When I was showing off the inaugural issue of French magazine Cercle to the rest of the editorial team, everyone commented on how darn good it smelled. But it turned out that these olfactory pleasures were just the start – this annual, thematic publication has set itself a high standard. This first issue is all about the forest but the editorial approach is anything but singular. The opening spread features a beautiful Gustave Doré drawing and interviews range from a forest manager to artists and writers plus there’s a plethora of visual treats too, not least a host of excellent illustration.
Only certain bits are translated but those features are lively and enlightening while there’s a coherency and confidence about the design that shows why Cercle Studio wanted to bring their own publication into the world. 2014’s issue will be themed around science-fiction, and I’m already excited to see (and smell) it.
- Wrap up warm with this week's Best of the Web
- This is Jane: a charming photo series that displays the empowerment of women
- Brooklyn-based illustrator Aaron Fernandez’s fluorescent editorial commissions
- London-based designer Laura Jouan’s well-considered, monochrome portfolio
- Join Jonathan Barnbrook, Maisie Willoughby, Wallace Henning, Anna Lomax and Jess Bonham at Nicer Tuesdays December
- Legs 11: artist Alfie Kungu’s comically long-trousered figures
- Wes Anderson directs H&M Christmas advert starring Adrien Brody
- The New Look: Looking back at Roundel’s 1980s identity design for British Rail’s Railfreight
- Discussing cinema with Laura Marling on her directorial debut, Soothing
- London’s first crisp restaurant, Hipchips, launches with branding by Ragged Edge
- Richard Sandler’s street photography conveys the intricacies of city life
- A "stress opus" from cartoonist Nadine Redlich