You can never have too much of a good thing. But can you ever have too much of a good Things? Naww. This week we brings you – drum roll – a photography special! Well, aside from one incredible collection of a Polish magazine’s spreads that managed to sneak its way in (but you’ll thank us for that). So here goes…
Ristruttura Project B
Project B Gallery sent us this beautiful catalogue as an accompaniment to their upcoming Ristruttura, an exhibition to showcase the fresh-faced young photographers they champion. Starting from the notion that a photograph must first be dark before it can be light (a reference to the developmental process, darkrooms, all that jazz) this smoke-coloured album is punctuated by “blackouts”, each artists separated from the next by glossy sheets of inky paper. A well-executed teaser for what is sure to be a cracking show.
Top Deck James Pearson-Howes and Will Robson-Scott
Spurred into action by a desire to immortalise what’s often seen as the “bad part” of the bus, Top Deck excels with its documentation of instantaneous moments of intrigue, as seen from above. I mean come on, who doesn’t love to sit upstairs? We were happy to see our favorite section chronicled with such aplomb.
Der Greif : Issue 5
A triumph from large-format photography and literature magazine Der Grief, whose aim is to cultivate a “mobile forum” for artists and who state that growth is the product of “nailing up the door to routine.” Très poetic. In similarly metacognitive fashion each artist’s work is featured alongside a complementary piece of poetry. An excellent verbal and visual tour, as guided by these German entrepreneurs.
Peter Ross Wants to Know Which Five People You Would Invite to Dinner Peter Ross
And by “you” he means a milieu of fabulous actors, musicians, writers and artists. A hearty pamphlet featuring well-composed portraits accompanied by insightful admissions (like Alan Cumming wants to wine and dine Jesus). Shameless fun, justified by its studied attention to aesthetics.
Projekt Unit Editions
Veering off course, we know, but too nice not to feature. Unit Editions’ latest output is a retrospective on Projekt, a “Polish journal of visual art and design” weighty with historical clout. This magazine’s actually been an outlet for alternative Polish artwork since 1956, and even had a predecessor, Arkady, published pre-war by a ballsy activist named Wanda Krahelska-Filipowiczowa. Concieved by Edgar Bak and Charlotte West out of sheer enthusiasm for the publication’s archive, this is a brilliant line-up of cover art and layout design compiled from the past thirty years. A total gem.
- Anthony Burrill tells us about his numerous Etsy WORK HARD rip-offs
- Stina Löfgren’s instructional illustrations for practical lunges
- Scandinavian aesthetics and do-right design approach: the brand values of Nudie Jeans
- A beautiful portrait of the communities, theatre and blingy pants of South Yorkshire wrestling
- Back to basics with Davide Di Gennaro’s symbol-heavy design workshop identity
- “I wouldn’t recommend trying to make it as an illustrator to anyone”: straight-talking McBess
- Should illustrators be treated like designers?
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Grey London's thoughtful, powerful and innovative new campaign for Tate Britain
- Anthony Burrill on starting out and staying focussed
- Introducing French design studio plus mûrs and its beautiful poster designs