People are always finding amazing things in attics; so much so that I always think I should spend a weekend rooting through my loft, but then I remember I live in a flat and don’t have an attic and get sad.
Anyway over in Norway the Oslo National Academy of the Arts has an attic in which they recently discovered an extraordinary graphic design archive forgotten for half a century. Rare journals, type catalogues, printing presses and 130 cases of type were discovered alongside letters between design luminaries like Jan Tschichold.
The collection is thought to be the work of design teacher Ivar Bell and is on show at the museum until the end of December. But thrillingly there is also a great website where you can immerse yourself in the archive, with excellent use of video to bring the haul to life. Get your geek on!
- Lili des Bellons illustrates a fluoro world of monsters and robots
- Type tells Tales: Steven Heller and Gail Anderson explore the performative traits of type
- Things: The post full of positivity we received this April
- Photographer Louis De Belle’s unconventional portraits of New York commuters
- M35 creates a topographical identity for a project about Australia's rural landscape
- We speak to the three creatives behind a Nigerian-focused editorial and film for Kenzo
- Animator and director James Curran’s amusing 30-day Gifathon project in Tokyo
- Photographer Sophie Mayanne’s new personal project celebrates imperfection (NSFW)
- Animator Saiman Chow’s trippy idents for Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty
- The daily grind: Louis Quail’s photographs of fascinatingly mundane offices
- "Before I was a graphic designer I had nearly no idea what one was": meet Austin Redman
- Matthew Raw: the east London artist making clay great again