In this weeks Things we welcome: the newest edition of Brighton-based Playground Magazine; the first issue of Six; the new art critique publication Format P; the varied and contemporary content of Versus; and a couple lovely looking prints from the Design Museum.
Kenneth Grange Posters Design Museum
Some poster-shaped niceness at its best here. The Design Museum provided us with these iconic printed collateral from the excellent exhibition of Kenneth Grange’s most iconic work. Exemplified in some solid colours and classic lines.
Playground Magazine Editor, Carianne Whitworth
Playground Magazine, edited by Carianne Whitworth, designed by Joseph Hales and printed by the prolific Ditto Press, focusses this issue on the concept of Exchange, and features a number of illuminating texts on things such as possession and commodity.
Versus Craig Sharp
Versus magazine, the editors say, is the “prog-rock sister” of www.versusprint.com, an online hub of creative wonderment. The latest print issue invites us into the studio of talented Befordshire-based artist Andy Holden; treats us to an interview with musician and artist Vice Cooler (try not to be jealous of this guy’s name!); and provides an insight to the comedic desires of Stewart Lee.
Six #1 June 2011 NO way
Featuring a character-full front cover by illustrator Sophie Alda, and interviews with Joe Dunthorne, Felix Thorn and Beatrix De Souza, the first issue of Six flew through our letterbox exactly six days ago, believe it or not, and already has us hooked.
Format P Various
Interested primarily in the future of art criticism, the fourth issue of arts journal Format P hopes to ascertain whether or not artistic critique can in fact exist not as fact but as an accumulation of stories; basically, whether we can invent it ourselves. The book acts as an exhibition space in itself, and is as conceptually lovely as it is good-looking.
- Cheeky, irreverent and vivid illustrations by Thomas Hedger
- Brilliant branding and a cracking It’s Nice That collaboration: introducing Unmade
- Director collective Canada creates raunchy, psychedelic video for Tame Impala (NSFW)
- Stylish designs that aim to make online gift-buying as fun as "walking around a concept store"
- 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
- 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?