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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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- William Knight's socially conscious portfolio of graphic design
- Alan Fears’ papier mâché heads are a humorous portrait of ourselves
- The quiet humour of illustrator Elena Xausa
- Devilish charm: the illustrations of Polly Nor
- Reasons Not To Do Graphic Design by Yotam Hadar
- Nostalgia in branding: top design studios analyse the NatWest and Co-op retrobrands
- Google and Monotype launch Noto, an open-source typeface family for all the world’s languages
- The only way is ethics: what are the moral obligations of a graphic designer?
- Rachel Levit illustrates contemporary relationships in new book
- Creative agency INT Works relaunches as Anyways, with a playful graphic identity