• Things_long
  • Apan
  • Apan1
  • Apan2
  • Ele
  • Ele12
  • Ele1
  • Ele3
  • Ken
  • Ken1
  • Ken_2
  • Matt_adams
  • Matt_adams1
  • Red
  • Red1
  • Visual
  • Visual1
  • Visual2
Graphic Design


Posted by Alex Bec,

This week’s review is upon us again, enjoy the selection and once again a huge thanks to everyone who has kindly littered our studio with nice things over the past seven days.

APAN ÄR RÄDD by Simon Berg, distributed by by Black Book Publications
Described by the publishers as “An intense portrayal of a seemingly meaningless everyday life. But these intimate close-ups show us something other than just eternally recurring routines.” I very much agree, lush, deep colours and interesting crops make for forty-odd pages of eye-candy. Welcome to the world of Simon Berg.

Elephant Issue 1 Published by Magma Books
I’m as bored as the next person of seeing first issues of magazines spring up left right and centre, but there’s no way you can stay mad at this gem. Rather than sitting aside the other design based mags out there, when you read Elephant you’re reading something of real worth. Five neat sections with articles covering ‘Meetings’ with the likes of Peter Saville, ‘Research’ into Scandinavian fashion, ‘Studio Visits’ with Misaki Kawai, ‘Economies’ case studies and creative city guides. With that much content you’d expect plenty of filler, but I don’t think I can find any. Hats off to Magma for supersede Graphic with a real beauty.

Cook With Ken by Chris Leah
Photographer Chris Leah’s documentary book puts short-tempered, cuisine-conscious ‘Ken’ in the spotlight. Dubious recipes and outlandish quotes made me chuckle, rather than make me want to run to the chopping board.

Peruse Issue 02 by Matt Adams
Simple little piece of print, well pulled off from current Nottingham Trent student Matt Adams. visually interesting, butmore importantly an aid to highlight a really fantastic fact – No numbr from one to ninety-nine when spelt uses the letters ‘a’,‘b’,‘c’ or ‘d’. I don’t care how he knows, I’m just pleased to have some useless pub fodder for tonight.

Red Design 04 Self Promotion by Red Design
Nice self-promotional poster from Brighton studio Red Design. Outlines a few of their most recent projects as well as showing off a few printing techinques with a reversible poster.

Virtual Artifacts by Kristoffer Zetterstrand, published by Biondi Books
Kristoffer is a Swedish artist who relates classic two-dimensional painting to computer-generated worlds. Why didn’t I think of that? OK, so it’s not your normal blurb to introduce a book, but the content is genuinely fascinating. A book that made me want to turn the pages must be some kind of a success.


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.

Most Recent: Graphic Design View Archive

  1. Stationary

    Hotel branding can so often be a dowdy affair, as if the design nods to the temporary nature of the building’s inhabitants – something to move on from, rather than to dwell on. So it’s wonderful to see a brave, opulent new identity for the Connaught in London’s Mayfair, designed by The Partners around a stunning new artwork by Kristjana S Williams which now hangs in the hotel.

  2. List

    I was surprised to learn that Amsterdam’s HOAX studio don’t seem to have been on the site before, and faced with their wide-ranging portfolio it was a challenge to focus in on a narrative that made sense. Founders Bram Buijs, Sven Gerhardt and Steven van der Kaaij joined forces based on their “shared love for typography, material and experimentation” and this passion for fresh creative thinking runs throughout their work.

  3. List

    Creating a cohesive identity for a design conference might not seem like such a tall order, but the reality of producing flyers, bags, programmes and that all-important logo mark for an international event isn’t as simple as you might think. For starters there’s an abundance of conferences out there, each with it’s own unique look and feel, so creating visuals that present a point of difference will always pose a challenge; secondly how on earth do you make a talks timetable look exciting?

