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Posted by Will Hudson,

A significant increase in post arrived this week and the idea of only choosing five was a tough one. Here it is though, a Rob Ryan book to accompany his latest exhibition, a package from YCN including their latest annual and Ideas Illustrated, the latest copy of Apartamento Magazine, some Britishisms and some posters from Joe Baglow.

Rob Ryan: You can still do a lot with a small brain. Published by Jeremy Mills Publishing
I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I could look at the work of Rob Ryan all day. Well thanks to a recent exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park you can. The book to accompany the show does a fantastic job of documenting the work on show as well as a back story to Rob and includes a number of great images from his studio and the day to day running of it. This is a welcome addition to the bookshelf and a must see for fans of his work.
www.jeremymillspublishing.co.uk
rob-ryan.blogspot.com

YCN Annual / Ideas Illustrated / Christmas cards
A hefty package was delievered by YCN this week and in it was a copy of their latest Annual, Ideas Illustrated and some Christmas cards designed by Valero Doval. Both publications are designed by Inventory Studio but have a very different feel. A change in format from previous years sees the annual move to a more tradition A4 format. Page after page of colourful glossy images document YCN’s last twelve months including their move to 72 Rivington Street, the awards, agency work and the release of this year’s student briefs. The other publication, Ideas Illustrated, takes on a smaller format and has the familiar hand of Jamie Brown throughout, dubbed the ‘Money Issue’ it does as you might expect and centres around the theme of ‘Money’.
www.ycnonline.com

Britishisms A collaboration between Scott Lambert and Joanna Gregores
A considered box of ‘Britishisms’ arrived this week from designer Scott Lambert and artist Joanna Gregores. The collaboration celebrates habits, preferences, quirks, idiosyncrasies, orders of conduct, manners and mannerisms that are singularly British. They include the weather, the cup final, page 3 and the cuppa among others that are all accompanied with a nice Union Jack envelope.
www.greatbritishisms.com

Apartamento Magazine
The combination of great content, images and design make it obvious why Apartamento gets a big thumbs up. Now in it’s fourth edition it maintains that insight into real people’s houses in an unpretentious manner. The ‘everyday life interiors magazine’ also includes a Japanese translation supplement as well as the everyday life kids suplement with contributions from Andy Rementer, Geoff McFetridge, Enzo Mari and Jordi Ferreiro. For anyone not to have picked up a copy before, look out for it in newsstands or check out the link below.
www.apartamentomagazine.com

Sunday is the crueliest day by Joe Baglow
“Tears it starts with tears, And a bed made for two that only sleeps one, So let me sink inside this bottle of Cyanide, Until the two of you made one become none.” A welcome package of four A2 posters from Joe Baglow.
www.joebaglow.com

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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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