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Graphic Design

Things

Posted by Bryony Quinn,

Submissions for Things recently has totally blown us away. We get so much incredible stuff sent through that I’m literally under threat of death where I sit under the bookshelves. If you would like to join the likes of Roisin Dunne, Liam Cobb, Barbara Ryan, Herburg Weiland and Ronny Hunger, who are all featured in this weeks review, then please send us your work to: Things for It’s Nice That, 11 & 13 Bateman’s Row, London EC2A 3HH – many thanks!

BFRmag Issue #18 Barbara Ryan

Barbara was our intern for a couple weeks a short while ago. Some of the incredible things she left us with were a number of her zines that she prolifically puts out. This one was my favourite – lovely inky number, with illustrations that make you smile, especially when “Get off my mind please, thnx X” is the written sentiment below. She also schooled us all horribly with one of the best presentations EVER.
www.bfrmag.blogspot.com

Coral City Liam Cobb

What’s looking to be a weekly comic slot, Liam Cobb’s Coral City fills the space very nicely. The black and white, risographed book with a screen printed cover feels very special. The story reads really well and is carefully composed into changing, wonderfully paced frames that occasionally break into full page reflective pages. These spreads, that set the bigger picture for the attentively detailed characters, show off some serious skills from Liam and are the perfect antidote to a pretty heavy storyline.
www.liamcobb.blogspot.com

Black Light Roisin Dunne

Shiny cover, stock selection, statement chapter pages – all epic. The imagery itself is seriously intense too. Beautifully rendered, etching-like line and perfectly framed in their own composition that were clearly made to be printed like this. What is also striking is the range of work, the difference between the first Phases 1-3 to the Spectral series at the end is quite something in terms of one person’s output. Great stuff as always from Ditto Press who look to be really pushing themselves to create fascinating, all-things-considered books, each one totally unique.
www.roisindunne.com
www.dittopress.co.uk

I’ve got a couple things to do Ronny Hunger

A book of illustration samples from Zurich-based Ronny Hunger (who’s name brings to mind the protagonist of a 50s noir thriller) is a wonderful introduction to his work. Pages and pages of brightly coloured cut-ups, nicely composed a re-rendered with just the right amount of grit so as not to look contrived. It’s a super nice style, totally made his own.
www.cometsubstance.com

Residenztheater, München Season Issue Design by Herburg Weiland

Martin Fengel (who has previously staggered us with his photography) sent us a super package of design offerings from his studio, Herburg Weiland. And by the looks of their latest work for Residenztheater, theirs is an excellent operation. Very strong typography, poster-like page spreads and, of course, great photography.
www.herburg-weiland.de

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Posted by Bryony Quinn

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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