This week Things finds it’s form shooting other things from the treetops of it’s Beano-reading youth, loves illustrated haikus about disappointing sex, finds fun in a girls’ mag and likes three lovely, very different, well-printed posters. Go on, have a gander.
Not Another Bill & Chris Jarratt: Not Another… Slingshot
Not Another Bill create special surprises to break up the post mat’s red letters and junk mail. This month it’s a slingshot! Everyone loves a slingshot – especially when it’s been made by a professional slingshot maker Christopher Jarratt. Many a summer have I spent failing to whittle a branch into this sort of shape.
Jamie Stewart and Sophie Alda: Oneliest
Belly Kids, the eclectic publishers we have to thank for last summer’s Bill Murray colouring in book have just made this excellent little book of musician and poet Jamie Stewart’s haiku’s. Tender and witty illustrations by Sophie Alda accompany Jamie’s musings on cats, ennui, porn and grief.
Mushpit: Big Issue
Oh Mushpit, Dalston’s DIY mag dream. Very hard not to be won over by this one. Funny, fun and just getting on with making something they want to make. Scrunchies, horoscopes, belly jewels and how to crawl out of an existential crisis.
Thomas Murphy: prints
The shapes on Thomas Murphy’s screen printed Rocks and risograph Rock Sculptures are strange, elegant things that don’t necessarily resemble rocks at all. Some look like the eroded teeth an ardent Slush Puppy drinker might end up with, others a little like a strawberry meringue. In short, they’re pleasantly ambiguous.
Lovely Jojo: Quiet print
Ironically placed adjective or reverse-pyschology directive? However you read Lovely Jojo’s eye-dizzying print its sure to wake you up and make you squint, seeking shapes in those colourful triangles.
- Alex Sheridan’s hilarious shots of comedian David O’Doherty in sports memorabilia
- Cult magazine Nova and its nods to “eroticism and extortion” photographed in a suitably 70s setting
- Clément Le Tulle-Neyret's considered approach to Strange Designs
- Manita Songserm disregards the rules to create unruly and intriguing work
- Give thanks, and join us in the weekly feast that is the Best of the Web
- Discos and design explored in gorgeous new Bedford Press book Nightswimming
- 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?