For a couple of years now I’ve been compiling a list of elite clubs I dream of being a part of, and one of those is the world of country music. As if to further ignite my jealousy last week Italian photographer Mattia Balsamini sent over a zine containing a series he shot at a three-day country fair in Pordenone, Italy, and it looks absolutely glorious.
“Visitors came from some of the most remote Italian regions, as well as Germany, Switzerland and Slovenia,” Mattia explains. “For one weekend the town exhibition halls became saloons, ranches, and above all dancefloors.” Obviously he had to attend. “Partly out of masochism in wanting to hear country rock (and dance) music,” he says, “but also a bit out of curiosity, and in the end what came out is this series.”
The accompanying publication was created by Tipografia Reali and BOLO, with a layout by Cecilia Capelli, “who re-traced patterns of some of the many country dances and used them as graphical elements.” Which is basically the cherry on the cake for me.
- Dressed in Black: the resolute book covers of the Spektrum series
- Dima Shriyeav’s textured poster designs incorporate hand-drawn and digital elements
- Hai-Hsin Huang’s detailed and delicate illustrations present “the lightness of being”
- Laurent Eisler draws playful figures in “precariously balanced compositions”
- Small Gods magazine explores “anomalies of the drone”
- Adam Wells animates Love and Radio’s Dan Deacon interview through obtuse vignettes
- Fashion photographer Miles Aldridge shoots the cast of Game of Thrones for Time Magazine
- The Netherlands’ royal crest changes gender for national women’s football team kit by Nike
- Peek inside erotic magazine Odiseo’s very NSFW tenth issue
- Rick and Morty’s Exquisite Corpse trailer features 22 animators including Simon Landrein and Bendik Kaltenborn
- Design director, Gail Bichler, on The New York Times Magazine typography exhibition
- Mark Shaw captures the glamour of haute couture runways from the 1950s