An extraordinary graphic novel about Martin Luther King and a zine spanning “geology and a generation or two” are both featured in Things today. As is a fabric mailer from a Fabrica based designer. Finally, devotion to all things contemporary art and bikes are covered by the latest issues of Cura and The Ride respectively. Also today is William S. Burroughs birthday. So when you’ve finished reading Things go read about him, before something unfortunate happens when the Beat Generation are depicted in an uncanny amount of films this year…
The Ride V Andrew Diprose, Art Director
What The Ride has accomplished over the past four issues has been a wonderful blend of personal accounts, fine illustration and photography with an overall air of genuine passion, informed yet lay man legible content that compliments the rider, the maker and the people that spectate. If we were a contrary lot we’d stop there but number five has youngest child syndrome and as such has all our attention. Justifiably so.
I See the Promised Land Arthur Flowers, Manu Chitraker, Guglielmo Rossi
In a truly excellent meeting of storytelling minds, African American writer and blues singer Arthur Flowers has his lyric-like words on Martin Luther King’s short life illustrated by Manu Chitraker. A scroll painter from Bengal, Chitraker’s distinctive style lends its self to the traditional language of stories, and in this graphic novel the paintings find themselves divided in to a the contemporary context of a comic (designed by Guglielmo Rossi). Very factual too.
Cura #07 Andrea Baccin
“Devoted to contemporary art”, Cura #07 has some good and heavy content on it’s bible thin pages, considerately designed and the image selection is pretty great. Some features worth highlighting include an exhibition by Fernando Brice and a small written number on the Art and Incommunicability Between Cultures by Elena Giulia Rossi. Original stuff.
Mailer Philip Bone
Really nice, tactile mailer print from the British designer Philip Bone. There’s a thoughtfullness and quality to the images and design which is as simple as a selection of lovely looking spreads from one of his projects, Explore & Appreciate. Which we did and we did. So it worked very nicely and we also saw other delightful things whilst investigating a little further on his site…
RRR 002 Scott Massey, Design
RRR’s zine, “a little more collaborative and personal then the first” is also very environmentally conscientious with a Duchamp inspired reuse-refuse mentality. They also not only invited the artists into their pages but took the time to check out where they were working and performed some friendly interventions which resulted in several pleasing examples of collaborative collages. Rainbow colours with a healthy amount of imagery to feast your eyes on.
- 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