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!
- Camelot’s typefaces bring both the contemporary and historical to the table
- Scott Newett’s eerily quiet, ethereal portraits of Chinese utopia
- Jade Schulz’s atmospheric and imaginative editorial illustrations
- Emiliano Granado’s new zine puts a fresh spin on Tour de France fandom
- The big cover up: Mathieu Thibault's translations of graffiti
- Artist Howard Fonda captures the vibrancy of summer for Ace & Tate
- Benedict Redgrove’s beautifully hypnotic film about how a tennis ball is created
- Tommy Cash subverts the tropes of rap videos with a fleshy celebration of the human body (NSFW)
- Ian Davis’ picturesque paintings of bureaucratic dystopia
- Is it ever OK to work for free?
- Pentagram unveils refresh of Mastercard’s brand mark and identity
- Peter Saville and Tate Design Studio create beer can artwork for Switch House pale ale