• Pauwau
  • Andreas_joe
  • Meandmyuncle
  • Mj
  • My_generation
  • The_place
  • Nyc_polaroid
  • Chnook
  • Alk_barber
  • Andreas_madeinbrooklyn
Graphic Design

Pau Wau Publications

Posted by Alex Bec,

Pau Wau Publications is the name given to an independent publishing company, set up by three friends in New York. Two photographers and a graphic designer with a knowledge and desire to create beautiful objects that can be treasured. They most certainly look as though they’ve done that, and their collection is one of real depth and quality. I caught up with founding member Andreas to find out some more, and to work out who’s the Chief.

Hey Andreas, loving the name of this new venture you’re involved with, can you tell us a little about Pau Wau Publications?

Basically Pau Wau Publications was started by my good friends Brian Lamotte, Simon Howell and myself. It began as a collective to just meet up, hang out, and chat about our work and what not, hence the name Pau Wau. The traditional Native American spelling of a Pow Wow means a gathering of North America’s Native people to celebration and renew friendships, to exchange knowledge, and to trade skills. We liked this idea and thought it would be a nice way for us to build and grow with each others support.

Brian is a graphic designer, but also takes photographs, and always knew he wanted to get into book publishing. Simon and I aren’t as talented! We just take photographs, and knew we wanted to publish small edition books or zines. The three of us teamed up, using Brian’s knowledge of layout, binding and printing, we decided to start making these zines of our own work, and then started to branch out by inviting photographers or artists whom we liked the work of. We always knew we wanted to just use handmade and collaborative methods using everything from photocopiers, sewing machines, traditional book binding and various printers. Experimenting is the key.

Are they just not some more zines? Have we not got enough already?

Yes, they are zines, on a basic level. But I think Pau Wau puts just that little bit more into the work. We sell at high end bookshops like Dashwood in New York, Claire De Rouen in London, and Colette in Paris – these people have always praised our hand made approach. We don’t just drop the images off at a printers, and then pick up a laser printed and stapled zine, where all the work is done for you in the publishing side. We’re using the printing method we choose for each book ourselves, watching every sheet come out, we hand fold every single sheet, we dye cover stock in baths, spray pages with fix when we used the wrong paper where the ink wouldn’t sit on the page, we stitch them by hand or on a dodgy old sewing machine! So many mistakes have happened along the way, but every zine we make we learn from, and that’s part of the fun. I think when you pick up a Pau Wau zine, you know a lot of love has gone into it. But in the end, they are just zines I suppose!

The book you’ve got called ‘J.O.E.’ looks really great – who is he?

J.O.E was actually one of the very first Pau Wau books, we did that January last year. It’s the most raw I think. We had no idea what we were doing! That’s the one where we used this cheap drawing paper, and Xeroxed it, the ink would rub off on your hands because the paper didn’t take it! So we ended up using fix on every sheet to keep in the ink in. It was a fucking nightmare! But that’s been one of the best selling ones now. Joe is a kid I met in 2005 in Brooklyn, I started documenting his life, we met up a bunch over the course of about three years, and I would just take his picture and we’d walk around Brooklyn. He was a really grown up kid, very street wise. And he had this great style and look. It was amazing to photograph him during that period, from 15 to 17. I was always thinking I was such a dork when I was his age, how could a kid this young be so knowledgeable and dress so well – I like to pick subjects I can learn from.

Is that you with the gold ring in the videos?

The gold ring and hands belong to the Chief! We don’t mess with the Chief. Every now and then he invites us into his TeePee to smoke the peace pipe. But we never see his face. He’s like Dr. Claw in Inspector Gadget, you never see his face!

Ab-300

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. List

    The Typographic Circle (like The Magic Circle but with less rabbits-in-hats and more font chat) was founded nearly 40 years ago and is still going strong in its mission to “bring together anyone with an interest in type and typography.”

  2. Chloe-scheffe-modern-times-signs-int-list

    We’re struggling to believe that Chloe Scheffe is still a student: her work is incredibly mature, nuanced and smart. She’s studying at Rhode Island School of Design, which in part explains her brilliant output, and her site is a testament to the quality and breadth of her output. Two very different but equally accomplished projects that caught our eye are some brilliant monochrome posters for a show at the college, which need little explanation, and some signage, which needs a little more.

  3. A2-moscow-int-list

    Somewhat lazily I’ve included an image in this post that concisely explains exactly what Moscow Sans is, who’s created it and why – which pretty much negates this whole piece of text. But in truth it was the best example of the typeface in use that I could find, hence its inclusion with the images below. Anyway, rather than repeating the sentiments of this text I’ll just say how excited I am to see Margaret Calvert lending her expertise to this project and reiterate a widely-held view that Henrik Kubel and Scott Williams are some of the finest typographic designers working today. Enjoy!

