Brownie Guides was a serious learning curve for me. I was fresh out of the land of finger painting and percussion lessons (infant school) when I was thrust into the town hall and found, not a finishing school for eight-to-ten-year-olds, but a pit of pre-pubescent experimentation. When I was supposed to be learning how to build campfires and make dream catchers, what I was actually doing was learning to go for wees in the woods and how mean girls can be when they’re practising being grown-ups.
Jennie Ottinger knows. We first came across the California-based artist’s paintings of tennis matches last year, and this series of images of camps, parades and playgrounds is similarly fascinating in its critique of suburban society. Jennie extracts the naïve playfulness of young and old alike to expose the faintly sinister undertone lurking beneath. She often plays upon tragically comic scenes that others tend to skirt around, creating humorous and sometimes scathing images about various nostalgic elements of our culture. Lovely and terrifying in almost equal measure.
- Anthony Burrill tells us about his numerous Etsy WORK HARD rip-offs
- Stina Löfgren’s instructional illustrations for practical lunges
- Scandinavian aesthetics and do-right design approach: the brand values of Nudie Jeans
- A beautiful portrait of the communities, theatre and blingy pants of South Yorkshire wrestling
- Back to basics with Davide Di Gennaro’s symbol-heavy design workshop identity
- “I wouldn’t recommend trying to make it as an illustrator to anyone”: straight-talking McBess
- Should illustrators be treated like designers?
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Grey London's thoughtful, powerful and innovative new campaign for Tate Britain
- Anthony Burrill on starting out and staying focussed
- Introducing French design studio plus mûrs and its beautiful poster designs