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Posted by Bryony Quinn,

Seriously good stuff this week. The Human Printer present their process secrets, The One Weekend Book Series go to Paris, Der Greif publish a story filled third issue, “all is number” with No.Zine who sent us three, four and five and finally, Raw Design make good at least one of their resolutions to “make things better” with a nice letter pressed poster. Cmd-colon, cmd-zero, people.

No. zines Patrick Fry

A spectrum of talented contributers (how’s about Benbo George, Michael Willis, Colin Henderson, Zoe Barker for starters?) plus Patrick Fry, of course, with his multi talents for curation, design, illustration and art-direction makes No. zines a happy thing. Independent art zines are not uncommon, but the attention to quality design, stock and finish plus the sheer variety of contributers make No. zine better than most.
www.nozine.com

The One Weekend Book Series. Volume Ten / January 2009 M.Lorenz, Antoine + Manuel

The premise is this – “each issue M. Lorenz and a Guest Artist are given 48 hours to experience a city, document it and create a visual diary without the use of computers”. What they made is a dreamy (fever induced, I believe) and personal record of Paris, “an exhibitionistic view of the personal state” in a sequential series of abstract washes and collated details. The cover has excellent gold foil stamping and I enjoyed the pantone blue of it all. Really nicely put together with considered design work by Two Points.
www.theoneweekendbookseries.com
www.twopoints.net

Der Greif Design by Simon Karlstetter, Leon Kirchlechner and Felix von Scheffer

Or, The Grab is a truly excellent photography magazine in the way that it conciously picks and places images that appear to tell their own stories with appropriate form, design additions and not a little intrigue. Some works deserve honorable mention like Ophelia by Ian Dunn (I think…) , a superfluous photo of a dress that appears as if submerged and Dominique Müller-Grote. The cover is also excellent.
www.dergreif-online.de

The Human Printer Book Design by Louise Naunton Morgan

An interesting process book documenting the staggering human printer by Louise Naunton Morgan. A limited run, this risographed and manually compiled book is like a happy after thought of a genuinely engaging process. Page 23 is my favourite. You get to “meet” the “printers” and take note of effectual character traits like ‘steady and reliable’ 01-Tubbs, she can be on my team.
www.thehumanprinter.org
www.hatopress.net

10 out of 11 Raw Design

“Millions of us make New Year resolutions in order to make the impending year a success – this poster hopes to offer some inspiration to make 2011, 11 out of 10.”. Letterpressed sentiments-come-resolutions make this two colour poster an exellent antidote to the new year’s inevitable Fail list. Quality as ever from Raw who know the worth of a good bit of print.
www.rawdesignstudio.co.uk

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Bryony was It’s Nice That’s first ever intern and worked her way up to assistant online editor before moving on to pursue other interests in the summer of 2012.

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    Lawrence Zeegen has never been one to mince his words. The illustrator, writer and dean of design at London College of Communication has recently launched his new book Fifty Years Of Illustration which he co-wrote with Grafik editor Caroline Roberts. It’s an impressively ambitious undertaking with the duo condensing five decades into 1,000 images by 240 illustrators from 30 countries. Lawrence admits it’s a “pretty personal selection” but one that aims to “represent the movers and shakers across each decade according to the work I believe was instrumental in shaping the discipline.”

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    Growing up in a family of doctors, Swedish illustrator and paper-cut artist Petra Börner secured her first commission (illustrating medical journals) through her surgeon mother, which might go some way to explaining why her work is so reminiscent of botanical diagrams in biology textbooks. Petra’s principle subject is the flora and fauna of the natural world, which she creates using paper cut techniques so intricate and painstakingly-detailed that they scarcely look like they could be real.

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    Alright, we admit it – Peter Judson has made a lot of work we’ve been really into this year, and he’s had the props on the site to prove it. But why should we be made to contain ourselves when he keeps producing illustration of this calibre? Why, we ask you?

