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Graphic Design

June Review

Posted by Alex Bec,

June is only a couple of weeks old and we’ve already had a huge amount of post come through. Some of the best bits are here for your viewing pleasure.

Iron Me On

By Mike Perry. Published by Chronicle Books
DIY fashion fun, just add an iron and this nice bit of self promotion from the ever productive Mike Perry.
www.midwestisbest.com
www.chroniclebooks.com

Crowning Glory: A Book about Hair

Designed and printed by Alice Pattullo
Who knows if bald heads are romantic or not? What I do know is that Crowning Glory has all the nostalgic weight of vintage shop ephemera, a considered layout and illustrations that show off Alice’s drawing and printing skills like a nicely quaffed quiff.
www.alicepattullo.com

Notations 21

By Theresa Sauer. Published by Mark Patty Publishing
For those of us that love music but have no idea how to make it, music notations offer a beautiful, if tiny visual insight to the workings of our favorite composers. This weighty homage to John Cage’s Notations 1968 is full of almost Koncrete Poetic illustrations interspersed with essays from the composers themselves. An Education.
www.markbattypublisher.com

81 People

Designed and Printed by level three Graphic Design students at Bristol, University of the West of England
A nice look into the process and thinking of a graduating year. It’s great to see a catalogue that is so carefully executed to show all the potential of a promising group of students, without giving the game away before their big finale.
www.typenowhere.com

No Brow No.1

All-Rounders Sam Arthur and Alex Spiro. Printed in London by Calvert’s Press
A lovely looking, themed and designed Object of Illustration. The Artists’ themselves look like a Who’s Who to Watch and No Brow Press feels like the quality Champion of new talent. It’s editioned too so it feels extra special.
www.nobrow.net

Material Beliefs

Content from the Interaction Research Studio. Printed by Lecturis. Designed by Hyperkit
Everything in this book is beautifully considered, the design feels perfect and respectful to the content as does the stock it is printed on. The whole thing has a real integrity that echoes the hard work and culmination of it’s subject matter. It’s a real treat to read about something that is so completely relevant and to have our understanding in science bettered by the people that do it best. Hats off to Hyperkit and thank you to the Interaction Research Studio.
www.materialbeliefs.com

Journal de Nîmes

Designed by Tenue de Nîmes. Printed by Printerface
Classic looking bit of print from denim inspired boutique, Tenue de Nîmes. Takes denim as seriously as the Boss.
www.tenuedenimes.com

Talking about Arabic

Written by Mourad Boutros. Published by Mark Batty Publishers
Some interesting tech-talk on how digitalising the historically calligraphic traditions of Arabic affects it and those who can read it. If like me you can’t read Arabic, it also has some interesting bits and pieces on the history of graphic design in the middle east.
www.markbattypublisher.com

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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: Art View Archive

  1. Anniedescarteaux-collage-7home-int

    Annie Descôteaux’s work is confident, engaging and straight-forwardly slapstick. The Montreal-based artist works with installation, drawing and collage and has seen her work exhibited and discussed at conferences on colour theory. In equally impressive outings, it’s also appeared in Bloomberg and Pica magazines, among other publications. Annie’s collage work is well-balanced with clean lines, sharp colours and discreet humour; each piece littered with raw steak, fried eggs and shuttlecocks.

  2. Oliviervrancken-untitled-1-inthome

    Olivier Vrancken is a graphic designer and artist based in Holland. Painting and drawing his way through commissions and personal work, he is inspired by everything from primitive art to the great lyricists that are Black Sabbath. Olivier has exhibited all over Europe, his Cubist aesthetic and visual references laden with nods to cut-outs, still life, architecture and the human form. There’s a great colour palette to his work and some nice titles like Bad Hair Day and Wanderlust. Olivier’s work reminds me of the prints that appeared all over the T-shirts of the 1980s, in a good way.

  3. Menutnutnut-drawing-4-int

    Me nut nut nut was one of Jason Murphy’s daughter’s first utterances, and is now the name for his drawings of awkward stories of fear and incompetence. Inspired by the physical comedy of The Young Ones and The Ren & Stimpy Show, Jason’s drawings rely on comic intuition and references to real-life moments, like dropping a potato on his cat.

