Gather round children, come kneel at the feet of wise old Papa Alderson while I tell you about the early 1990s – a different time, a simpler time in many ways. The soundtrack was part acid house, part the rustle of our shiny tracksuits and the back-to-back figures in the Kappa logo seemed to herald a new era of cooperation. Cool Britannia was a pipe dream, and in 1993 Mrs Doubtfire outperformed Schindler’s List which seems troubling in retrospect. Excuse the misty-eyed reminiscing, but it’s really Daniel Evans and Brendan Baker who are to blame. Their superb Wet Look 93 for the latest issue of LAW magazine transported me right back o that era, time-travelling through the medium of wet look hair gel – that thick, electric blue substance that was always oddly cold to the touch.
So revel in the slicked forward curtains, the odd sartorial statements and the knowledge that most of these hairstyles would feel crispy to the touch. A brilliant, nostalgic romp through an unfashionable age – thanks guys!
- May Diary: where to go and what to see this month
- Crisp and vibrant design work from ECAL graduate Clement Rouzaud
- Portuguese illustrator Tiago Galo’s plump little characters are oddly charming
- Matthew Butcher launches the Flood House that will travel around the Thames Estuary
- Haunting train-simulator-based animation by Jack Featherstone for Occult Orientated Crime
- The best things on the web, YOUR best comments and the finest folk to follow on social media
- Philip Coppola spends nearly 40 years illustrating New York City’s Subway Stations
- LA studio Laundry creates amazing warped Simpsons idents for American channel FX
- Design Bridge creates new harp icon for Guinness
- Winning design for Tokyo 2020 Olympics unveiled
- Prince: 1958-2016
- Milton Glaser creates new look for Brooklyn Brewery