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    If, like me, you spent many an hour in your teenage years gazing absentmindedly at Larry Carlson’s experimental website Medijate, you’ll no doubt be similarly transfixed by The Landfill from the very talented Santtu Mustonen. Stitching together a “collection of unused sketches, leftover drawings and rejected ideas from forgotten projects” to a mesmerising soundtrack by Tuomas Alatalo, Santtu created a hypnotic animation that’s a work of art in its own right.

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    As the man who gave form to the twisted genius of Hunter S. Thompson, British illustrator’s Ralph Steadman’s latest project seems like a perfect fit. Ralph has worked with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan to illustrate some limited-edition Blu-Ray covers for a special boxset of the series due out early next year.

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    Having just re-read Sammy Harkham’s 2012 anthology of short stories Everything Together I was stupidly excited to find out he’s just got himself on Tumblr and uploaded a small but growing archive of work both old and new. Included in among old covers of Kramers Ergot, book jackets for Kafka anthologies, Bonnie Prince Billy album covers and bits and pieces of rejected work are original drawings from his ongoing graphic novel (and surely future masterpiece) Blood of the Virgin, which he’s also selling to fund further work on the project. I for one cannot wait to see this project massive volume finally realised. Keep at it Sammy!

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    This top image by New York-based illustrator Karan Singh caught my eye on purely aesthetic grounds; it was only when I delved a little deeper that I discovered the interesting story behind the work. Karan was one of several artists commissioned by Ogilvy New York to work on the IBM US Open Sessions, whereby LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy created a series of tracks based on data gathered at the tennis tournament.

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    I came across the work of Matthias Geisler over on Booooooom the other day and was reminded that we hadn’t posted something like this in a while. Matthias’ work is a swirling blend of spirits and creatures that are created with meticulous use of pencil crayons and water-colours. Is it me or are watercolours real in at the moment? All the cool kids seem to be using them.

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    If you’re feeling a bit bleary eyed this morning, grab a cup of coffee and take a look at Goncalo Viana’s beautiful illustrations to wake yourself up. Rich with colour and charming detail his work has a wonderful texture to it, as though you could reach out and actually feel the deep pigments he’s used.

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    Before I write anything about illustrator Nicolas Delort I feel like full disclosure is necessary; between the ages of 11 and 14 I spent all of my pocket money collecting and painting Warhammer models and most of my saturdays hanging out in Games Workshop, which means I’m predisposed to LOVE epic fantasy artwork, like Frank Fazetta, Julie Bell and Boris Vallejo.

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    It’s comforting to see the resurgence in the physical aspects of music. There was a moment a few years back when gig posters and witty, well-crafted promotional material seemed to be confined solely to the world wide web, which made every poster that was actually printed on paper something of a novelty. Not any more though: we’re receiving and finding so many illustrators now whose portfolios are chock full of variations on the humble gig poster and they are brilliant. Today we thought we’d champion this theme with Dutch illustration student Douwe Dijkstra. His visual interpretations of bands such as The Growlers and Losers are taking the stylistic qualities of early 1990s gig posters and infusing them with a modern style to make some seriously nick-able printed matter. Keep up the great work, Douwe!

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    On the morning that David Cameron is giving a press conference on the UK’s future role in Afghanistan, Scott King’s latest book seems even more significant. Anish & Antony Take Afghanistan is a graphic novel that Scott sees as “a critique of the deployment of public art,” which satirises how far we’re prepared to enforce our cultural values on others. Through Scott’s writing and Will Henry’s illustrations, we follow as Anish (Kapoor) and Antony (Gormley) try and bring cultural regeneration to the war-torn country.

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    The London-based French illustrator Malika Favre has had another big year, adding even more breadth to her already impressive portfolio of work. In the summer she was invited to Tenerife by a Spanish design collective called 28ymedio to take part in its Illustrated Journey project, which aims to “help fight the economic crisis in Spain by promoting the Canary Islands and bringing a new stream of tourism.”