Yeah yeah, we all love the internet: the whole world at your fingertips and all that cliched (yet undeniably true) jibber jabber. But I tell you what I really really love; books. Books are great. They may not have the whole world accounted for, but designed well, books can conquer all.
So when we stumbled across the beautifully designed The Penguin Plays Rough Book of Short Stories by talented graphic design duo Plüs Aktïön (or Stuart for those who like to keep things simple) and Elise Santangelo we were utterly struck by its loveliness.
The accompanying book to live monthly fiction readings held in a Sydney warehouse (yes it is high up there on the cool culture-vulture stakes), the book is a beautiful collection of illustrative brilliance, typographic experimentation and tasty graphic design. Attempting to catch the energy of each of the readings by presenting them in a vivid and noisy way, this talented duo have well and truly hit the nail on the head!
- M/M (Paris) and the ongoing conversations that define its practice
- Mari Kanstad Johnson's wonderful work picks apart complex narratives
- Bradley Pinkerton’s projects combine handmade gestures with scanned-in textures
- Roberts Rurans uses acrylic paint to add depth and warmth to his illustrations
- The prodigal return of “iconoclastic” artist Danny Fox
- Jump into the world of Ben Jones’ post-internet, psychedelic paintings
- Polaroid’s creative director Danny Pemberton introduces new brand Polaroid Originals
- Artist Dominique Pétrin on creating her very own domestic product
- Universal Everything animate emotive wallpapers for new iPhone devices
- Herburg Weiland’s meticulous editorial designs are typographically-driven
- The Visual History of Type author Paul McNeil selects and dissects his six favourite faces
- Breakdown Press’ Joe Kessler picks out his most-treasured books