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!
- The effortlessly lovely hand-drawn illustrations of Paula Bulling
- Kii Monroe Arens' delicious gig posters
- Alex Paulus’ textured are full of misshapen characters in odd situations
- Taiwanese graphic designer Wang Zhi-Hong’s sublime cover designs
- Carmel Buckley and Mark Harris disect the album covers of calypso singer Mighty Sparrow
- Robots, rules and corporate identity: inside issue three of Japanese football magazine Shukyu
- 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