Hey guys, great news! You know that awkward moment when someone asks you who your favourite Romanian graphic designer is and you just go all awkward and quiet and they hate you and leave? Right? Well we’ve got you covered, because we’ve just been sent a beautiful new publication from Iancu Barbărasă, a brilliant brand identity designer based in London. For a while now Iancul (the name he works under) has run a blog called Picturing Thoughts, “an ongoing personal project which turns thoughts into images, thereby creating space for more interesting thoughts.”
The images are a really fascinating insight into a designer’s mind, and it’s fun to compare and contrast the entries here with his consummate – but very different – client work. Now Iancu has collected some of his favourite entries into a lovely booklet where his clean, unfussy design approach gives them room to be enjoyed as an eclectic set. The vivid red cover first caught my eye when it landed in the studio but the quality within kept me interested – and the good news? This is billed as Collection 1 so watch this space!
- Camelot’s typefaces bring both the contemporary and historical to the table
- 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 Tremblin's translations of graffiti
- Artist Howard Fonda captures the vibrancy of summer for Ace & Tate
- 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