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.
- The creative team behind John Grant’s post-apocalyptic world
- They have beauty, they have grace, they are Jack Mears’ ceramic dogs
- Caroline Tompkins deftly captures goggle marks, swim caps and foam floats
- Illustrator Jan Robert Duennweller's erratic style creates "visual headlines"
- Réka Neszmélyi's boundary breaking identity for Hungarian Bánkitó Cultural & Music Festival 2016
- Five things to remember as a young creative
- 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