Honesty is, as everybody knows, apparently the best policy. So straight off the bat that secures top marks for The Designers Republic (TDR) and their new book Bunch of Fives. As Ian Anderson writes in the foreword: “This in’t a book about graphic design. Maybe it’s not really a book at all. It’s a self-promotional item – if you’re still wondering where to file it.”
Except it’s not really that simple. To mark TDR’s 25th birthday and the fifth anniversary of Evolutionprint, Ian approached a host of top art and design talent – think Haroon Mirza, Craig Oldham, Adrian Shaughnessy, Matt Pyke and Paula Scher – and asked them to respond to the brief “What does five mean to you.”
Ian describes the results as " connections made and bridges being built – maybe, if you like the idea, it’s a book about the potential of everything multiplied by everything else…It’s people with nothing to prove to each other, dropping their guard in the playground."
There’s photographs, doodles, posters, text, collages and illustrations, with each contributor offering as little or as much information as they deem necessary, with idiosyncratic little editorial notes next to each entry. It’s fun and fascinating and also a beautifully-designed object in its own right, with neon pink end papers offsetting the matte black cover and various typographic curiosities.
And, when all is said and done, it kind of is a book about graphic design, albeit in a tangental way, despite all protestations to the contrary…
- Illustrator Lili des Bellons' chipper images are full of geometric whimsy
- Matt and Dan’s stark graphic posters for Daniel Avery’s Divided Love
- A hotel’s Wes Anderson-esque dated decor and plant life photographed by Ina Niehoff
- Cheeky, irreverent and vivid illustrations by Thomas Hedger
- Brilliant branding and a cracking It’s Nice That collaboration: introducing Unmade
- Director collective Canada creates raunchy, psychedelic video for Tame Impala (NSFW)
- Anthony Burrill tells us about his numerous Etsy WORK HARD rip-offs
- “I wouldn’t recommend trying to make it as an illustrator to anyone”: straight-talking McBess
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Japanese illustrator Nimura Daisuke is back with his charmingly naughty gifs
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Making branding with a purpose: what can we learn from the Bauhaus?