I once boldly proclaimed to my colleagues that I didn’t rate any publication that you couldn’t read comfortably on the train (I hadn’t thought it through truth be told) but if I really did believe that then I’d happily make an exception for the new issue of design agency Fivefootsix’s 56+1 magazine. For their third publication they’ve collaborated with Beach London and ten really talented young illustrators taking their first tentative steps into the professional world. Kicking off with the simple question “what next?”, first creative James Jessiman has provided an image and then set the question for the next illustrator and so on throughout the series taking in inspiration, motivation and post-project celebration among other themes.
It’s a neat enough central conceit but the work’s what makes it, with no fewer than four of last year’s It’s Nice That graduates included (Ellie Andrews, Grace Helmer, Lorna Scobie and Joshua Checkley) alongside some new names we’re sure have got big futures ahead of them. And yes the oversized format really works really well!
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- A magazine that tells stories of life, from everywhere and anywhere
- Effortlessly sleek art direction from Paris-based Romain Lenancker
- New York's Meatpacking district rebranded by Base Design to highlight area’s “contrasts”
- Being creative and looking at art: what can it do for mental health?
- Impossible perspectives and block-like figures in Mernet Larsen’s paintings
- Should illustrators be treated like designers?
- Why “cool” stunts creativity: one agency offers its opinion
- Fresh, vibrant poster work from South Korean designer Soojin Lee
- Pentagram’s Emily Oberman brands Snoop Dogg’s new line of weed products
- How do you redesign Kinfolk? What does graphic designing for Wes Anderson involve? Can drawing get you girls?
- Inspire and being inspired: graphic designers who teach