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Posted by James Cartwright,

I love post. You love post. We love post together. And for that simple reason we bring you Things, a chance for you to snoop though the contents of our mailbag with the unbridled enthusiasm of a vagrant in a dumpster. This week we’ve been inundated with goodness, but as usual we’ve skimmed the cream from the top and arranged it into easily digestible chunks (mixed metaphor?) of wholesome creativity. Enjoy.

The Architectural Review

The Architectural Review (or ar as it would now like to be known) is one old dog that’s happy to learn new tricks, with a spanking new redesign, abbreviated name and accompanying logo. Given its 120-year history and position as the foremost architecture magazine on the newsstands it’s no mean feat to have embraced change a successfully as it has. But it looks great, reads better than ever and has adopted a new attitude to photography that allows the buildings pictured more space to breathe. Nice work.
www.architectural-review.com

The Sweet Science Zines Nick Alston

Nick Alston is an illustrator infatuated with boxing, and to satisfy his passion he’s produced a selection of zines celebrating that most violent of sports. Ever wondered what the heavyweights get up to in their spare time? Dared to imagine what boxing and ballet have in common? Well don’t bother, Nick’s done all that for you and provided a terrific set of accompanying illustrations. Thanks Nick.
www.nickalston.co.uk

Thirty One Kinds of Wonderful Dawn Ng

Paris is undoubtedly one of the greatest cities on earth – great art, great food, great nightlife. Everyone loves that place right? Wrong. When Dawn Ng moved there last year she found herself strung-out and sad, lost in a strange land. To prevent herself from losing the plot entirely she began a self-initiated project to create an object a day. Thirty One Kinds of Wonderful documents this process beautifully with an oversized magazine featuring full-bleed photographs of the objects interspersed with song lyrics and excerpts from children’s stories. Catharsis can be well-designed too.
www.dawn-ng.com

The Impossible: Arc #15 Edited by Charmian Griffin. Design by Hannah Montague

It’s a genuine pleasure to get our hands on the Royal College of Art journal, Arc. Now in its fifteenth inception, this issue – a surprisingly un-festive green and red number – focusses on the nebulous theme of “the impossible.” Including notable contributions from the comic monolith Alan Moore, an interview with YouTube’s young dad, Chad Hurley and a photo essay on the wonder filled studio of Peter Blake. Top content as presided over by Charmian Griffin and deserved applause for the art direction and design by Hannah Montague.
www.rcamagazine.co.uk

My Life In Print Sappi

If print is dead then the paper industry needs to watch its back too. But we don’t think it is, and neither do the folks over at wood-free paper makers Sappi. So convinced are they of this fact they’ve produced a rather lovely magazine dedicated to showing how printed matter touches people all across the world. With some lovely stories and great illustration from Dave Sparshott its sure to appeal to even the most hardened Kindle users out there.
www.sappi.com

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Posted by James Cartwright

James started out as an intern in 2011 and came back in summer of 2012 to work online and latterly as Print Editor, before leaving in May 2015.

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