There’s a famous Jesuit maxim which says: “Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man” which is all well and good, but I would suggest that it’s our student days that really shape us. With that in mind, this ace new book from Frank Philippin and Billy Kiosoglou of Brighten The Corners is a real eye-opener as it interviews 50 practising designers about their current work and their art school days. With the likes of Margaret Calvert, Ken Garland, Stefan Sagmester and Andy Stevens of Graphic Thought Facility all taking part, alongside younger talents like Daniel Eatock, Jan Wilker and Kirsty Carter of A Practice for Everyday Life, there is a real cross-section of the creative community to compare.
As well as the illuminating interviews, the front of the book is given over to some handy charts which show us the participants’ waking-up times, favourite foods and even weights then and now. A great read for anyone interested in the way creative process works, or needs to know what exercise Andreas Gnass does (badminton and snowboarding). Fittingly, it’s really well designed too…
- Back so soon? It's Best of the Web!
- The poised collages of New Contemporaries artist Katja Angeli
- True Print: the work of Swiss designer Dafi Kühne catalogued in fantastic new monograph
- The compositional eye of photographer Petr Pawlowski
- French designer Paul Bouigue makes a colourful fanzine about racket sports
- Anthony Burrill designs A-OK! watch in collaboration with Mr Jones Watches
- Photographer Carlota Guerrero on collaborating with Solange and getting signed to WeFolk (some NSFW)
- Taiwanese graphic designer Wang Zhi-Hong’s sublime cover designs
- New York-based Blake Lewis’ neat and considered portfolio exudes simplicity
- Erotic journal Odiseo explores laughter and loathing in its ninth volume (NSFW)
- London-based designer Laura Jouan’s well-considered, monochrome portfolio
- Sagmeister & Walsh releases more pins, raising funds for “causes threatened by the Trump administration”