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!
- Brian Griffin's haunting new photography book documents paths that led to the Holocaust
- Japanese designer Tadashi Ueda is back with some ambiguously playful posters
- Great design redressing scuzzy skate aesthetics for new totally rad boardsports mag
- Eric Shaw's abstract looped paintings start as digital sketches
- The Midlands folk who celebrate all-things American, shot beautifully by Tom Martin
- Matthew Brooks documents the eerie homes of mid-century Italian-Canadian immigrants
- A mind full of filthy ideas and creative brilliance: we visit Malika Favre
- The bizarre, twilight world of Berlin-based photographer Maxime Ballesteros
- Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam and Colophon create typeface that works with the Earth's tilt
- The Anonymous Sex Journal is back, and this issue is all about wanking
- 12-year-old accidentally punches a hole $1.5 million painting
- Ely Dagher’s hypnotic and erotic animated vignettes for Model 86’s EP (NSFW)