For a little while I was convinced that Essy May was the female alter-ego of London-based illustrator Stevie Gee; the sci-fi, shamanistic ying to his motorcycling, surfer-dude yang. Two parts of the same brain. In fact Essy is Stevie’s other half in a more traditional, long-term relationship sense and not the product of some creative split personality – although I think my confused take on it all was much more exciting.
Essy’s work is pretty freakin’ awesome in its own right; a psychedelic blend of menacing b-movie vixens, extra-terrestrial intervention and an unnerving dose of the occult, tied together with soft, gradient colour-palettes that are evocative of early full-colour moves and that mind-blowing art you get on fairground rides. Right up our street!
- Sam Pilling directs video for DJ Shadow track Nobody Speaks
- Mrzyk & Moriceau's hilariously psychedelic music video for The Avalanches
- Nick Waplington's artwork for Yak, a striking representation of their sound
- Ondrej Bachor and Jan Horcik create ever-evolving identity for fashion designer Karolina Jurikova
- Bodil Jane's illustrations: ornate, exotic and really very lovely
- Drifting SUVs in the Arabian desert: Peter Garritano explores the world of hajwalah
- Sagmeister & Walsh rebrands fashion label Milly to reflect its "edgy" new personality
- Dominic Wilcox designs art exhibition for dogs (plus exclusive artist sketches)
- Jaemin Lee’s gloriously retro exhibition identities and poster designs
- James Jean’s phantasmagorical world of technicolour fever dreams
- The Refugee Nation Olympic flag was inspired by a lifejacket
- Things: the inspiring post that got us through the long hot summer nights of August