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.
- Rodion Kitaev illustrates the goings on of an office party in mammoth detail
- Makings of a Man: It’s Nice That and Harry’s invite you to be a life model for a day
- A higgledy-piggledy, funny yet tragic tale: The Romance of the Skeleton
- Tiago Galo’s refreshing, travel-themed illustrations remind us of sunnier times
- Artist Morgan Blair on her “pathological need to make you laugh”
- Lennarts & de Bruijn’s “hot as hell” campaign for Utrecht club, Ekko
- Polaroid’s creative director Danny Pemberton introduces new brand Polaroid Originals
- Artist Dominique Pétrin on creating her very own domestic product
- Universal Everything animate emotive wallpapers for new iPhone devices
- Herburg Weiland’s meticulous editorial designs are typographically-driven
- The Visual History of Type author Paul McNeil selects and dissects his six favourite faces
- Breakdown Press’ Joe Kessler picks out his most-treasured books