A few years back, whenever I was in Topshop I used to take one of their “Students get 10% off” cards, not for the patronising (but welcome) discount, but because I could not resist the very sweet, candy-cloured design of the flyer. So when the portfolio of Shaz Madani came through to us yesterday you can only imagine my glee to find the image of that little flyer tucked in a corner of her website.
This sort of pleasant surprise crops up throughout Shaz’s work, where around many corners you can find beautifully designed pieces that you’ve always admired but never knew who was responsible for. A good example of this is issue four of the ever-brilliant Elephant magazine to which Shaz contributed her design and art direction skills, and of course the magnificent Wellcome Trust window display which was one of the most perfectly executed and informed window displays London has ever seen. Throughout her work, Shaz has the enviable ability to take a huge range of briefs and attack them with a kind of humble grace and classic design knowledge that is increasingly hard to come by.
- Art mag Kaleidoscope unveils Mirko Borsche-designed winter issue
- Behind the scenes of the lady who shoots chihuahuas in party hats, yoyoists and strippers
- Great poster designs for Adana Nights series by Vienna-based Lukas Haider
- Illustrator Jim Stoten works his magic for Marmite in a fun new ad campaign
- Design studio Praline reflects on a five year relationship with Peckham Platform
- Obscure and minimal fashion photography from New York-based Paul Jung
- Illustrated campaign for Volkswagen uses parents lying to children as a metaphor
- Rebecca Scheinberg comes pretty damn close to making perfect photographs
- Embracing the uncanny with photographer Nadia Lee Cohen (NSFW)
- Hello and welcome to the new look It’s Nice That
- Craig Gibson's photography is sincere and refreshing
- We ask some established creatives what they wish they'd learned at art school