work. This is how self-promotion should be done.
www.eleanorrudge.com

No Zine

By Patrick Fry
The work of London designer Patrick Fry has always been impressive. I hadn’t seen much of his work though for a little while, but a set of 3 zines that he’s compiled and designed was an apt reminder. Well pt together, with some interesting content and eye candy I’m embarrassed it’s taken me this long to re-acquaint myself with his work.
www.patrickfry.co.uk

Your Pleasure is Our Delight

By Studio Robinson
A well-printed type sampler and poster depicting quotes from Mozart’s love letters from Studio Robinson who I’m looking forward to hearing more from.
www.studiorobinson.com

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Posted by Alex Bec

Alex is one of the directors of It’s Nice That who now oversees our sister creative agency INT Works. For several years he oversaw the Monday Morning Music Video feature until it came to an end in 2014.

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