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!
- Scott Newett’s eerily quiet, ethereal portraits of Chinese utopia
- Jade Schulz’s atmospheric and imaginative editorial illustrations
- Emiliano Granado’s new zine puts a fresh spin on Tour de France fandom
- The big cover up: Mathieu Thibault's translations of graffiti
- Artist Howard Fonda captures the vibrancy of summer for Ace & Tate
- Robbie Simon, the jack of all trades and the master of them too
- Benedict Redgrove’s beautifully hypnotic film about how a tennis ball is created
- Tommy Cash subverts the tropes of rap videos with a fleshy celebration of the human body (NSFW)
- Ian Davis’ picturesque paintings of bureaucratic dystopia
- Is it ever OK to work for free?
- Pentagram unveils refresh of Mastercard’s brand mark and identity
- Peter Saville and Tate Design Studio create beer can artwork for Switch House pale ale