  4. List

    Boasting PVC-clad bottoms, surreal jazz photography and beautifully-rendered risograph prints of basketball hoops, Shabazz Projects’ homepage certainly offers a well-curated and striking experience. The LA-based publishing platform was founded by Hassan Rahim and Brian Okarski, releasing art, photography and design-focused books and objects, all with a run of 200 or fewer editions. Stand-out pieces include the Various Basketball Hoops risographs, which put a whimsical spin on these often weary-looking monoliths; and Eric Wrenn and Antje Peters’ Jazz photographs, which place instruments against a dramatic plume of smoke. Hassan and Brian say their aim is to “provoke and surprise,” and from the images on their site alone, they’re certainly not letting themselves down.

  5. Hellotalja_kit-list-image

    Many a blue-sky-thinker and envelope-pusher has been extolling the virtues of meditation and mindfulness to pseudo-spiritually swell their business jargon lately. So it’s refreshing when a beautifully branded, creatively-minded product emerges that promises to offer that lucrative “pause from modern life.”

  6. List

    If all the magazines and small publications that used the internet as their subject matter were dumped on your head it’d be curtains for you – there’s bloody loads of them. Some, like Offscreen, deal with the people that make digital culture happen and try to bring these unsung heroes out from behind their screens into the RGB limelight, others, like French publication Nichons – Nous Dans l’Internet (Tits – We In The Internet) are more conceptually-minded, analysing and assessing the social and cultural phenomena brought about by the ubiquity of technology.

  7. Main

    Setting up a design studio and changing your name to a cool pseudonym is a good two-fingers-up to life on the quiet side. Parisian designer Julien Ducourthial decided to make this leap, and now overseas The Jazzist, offering bold, fluoro design work “serving in fields of graphic design, illustration and art direction in digital & printed media.” When Julien emailed us he told us he was inspired by 8-bit imagery and cartoons, which gave us an immediate inkling that we were going to like his work. Anyone looking to commission a great French designer any time soon? Julien is your man.

  8. List

    We haven’t featured Oslo-based studio Heydays on the site for a while but a quick check-in with their portfolio shows they’re still producing top-quality work for an eclectic range of clients. Nöra is a design house based between London and São Paulo which among other things supplied the seats for the World Cup stadia in Brazil. Heydays wanted a look and feel that felt “sophisticated with a stylish twist.” The pointillist type treatment pulls this off neatly and there’s some impressive animated elements you can see below as well. Keep up the great work team Heydays!

  9. List

    When it comes to a trendy commission, a restaurant in east London that serves everything on the bone is right up there. Credit is due then to Burgess Studio, whose identity for the eatery doesn’t take itself too seriously. Built around a nice typographic wordmark and the simple idea of making the all-important bone into a smile, the look and feel rolls out seamlessly across everything from bags to cups, menus to the website. It’s simple, it’s striking and it steers well clear of some kind of terrible hipster overload, all of which is to be very much commended.

  10. List

    It’s been a while since we last checked in with Stockholm-based Bedow studio but there’s a host of new work to enjoy over on their site as ever. I was particularly drawn to their ongoing collaboration with Essem Design, “a Swedish manufacturer of artisanal hallway interiors.” Bedow used a refreshingly straightforward way in to what might seem like rather a niche product, building an identity around the Swedish words for “hello” and “goodbye” – the utterances most commonly heard in a hallway.

  11. List

    Producing graphic collateral for one of the world’s largest international contemporary art fairs is a brief that would have some graphic design studios quaking in their boots, but when London-based Studio Frith was approached by Frieze Art Fair they accepted with relish.

  12. List

    “Churn out” always sounds like a derisive expression when referring to exceptional creative work, but the prolific nature of some studios means it’s the only one I like to use use to conjure up the relentless mechanical precision with which these studios proceed – and I definitely don’t mean it derisively. And so to Praline, the products of whose churning we’re here to admire.

  13. List

    For graphic design types, the opportunity to run wild with a printer’s various techniques is pretty much the dream brief, and Mexican agency Anagrama have well and truly lived that dream. They were one of seven agencies studios invited to create a notebook with Imprimerie du Marais, and they were given free rein to experiment with effects like hot foil stamping, microembossing, silk screening and sewn binding.