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Graphic Design

Things

Posted by Rob Alderson,

Things, things, wherever you may be, you fill our hearts and our heads with glee and we’ll hail you all, wherever you are from and a massive thanks to our postman John. T-shirt, illustration, couple of lovely publications and a right royal surprise make up this week’s collection.

Ranks London T-Shirt Daniel David Freeman

There’s so much t-shirt design – from the sublime to the ridiculous – that it’s rare that anything ever really jumps out at you. However weird half-human, half-bird/reptile beings in smart casual weekend wear stepping out of a picture frame, yeah, that’ll probably do it. Daniel David Freeman is a very talented young man and this shirt for Ranks London combines a surreal whimsy with bang-on execution.
www.danieldavidfreeman.com

Monarchy Melissa Price

Remember those wooden rulers you used to get with all the kings and queens of England on them? Well designer Melissa Price has dragged that principle into the 21st century with Monarchy a beautiful, crisp, colour-coded list of the 41 people to have presided over these fair isles since 1066. With at-a-glance guides to their religion, nationalities and the ways they bowed out, it’s history gone gorgeous.
www.cargocollective.com/melissaprice

Demo Andrew Moffitt and Mark Moffitt

Issue 4 of Australian music magazine Demo winged its way to us this week and a jolly good job it did too. Focussing on emerging Aussie talent it’s really well-designed and well-written, but it’s the photography that really stands out – unusual, diverse and powerful. There aren’t too many freebies that rise above the rest – others could do a lot worse than to follow Demo’s lead.
www.demomagazine.com.au

Unstable Sticklands/Decipherable Sticklands Henry McCausland

We had a bumper response after featuring Henry McCausland’s stunning illustration on the site a week or so ago, and the man himslef was decent enough to pop a couple of his comics in the post. And glory be Unstable Sticklands and Decipherable Sticklands didn’t disappoint, and we’re pleased to report that his charming, narrative style works just as well in black and white, and in long form. Cheers Henry!
www.henrymccausland.com

Buffalo Adrian Gonzalez

There’s something about an inaugural issue that gets our hearts racing – all that promise and potential thanks to the late-nights, design-fights and tightly-skirted deadlines. With more than 150 pages, Buffalo zine out of Madrid packs a weighty punch, but the ambitious approach is vindicated by a cacophony of great multilingual content – including interviews, photo essays and prose extracts. Standing by for Issue Two chaps!
www.buffalozine.com

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Posted by Rob Alderson

Editor-in-Chief Rob oversees editorial across all three It’s Nice That platforms; online, print and events. He has a background in newspaper journalism and a particular interest in art, advertising and photography. He is the main host of the Studio Audience podcast.

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