Rolling over from the weekend, there’s just four things for this week’s Things review due to another seven days of postal service disruption. For your dissemination this week is one hefty book on design, 8 screen printed cards, a set of postcards and a great bi-annual zine, all of which we think you’ll enjoy.
Edited by Kevin Braddock
In a pretty unmanly kind of way, I have lovingly carried Manzine around with me all week like a comfort blanket. But don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to say that it’s in the least bit soft, merely interesting enough to warrant revisiting. The 32 page, monotone, lo-fi mag gives us an insight into “The Male Phenomenon” in the shape of articles, anecdotes and musings from, well, men. Manzine is packed with varied, unpredictable content hung on an unfussy layout that can happily be dipped in and out of without losing any of it’s umph. I’m already looking forward to Issue 3 to see how an article on the merits of the humble gravy boat can possibly be followed up.
Design in Britain
_Edited by Deyan Sudjic
Britain has an undoubtedly steep design history, and who better than to put together a publication about such a vast amount of work than Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic. Split into eight chunky sections spanning Product, Architecture, Automotive, Graphics, Fashion, Interaction, Identity and Post Script, all written by leaders in their respective fields, no stone has been left unturned. I like the idea of different specialities being commented on by different practitioners, and each piece holds its own and and the readers interest, whether an avid design follower or coffee table browser.
8 Hand Printed Cards
I don’t know how much can be said about a set of screen-printed cards, other than they were so beautifully made and printed that they demanded inclusion. Saskia has just started working at London’s K2 – the go-to guys for a quality print job in the capital and it looks as though she’ll slot in seamlessly.
I don’t want to get all wordy or deep with what is essentially a set of postcards – but there’s a certain charm that I couldn’t ignore throughout Oliver Udy’s Stalls series. Reminds me of long drives stuck behind tractors.
- Stina Löfgren’s instructional illustrations for practical lunges
- Scandinavian aesthetics and do-right design approach: the brand values of Nudie Jeans
- A beautiful portrait of the communities, theatre and blingy pants of South Yorkshire wrestling
- Back to basics with Davide Di Gennaro’s symbol-heavy design workshop identity
- “I wouldn’t recommend trying to make it as an illustrator to anyone”: straight-talking McBess
- Resolute yet playful designs for the If I Can't Dance groups’ compilation
- Should illustrators be treated like designers?
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Grey London's thoughtful, powerful and innovative new campaign for Tate Britain
- Anthony Burrill on starting out and staying focussed
- Introducing French design studio plus mûrs and its beautiful poster designs