  4. Artworklove-jeff-koons-int-list

    You’d struggle to make a big, bright, shiny Jeff Koons balloon dog anything but visually brilliant, but Parisian studio Artworklove has surely done more with it than most, making it the star of some beautifully designed invitations to the artist’s show at the Pompidou centre. The colours, the scale and the stock selected work together beautifully and make a nice introduction to what the studio’s been up to since we last posted about them in 2012, when we flagged up some great art direction using a nice Julia Roberts quip. Other cool noteworthy projects they’ve carried out of late include a great identity for French furniture and homeware site La Chance, which takes a simple icon and colour palette and twists the mark into something more dynamic.

  5. Nbstudio-almeida-int-list

    It’s often the case with design work that the final outcome is quite different in scope to the original brief. So it was for NB Studio, which was originally asked by the Almeida Theatre in London for a brand review and refresh. After what the studio calls “an intensive period of immersion and briefing sessions,” the NB team came back with a more wide-ranging proposal – “It was clear then that this was to be a bold re-brand rather than mere cosmetic enhancement,” they say.

  6. Vg_alphabeta_04

    About seven years ago Village Green produced a series of iconic posters for London’s infamous Fabric nightclub… and then we haven’t checked up on them since. Poor form on our part as they’ve been busy expanding, improving and creating work for bigger and better clients. Currently it seems they’re specialising in architectural branding for commercial property developments, cladding the Alphabeta redevelopment in Finsbury Square, London and The Bonhill Building office spaces on Old Street. Of course they’ve done other stuff too; like the identity and exhibition design for Jean Paul Gaultier’s Barbican show and Nike’s 2013 Hypervenom campaign, but frankly there’s just too much stuff to cover in one article. We’ll be sure to keep closer tabs on these guys in future.

  7. Quimmarin-posters-int-list

    Barcelona-based designer and art director Quim Marin has a strong visual sensibility and a prolific work-rate if scrolling through his site is anything to go by. There’s a load of impressive poster and other print design on there, with particularly effective use of some trendy tropes which can often feel stale in less talented hands. “In such a visually polluted environment I try to come up with fresh and memorable designs with a clear aim at essential beauty and equilibrium that, at the same time, will ensure communicative effectiveness,“ Quim says by way of a mission statement, and it’s hard to sum up his work better than that.

  8. Chevalvert-int-list-2

    You wade into Chevalvert’s portfolio rubbing your hands across your eyes, unsure of what you’ve stumbled across. The Paris-based studio was founded in 2007 by Patrick Paleta and Stéphane Buellet and describes itself as being based on an “open, multidisciplinary approach,” which might go some way to explaining why it feels like a cave laden with treasures. So many treasures.

  9. Fantastic-man-list

    Fantastic Man magazine has been redesigned, as shown in its teaser image of its tenth anniversary issue. The magazine’s new issue cover star JW Anderson has shown the new cover on Instagram, which reveals a new design seeing the masthead run vertically and horizontally, instead of its previous preluder horizontal configuration. The cover image also runs to both sides, moving away from its previous white-edged format. We’re excited to see what changes might have been made to the inside of the mag…

  10. Dwp-bikestock-int-list

    This morning I had a puncture that I couldn’t fix and had to get the train to work, so it feels timely to be writing about Bikestock, a range of vending machines full of cycling essentials that can be found all over New York and Boston. The concept is a simple one; inner tubes, spanners, tyre levers tyres and any number of other little bits and pieces that make your wheels turn smoothly are boshed into a vending machine so you can grab them on the go and, more importantly, at any time of day!

  11. List

    Joost Bos is a recent graduate from the Academie Minerva Groningen in The Netherlands where he’s spent three years studying for his bachelor’s degree. Like many of his Dutch counterparts he’s a dab hand with typography both traditional and experimental and has a plethora of printed pieces in his portfolio. This one, Sequence 1, is an exhibition catalogue for a show of artist books at Joost’s alma mater, which perfectly demonstrates his design sensibilities. Immaculately set type is interspersed with hand-drawn elements and bright colours bring intrigue to an otherwise monochrome publication. Like what you’re seeing? He’s available for freelance work right now!

  12. Sam-coldy-penguin-int-list

    Is it just me or is Penguin killing it at the moment? The publishing house only recently celebrated its 80th birthday by launching a range of its classic titles for 80p each, accompanied by a slick website and a poster campaign which has reached even the furthest corners of London’s transport system. And right now, they’re in the midst of a new campaign called On the Page which celebrates women authors and characters in literary masterpieces.

  13. Karansingh-mop-int-list

    The glorious coming together of pattern, shape and colour makes for a joyous experience and that’s why print designers are held in such high regard. Last week we commissioned Animade to turn three eye-poppingly good Pucci x Orlebar Brown patterns into trippy GIFs, this week we’re turning our attention to profiling creatives we believe are among the best around when it comes to working in this area. We are proud to present these #mastersofprint.