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!
- Photographer Maxwell Conrad Granger shows the goofy beauty of youth
- Serpentine appoints Francis Kéré to build "tree-inspired" 2017 pavilion
- Director Nick Roney on taking The Lemon Twigs to his grandparents’ house
- Designer Lennart Van den Bossche’s typographic work combines "logic and beauty"
- Meet the speakers: Carl Burgess, Oscar Hudson, Mirka Laura Severa and Olivia Ahmad
- Varied, playful and slightly odd drawings from Japanese illustrator Summer House
- Grope Sans: a very rude typeface by Bompas & Parr
- Japanese graphic designer Ryu Mieno creates type-heavy works fizzing with energy
- The reductive and exacting work of graphic designer Laura Prim
- Why creative education for advertising is stuck in the dark ages
- Leipzig-based graphic designer Anja Kaiser takes us through her portfolio
- Nicolas Jaar releases Network, a book inspired by radio