Well now, January Things is dead, long live the Things. Weddings get covered twice this week so if anyone is in need of a “sign” or whatever, look closely at Adrian Tomine’s comic talking us through the little moments on route to the big day and Judith Erwes recreates some fictional yet uncanny 70’s/80’s weddings that never happened. Also Drawbridge has a remarkable reinvention, NB Studio give some cutting new year wisdom and Eleonora Marton delights us with an homage to film.
Scenes of an Impending Marriage Adrian
I gush about Tomine’s stuff quite a lot, esspecially the New Yorker covers so I’ll try and keep it brief. Witty, intimate excellently drawn comic. Completely non-offensive to the unattached, like ‘funny ha-ha’ as opposed to the ‘feel funny’ affliction of the affianced when faced with seating plan politics.
Popcorn Eleonora Marton
A genuinely charming, beautifully drawn zine shaped homage to Eleonora Marton’s favourite films. Popcorn has just the right contrast and composition in the beautiful black and white brush drawings and the scenes are just recognizable as left of centre to make this a fans fanzine.
Imitation of Lives Photographs, Judith Erwes. Design, Duke Press
“The events depicted in these photographs are fictitious”. Well damn, ‘cause I would have loved to have been witness at any of these weddings. Man marries dog ticks so many boxes in my mind that it’s not even funny. Excellent attention to era and atmosphere in the photos by Judith Erwe and an excellent choice with the extraordinary Duke Press for her first book.
The Drawbridge: Flight Editor, Bigna Pfenninger
Big shakeup with the design of Drawbridge that will see some folk missing the lovely broadsheet aesthetic but you really can’t complain with great quality print and spot on content. Features include Taryn Simon’s brilliant Contraband series, Italo Calvino’s The Night Driver and John Stezaker talking about his paper cuts. All the extended and considered writing is still here but more, it’s a lovely reinvention for sure.
This year… NB Studio
From the people who gave us the “Sorry Old Blood” D&AD campaign last year, the giving just keeps coming with this neat proffessional mailer of limited edition laser cuts. Johnny Kelly, Patrick Thomas, James Graham and Scott Balmer were the artists involved, the latter providing ours and very happy we are with it too.
- Curator Shonagh Marshall takes us through the highlights from Hair by Sam McKnight
- Yeji Yun’s imaginative zine combines frozen lands, whales and cocktails
- Zhang Kechun encapsulates the oblivion of China's mysterious Yellow River
- Artist Anna Valdez brings her eye for detail to digital painting
- Bold in its broadness, the work of Dave Singley
- Córdova Canillas seek inspiration between nostalgia and obsolescence for C de C annual
- Reasons Not To Do Graphic Design by Yotam Hadar
- Nostalgia in branding: top design studios analyse the NatWest and Co-op retrobrands
- Google and Monotype launch Noto, an open-source typeface family for all the world’s languages
- The only way is ethics: what are the moral obligations of a graphic designer?
- Rachel Levit illustrates contemporary relationships in new book
- Creative agency INT Works relaunches as Anyways, with a playful graphic identity