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Things

Posted by Bryony Quinn,

Aesthetically pleasing by accident (like Maculay Culkin) this weeks Things are mostly shades of grey and blue. It gets better. Featured this week is Antonio Ladrillo (zine + t-shirt), the men of Ranks London (t-shirt), Team (zine), Sleeperhold (pack of cards/publication) and Joey Parlett (lunar whitey themed zine).

Whitey on the Moon, Book 2 Joey Parlett

Really nicely rendered, pieces of moments and crops of the Apollo missions, including some wonderful vignettes of boot prints and an intense 6 × 6 frame pages that does incredible things to the pace. Also, got really excited and looked for part one of the series on his site – and I can confirm, it is equally as good!
www.joeyparlett.com

TEAM issue 1 Compiled and edited by Rosie Day & Philip Z.Serfaty, Design by Joseph Hales

Independently produced and “made possible through collaboration”, the first promising issue of Team features writing (of poetic and fictional persuasion plus interviews and essays) joined succinctly with an image or two from an illustrator (including Martha Smith and Katie Scott). This together with the equally considered photography, design and a homage to Tintin in the form of a loose insert (by Joe Kessler) makes for excellent reading.
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Zine & T-Shirt Antonio Ladrillo

All inanimate objects must receive the Antonio Ladrillo treatment (also known as “pareidolia”). Who’d have thought that so few lines could make you so happy? The numbered zine is simply a series of happy things, places with faces and a t-shirt that will make people like you more.
www.antonioladrillo.com

#3 (a deck of cards) Sleeperhold Publications

A publication with no recurring theme/format/audience, Sleeperhold is a platform for designers, artists, illustrators, photographers, you name it, to contribute to a different format every issue. That is, until #10 which will be an exhibition (Sleeperhold will then go to the big publisher in the sky). #3 features the estimable likes of Eric Yahnker, Dan Eatock, Ryan Gander & Europa and Åbäke who have each chosen a number/picture card to illustrate.
www.sleeperholdpublications.com

Ranks London Will Robson-Scott and Daniel David Freeman

Ranks London is made up of printed shirts inspired by the detailing of old gig posters and record covers, recreated by contemporary illustrators. The one they sent us (illustrated by Dan Freeman) is part of the new metal-themed collection. Will Robson-Scott, who is probably responsible for making the cool hand-coloured photos of the beautiful girls, has a website stacked full of nonchalantly nice photography.
www.rankslondon.com
www.danieldavidfreeman.com

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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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