We have been a fan of the publications produced by Café Royal Books for a while now, following the initiative with intrigue since it first appeared in the studio as a Thing in 2009. Set up seven years ago by publisher Craig Atkinson from his UK based studio, he works with photographers documenting everything notoriously British from pigeon racing to the Underground to that age-old craft of coconut-dancing.
And each one is consistently beautiful in their monochromatic colours and simple layout with wordless, double-page spreads capturing that magnificent bleakness, the dirt, the damp, the tremendous industrial landscapes broken by vast moody countryside so familiar to the UK. They are wonderfully nostalgic and brilliant for reminding us of some of the stranger festivities that happen across the country. So, just as a top up and to remind you just how great viaducts are, here is the latest edition, a collaboration with photographer John Darwell, Sheffield Tinsley Viaduct. These huge chimneys have never looked so dramatic.
- Michael DeForge’s mysterious, ominous illustrations
- Jesús Sotés folkish work draws darker themes into his commercial illustration
- Alex Blouin shoots petrolheads at Canada’s biggest car show
- Designer Cindy Kutikova on translating her ideas into a visual language
- “Graphic design of any and every printed matter”: introducing Arc studio
- Studio Output’s bumper bookshelf full of design and art inspiration
- The Sky Sports rebrand features bespoke type and refined logos across nine channels
- Rick and Morty’s Exquisite Corpse trailer features 22 animators including Simon Landrein and Bendik Kaltenborn
- Larry Hallegua captures sun worshippers on Pattaya Beach in Thailand
- Applicants to UK arts and design university courses declines by over 14,000 this year
- Michael Bierut designs new brand identity for the Poetry Foundation
- Design, Revolt, Rainbow: the pioneering work of graphic designer Willy Fleckhaus