  4. Seamus_murhpy_pj-harvey_-recording-in-progress_-2015.-an-artangel-commission.-_1_int

    While we wait to take our turn to become a sort of strangely sanctioned voyeur as PJ Harvey records her ninth album, thinking about what’s ahead feels peculiar. Essentially, we’re going to see PJ (Polly Jean) Harvey, her band, producers Flood and John Parish, a photographer and two engineers making an album in a Something & Son-designed box, formed of glass that allows visitors to see in, while the musicians can’t see out.

  5. Atelierbingo-list-int

    Up to the point when I opened Atelier Bingo’s new zine Wogoo Zoogi I’d never wondered what two aliens in heated conversation might look like. Having had a read I can now confirm that the answer is “they are speaking, singing very strangely, and they have a hair on their tongues." The newest bout of work from French illustration and surface design duo Adèle Favreau and Maxime Prou is a wonderful celebration of playful, dynamic, abstract art; blending shapes, colours and patterns in a glorious puddle of chaos thinly disguised as alien chat. In fact, it’s everything we’ve been led to expect from the pair, who we’ve dolloped praise on in the past.

  6. Faigahmed-carpets-list-2-int

    Faig Ahmed is an Azerbaijani artist doing remarkable things with carpets. He takes traditional Azerbaijani rugs – enormous, beautiful intricate creations – un-weaves them, and reconstructs them to create new patterns and shapes, subverting traditional usage of rugs as domestic objects to be walked all over, and rejuvenating them with optical illusions and techniques reminiscent of contemporary internet art. 

  7. Slavs_tatars-loveletters-home-int

    The work of Slavs & Tatars is awash with unlikely cultural references, balloons, archives and carpets. Identifying “the area east of the former Berlin Wall and west of the Great Wall of China” as the focus of their work, their projects are generous, engaging and genre-crossing. Starting as a reading group before shifting into making their own work, Slavs & Tatars have recently been working on a continuation of their Long Legged Linguistics project, a multi-faceted study of language as a source of emancipation. The somewhat secretive collective were kind enough to tell us more about this and their “bazaar” approach to making work.

  8. Davidbatchelor-october-13-int

    If you go down to the Whitechapel Gallery anytime between now and early April you’ll be sure to come across a huge breadth of work chronicling the adventures of the black square, from 1915 all the way up to the present day. It’s fairly monochromatic, as you might expect. Upstairs, however, things get drastically more colourful – especially once you come to David Batchelor’s specially “disrupted” issue of October, one of the most respected art journals out there, first published in 1976 and edited by esteemed writers Michel Foucault, Richard Foreman and Noël Burch.

  9. Alexdacorte-easternsport-1-int

    Perennial student artist Alex Da Corte has qualifications, residencies and awards coming up to his eyeballs having studied Film, Animation and Fine Arts at New York’s School of Visual Arts, Printmaking and Fine Arts at The University of the Arts, Philadelphia and then a cheeky MFA in Sculpture at Yale. Busy guy!

  10. Duane_hanson_-_karma3

    Karma Books have just published a catalogue of Duane Hanson’s post-humous exhibition Flea Market Lady. Shown at New York’s Gagosian Gallery, Duane’s flea market ladies are taken from real-life characters and cast in bronze. An incredible feat of observation and skill, his work captures the character of his models and creates a very real atmosphere of flea-ing. Karma have kindly let us publish an extract from the imaginary conversation Maurizio Cattelan has with the artist in the foreword to the book:

  11. Hdl5_copy

    Hubert de Lartigue paints photo-realistic portraits that “serve the beauty” of his models, and his muse. He considers “emotion and soul” the most important part of a painting and spoke to us about his working process, inspiration and the impact of his muse, Octavie.

  12. Main_10.00.34

    If I won the lottery I’d open a gallery, and when I opened my gallery I’d totally rip off everything that David Kordansky Gallery does. From the big stuff like the very well-curated, cool list of artists they represent, to the impeccable printed matter they produce, to the matter of their easily navigable and well designed website – these guys are celebrating people’s work in the best way possible.

  13. List

    For all its simplicity – the limited use of colour, the seemingly straightforward shapes – there’s something about the work of Jens Wolf that’s undeniably intriguing and complex. Bringing to mind the likes of Josef Albers and Frank Stella, his abstract pieces set off their precise geometry with deliberate imperfections that add a human element to its formality. With his first London show opening in March, we had a chat with him about the creative process, the evolution of his work and why his London is forever foggy.