There are many great things about the latest issue of Gratuitous Type, Elana Schlenker’s gorgeous printed publication celebrating this geekiest corner of the graphics world. The third instalment is the first based around a theme; kicking off with colour (or “color” as the Canadian publishers insist on having it…).
Firstly, it’s subtitled “A pamphlet of typographic smut” which is just a really excellent sentence whichever way you look at it. Secondly, it’s really nicely designed, from the die-cut wrap-around cover to the change-up of paper stock on the centrefold and the image-rich layouts. Thirdly, the names involved are eclectically international and uniformly excellent; from long-time favourites of ours like Hato Press, Hvass & Hannibal and Jordy van den Nieuwendijk (who designed the risograph postcard which comes with the magazine) to Bendita Gloria and Fanette Mellie.
But most of all what I love is that while typographic celebrations are often visual affairs, Elana’s editorial approach results in genuinely insightful interviews to run alongside the (plentiful) aesthetic perving on offer.
- Zoe Kao and Huang Wun-Sing find inspiration in the uncertainty of the design process
- Documenting the world in motion: Lauren Tamaki’s illustrations of modern life
- Baptise Bernazeau’s ode to ruins told through crumbling typography and illustration
- The jack of all trades, and the master of them too: Robbie Simon
- Submit Saturdays: First impressions and Cover Pages
- A futuristic framework for the retrospective of pioneering “total design” advocate Ove Arup
- Pentagram unveils refresh of Mastercard’s brand mark and identity
- Chris (Simpsons Artist)'s surreal but accurate illustrations of creative jobs
- Benedict Redgrove’s beautifully hypnotic film about how a tennis ball is created
- Ian Davis’ picturesque paintings of bureaucratic dystopia
- Photographer Adrienne Salinger’s series of teenage bedrooms from the 90s
- Is it ever OK to work for free?