You might have heard the rumours but unless you live next door to them, you might not know that The Church Of London, the guys responsible for _Huck _ and Little White Lies have undergone something of a reshuffle of late with a gang of them heading off to from a new creative studio, Human After All, and the rest staying behind to focus more completely on the publishing side of things. This means a new creative steer for Little White Lies, which for long term fans might be a little bit of a concern.
Don’t worry though, all’s good over at LWL HQ and Issue 49 looks as good as you’ve come to expect; that always-engaging cover illustration firmly in place, this time bearing the striking (beautifully illustrated) visage of Cate Blanchett. Inside it’s all about Woody Allen, with a range of features exploring the director’s relationship with women (on screen) over the years and some of his less successful movies. Elsewhere there’s a fantastic interview with Dan Perry, a man responsible for the title cards of films like Wall Street, Raging Bull, Blood Simple and The Exorcist and the usual tranche of interviews and reviews.
Design-wise it feels like this issue has been pared back a little with more of a recognisable magazine structure in amongst all the illustration. For my money this might be a good thing as I can navigate this badboy with ease, and there’s still enough eye candy on display to keep my visual hunger sated. With all fears of a massive change in direction allayed, I’m looking forward to seeing what the new team will come up with next. Good luck folks!
- Curator Shonagh Marshall takes us through the highlights from Hair by Sam McKnight
- Yeji Yun’s imaginative zine combines frozen lands, whales and cocktails
- Zhang Kechun encapsulates the oblivion of China's mysterious Yellow River
- Artist Anna Valdez brings her eye for detail to digital painting
- Bold in its broadness, the work of Dave Singley
- Córdova Canillas seek inspiration between nostalgia and obsolescence for C de C annual
- Reasons Not To Do Graphic Design by Yotam Hadar
- Nostalgia in branding: top design studios analyse the NatWest and Co-op retrobrands
- Google and Monotype launch Noto, an open-source typeface family for all the world’s languages
- The only way is ethics: what are the moral obligations of a graphic designer?
- Rachel Levit illustrates contemporary relationships in new book
- Creative agency INT Works relaunches as Anyways, with a playful graphic identity