New year, new things. And we have been spoiled with riches, glorious, fragrant creative riches from the four corners of this blessed planet we know and love. ’Nuf said.
Guided by Tourists Gustavo Eandi
First up is this oversized graphic short, published by the wonderful Landfill Editions. It’s newsprint pages are swamped with evocative graphite illustrations by the young illustrator and zine-wiz Gustavo Eandi. The drawings pull from manga and gothic typography to tell a story of erotically charged urban noir. It’s heavy on pictorials and light on text, as apparently Eandi finds wordless stories more democratic. Nice one man.
Failed Attempts Catalogue Library
The Catalogue Library shipped over their latest compendium of hand-made zines, and boy is it a tasty smattering. Failed Attempts saw nine artist commissioned to produce their own mini-mag in red ink on rose-tinted paper (they all succeeded, by the way). Forgery was high on the agenda, with Chris Nosenzo faking signatures and Come de Bouchony’s compiling celebrity-lookalikes. There were some boobs and bikers from the Steady Print Shop Co. and even a few inspirational messages from Studio SM (remember: failure is never final!)
Chris Ware: A Sense of Thereness Mono.Kultur #30
Another brilliant issue from the Berlin-based magazine where form follows feature, with each issue’s design tailored to mirror the interviewee’s style. We think it’s a stroke of genius. This time the legendary cartoonist Chris Ware gets a retrospective in a technicolor extravaganza of pull-out content. Needs no more explanation really – in the words of Destiny’s Child, it’s “so good”.
Sleep Paralysis Gabriel Bruce
Mr. Bruce has got a voice like a hoarse Johnny Cash singing into a barrel, and his debut single Sleep Paralysis is a drum-heavy meditation on lucid dreams, false awakenings and OBEs (Out of Body Experiences). For the vinyl release he’s teamed up with Off Modern to design an item as suited to your bookshelf as it is your record player. Photographs, historical anecdotes and snippets of the singer’s own poetry went into creating these 50 gorgeous pages of bespoke liner notes. Lets just say we’ve seen the “hourglass fill at both ends…”
Eyeworks Festival poster
We damned the Atlantic for keeping us from their festival, but at least it wasn’t too great a distance for a nice bit of air-mail to cross. This lovely piece of graphics from our favorite experimental animation fest is jazzy, vibrant, and heartily eye-catching. We lapped it up.
- Living for the weekend, it's Best of the Web!
- The photographer archiving South Africa’s black lesbian community
- Kirsten Lepore’s creepy clay character is oddly soothing in this brilliant animation
- Friday Mixtape: Grammy award-winning Tinariwen curates a genre-crossing mix
- Designer Kara Zichittella talks about her typographically-led projects
- “Where’s my community?”: Skin Deep and POC on the need for diversity in the film industry
- A new national identity: Smörgåsbord Studio rebrands Wales
- Graphic design gems: Chicago gang business cards from the 1970s and 80s
- Photographer Dougie Wallace captures the super rich spenders of “Harrodsburg”
- “Romance in a sort-of fantasy world”: photographer Molly Matalon's new work (some NSFW)
- Studio Michael Satter’s sophisticatedly simple graphic design portfolio
- Harry Pearce and Pentagram create a new identity for Pink Floyd’s record label