First of all we’d like to say a big happy 20th birthday to Frieze magazine who celebrated their special day by publishing a hot pink issue this month, chock full of articles about their past, present, and exciting future. We also have music from Dutch Uncles via their design team Dr Me, Charlotte Trounce’s book designs for everyone at YCN’s favourite novels, found image collectors and zine start-ups Catalogue Library, and issue two of the wonderful creative writing Teller magazine.
20th Anniversary Issue Frieze Magazine
Frieze marks its 20th birthday with a luscious pink issue (all the cool kids have pink covers) crammed with exciting content. The vicenarian magazine welcomes back some past contributors to nominate exciting contemporaries, as well as a number of fascinating features that include a wonderful update of Raymond Williams’s inquiry into “art” vocabulary, Keywords. And an essay on the next twenty years of the world by visionary Bruce Sterling. Best issue yet, we think.
A Bookshelf of YCN Favourites Charlotte Trounce
Charlotte is currently interning at YCN, and it appears they are keeping her busy with some pretty enviable briefs, such as redesigning the front cover of everyone at YCN’s favourite book. It turns out she is very good at this, producing some lovely illustrations for books such as East of Eden by John Steinbeck and The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks. Harry Potter wins.
Teller issue 2 Anton Koslov Mayr
The new Teller magazine tickled us all sorts of pink with superb writing ranging from cracking short stories to a wonderful piece on stray Romanian dogs. Some great photography too. Top work Teller people!
Dutch Uncles Dr Me
Piano plinking Manchester boys Dutch Uncles have just released a fantastic new record Cadenza with very Hieronymous Bosch/geometric/Catholic themed cover art –the patterned sleeve opens up like an oyster to reveal a bright white pearl of a vinyl within. Lovely stuff.
Catalogue Library Catalogue
Running with the simply spectacular/spectularly simple idea that a zine should be an immediate embodiment of any one thing, Girls for example or perhaps (my favourite) Salvador Dali Looking Right At You, Catalogue Library print single theme editions in “an investigation of found images.” Quick and quality, long may the series continue (they’ve already promised artist editions)…
- Rob Flowers, Roberto Rosolin, Liv Siddall and Greg Barth at Nicer Tuesdays October
- Milou Trouwborst's refined, simplistic and melancholic illustrations
- "It was strangely liberating" – Christoph Niemann on creating his new book Sunday Sketching
- Designer Okuyama Taiki encourages you to “play freely” with his experimental posters
- Gijs Henselmans’ illustrations: absurd, gruesome, but always hilarious
- All That Glitters: inside the Barbican’s “vulgar” catalogue
- Bompas & Parr explores the strange world of sploshing (NSFW)
- Working Not Working reveals the top 50 companies creatives would kill to work for
- Kodak returns to its 1970s symbol, joining the retrobrand bandwagon
- Kodak unveils the Ektra: its first ever smartphone
- Retracing and recreating historic reggae record sleeves with photographer Alex Bartsch
- William Knight's socially conscious portfolio of graphic design