Even at its most fundamental level, Song Dong’s Waste Not is extraordinary, a collection of more than 10,000 items collected by his late mother from toothpaste tubes to toys, bowls to blankets. But delve a little deeper and it’s so much more than that – a commentary on people’s remarkable resourcefulness in times of socio-political upheaval and an existential elegy to what remains after we’re gone. As with every new iteration of this project, Song’s family came together to create the new show at The Barbican, and every inch of it is alive with memories, emotions and unknown stories – it’s compelling, moving and important.
The show runs until June.
- Jeremy Jansen’s graphic design work bridges concept and coherency
- Michael Craig-Martin: a cool, clean and colourful riot of everyday objects
- Anatoly Grashchenko's randomly generated posters for a Moscow theatre
- Japanese illustrator Nimura Daisuke is back with his charmingly naughty gifs
- Bobby Doherty’s vivid and humorous still-life photography
- Dezeen founder and editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs talks us through his bookshelf
- Should illustrators be treated like designers?
- Why “cool” stunts creativity: one agency offers its opinion
- Fresh, vibrant poster work from South Korean designer Soojin Lee
- Grey London's thoughtful, powerful and innovative new campaign for Tate Britain
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Introducing French design studio plus mûrs and its beautiful poster designs