Libraries have been in the news a lot this year because as many come under threat of closure, community groups have issued use-it-or-lose-it pleas to remind people why these are such significant facilities.
One of the most creative library-based events we’ve come across was Mass Movement, by Real Gold and the T-shirt Party inspired by the the idea that independent ideas gain momentum through community and collaboration.
They approached various artists including James Pearson-Howes, Ben Freeman and Carri Munden to explore the amazing archive held by the CLR James Library in Dalston, east London, and pick out images that captured their imaginations. These were made available to members of the local community last weekend who were able to make them into t-shirts and above and beyond this being an uplifting tale, there was also some top collage work courtesy of the many superb images (plus a few newer bits and pieces) at the participants’ disposal.
- 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