Another week, another whacking great sack of post to tackle – and what a sack it is! With contents spanning paper-cuts to watercolours and a healthy dollop of typography thrown in for good measure, it’s another lip-smacking, thigh-slapping, rip-roaring edition of Things. Woah there!
A Sky Full of Kindness Rob Ryan
First up it’s master of scalpels Mr. Rob Ryan, treating us to yet another laboriously-crafted volume of paper-cuts. What’s different about A Sky Full of Kindness is that it’s Rob’s first foray into the world of children’s books, creating a full-length piece of narrative fiction in his trademark style. It tells the story of two birds preparing themselves for parenthood – both learning valuable lessons from their other feathered friends. Wistful sigh.
Wage Wallet Mark James
Made from leather and stitched with thread, this wallet bears a striking resemblance to most other wallets, except it’s been rather beautifully embossed with the markings found on a wage packet. What more can we say? It’s a lovely thing.
Twenty-Six Characters Gestalten
Twenty-Six Characters is Nokia’s homage to their new Pure typeface. Designed by the legendary Bruno Maag, Pure is just one of many ways in which Nokia is attempting to push the boundaries of their branding and design. As a study of type design it’s incredibly thorough and informative with over 200 pages dedicated to the finer points of a mere 26 characters. If that sounds a little dry then the bright and bold use of print should be enough to pique your interest for (at the very least) a cursory browse.
The Illustration Report Varoom!
Varoom! has been bringing us the cream of the illustration crop for the past six years, championing the cause of a frankly undervalued creative practice. But now they’ve undergone something of a change – reflecting the pervading climate of economic austerity their usual, meaty paper stock has been replaced with newsprint and a corresponding new format. But fear not, the quality of the content is still bang on, and with an editor as quick-witted and entertaining as John O’Reilly (of this week’s Guest Post fame no less) we’re looking forward to at least six more remarkable years.
Winkfield Faye Moorhouse
Faye Moorhouse is a dab hand with gouache and ink, as demonstrated by her moody sci-fi mini-epic Winkfield. It tells the true story (with some fictional flourishes) of UFOs discovered on England’s south coast in 1967 – an event the military claimed was an elaborate hoax. But Faye thinks not and has created this oversized beauty of a book to expose the British military and their deceitful alien-denying. The truth is out there.
- Best of the Web: a few of our favourite things we've spotted on the internet this week
- Tom Phillips' magnum opus turned a Victorian novel into a work of art spanning 50 years
- Matisse-inspired posters for Serbian Youth Day from designer Monika Lang
- Raphael Schoen's cheerfully chaotic posters for a Swiss youth club
- Illustrators including Sam Taylor and Charlotte Mei's tributes to NWA's Straight Outta Compton
- The slides and sleep pods of LA's Silicon Beach startup scene captured by Lauren Greenfield
- A mind full of filthy ideas and creative brilliance: we visit Malika Favre
- The bizarre, twilight world of Berlin-based photographer Maxime Ballesteros
- Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam and Colophon create typeface that works with the Earth's tilt
- The Anonymous Sex Journal is back, and this issue is all about wanking
- The homeless Dirty Kids of America and their "rainbow party" explored in new film
- 12-year-old accidentally punches a hole $1.5 million painting