This week Things brings: a wonderful fanzine about professional wrestling, an impressive newspaper from students in Sweden, a zine full of great photographs to keep you young, a book full of great photographs to make you look again and a showcase of brilliant illustrators to look out for.
The Shooting Star Press: The Canada Issue
A shooting star press is an aerial technique used in professional wrestling. The Shooting Star Press is an illustrated fanzine dedicated to the world of professional wrestling. Published by Thomas J. Hughes with words and drawings by him and others, this second issue focuses on Canada. Oozing love and expertise, it looks fantastic, too.
Konstfack School: F. A. Q.
This week the Second Year Bachelors of Graphic Design and Illustration at Konstfack in Sweden visited It’s Nice That and gave us this excellent newspaper. In large format, with good paper, scrumptious deep blue, lovely illustrations and interesting words half of which I can’t understand, it looks like those students are training at the right place.
Stay Young: Issue Two
Stay Young is a nicely printed photography zine full of great images. Carefully designed and curated by Paul John Nelson its got a fine, diverse collection of really striking photographs and – crucially – space in all the right places.
Just Us Collective: Almanac
Just Us Collective was set up in 2011 to nurture and promote the work of creatives at undergraduate level. Almanac is their publication showcasing the work of the current crop. If this is what the future of illustration looks like it is going to be so, so strong.
Tim Morris: ‘one hundred and eighty’
British photographer Tim Morris’ heavy little black book of 180 of his favourite shots travel all over the world to capture still moments from coffee rings to wild expanses. Rich colours and an eye for the overlooked detail.
- Stina Löfgren’s instructional illustrations for practical lunges
- Scandinavian aesthetics and do-right design approach: the brand values of Nudie Jeans
- A beautiful portrait of the communities, theatre and blingy pants of South Yorkshire wrestling
- Back to basics with Davide Di Gennaro’s symbol-heavy design workshop identity
- “I wouldn’t recommend trying to make it as an illustrator to anyone”: straight-talking McBess
- Resolute yet playful designs for the If I Can't Dance groups’ compilation
- Should illustrators be treated like designers?
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Grey London's thoughtful, powerful and innovative new campaign for Tate Britain
- Anthony Burrill on starting out and staying focussed
- Introducing French design studio plus mûrs and its beautiful poster designs