Things again! Brilliant. Always room for more Things, that’s what we say. Well, then again, that’s exactly what that man who filled his house with newspapers said, until they put him away. Anyway! This week we’ve had many a gem come through the door of It’s Nice That HQ including a very smart cycling newspaper, a publication that puts all other ring-bound publications to shame, a tantalisingly text-free example of print, and something that looks like it fell out of an accountant’s briefcase (in a good way). Read on!
Calm and Collected: Sea and Sea
I love the sea so when this dropped through our door this week with promises of sea and a bit more sea I got excited. And I was right to be excited – cradled in its own little paper wrapping covered in amazing typography, the little hand-bound book is practically bursting with colour, letterpress and screenprints. Designed edited and bound by Calm and Collective – a group of anonymous creatives (cool!) – it features the work of a lovely jumble of artists. We like it a lot.
ATG / Inventory Studio: Eye in the Sky
Feast your eyes on this handmade publication Eye in The Sky beautifully documenting a group of London street artists’ quest to “paint London’s skyline” which dropped through our letterbox this week. The photography throughout is enough to send you running in little excited circles, ranging from full page spreads to little standard size photographs which you’ll find sporadically scattered in-between the pages. Explaining throughout the process and just why the artists wanted to do it (with the odd newspaper cutting thrown in for good measure) the book is limited to 75 and we think it is just lovely.
Design Museum: Bike v Design
Bikes are so now that it takes some daring to produce a magazine dedicated to design savvy bikes and their riders – you have to make sure that you hit that right side of trendy. Bike v Design made by the Design Museum however manages it spectacularly with their brand new magazine which dropped through our door this week. With 15 features and seven interviews (they make a point of informing you of this) in its blue pages we are pretty impressed. Limited to 1,000 copies and made to accompany the Bike v Design event the Design Museum are holding on the September 7 get your hands on one before they sell out.
Rick Morris Pushinsky: Office
Rick Morris Pushinsky sent us through one of his limited edition copies of his brilliant project Office. Sub-titled “photographs of people and offices” it pretty much does exactly what it say on the tin (that’s photograph people and offices) but all pretty wonderfully. The project is probably something most can relate to in some way or another but what we got really really excited about was the packaging (does that make us strange?). It’s bright orange, it’s resealable and its uncanny likeness to that box of stationary nestled at the back of the office makes the project a whole load cooler.
Rejane dal Bello portfolio catalogue
Our lives were considerably brightened up this week by a catalogue showcasing the brilliant work of Brazilian-born, Netherlands-based graphic designer Rejane dal Bello of Studio Dumbar. She has a serious design pedigree (having studied under Milton Glaser and she now passes on her immense widow as a lecturer at the St Joost Academy) but her work is bold and fun with lovely, controlled use of strong colours and consistently interesting use of type. Take that London gloom!
- My First: Colophon and Sophie Mayanne talk about the themes of their book, Twenty-Two
- Patrick Kyle uses analogue and digital techniques in these pared-back illustrations
- Audrey Weber’s eccentrically enlarged figurative illustrations
- Hanne Berkaak’s deeply moving and sensitive animation tackling self-harm
- The Smudge: Clay Hickson and Liana Jegers launch publication in reaction to US presidential result
- Set designer Gary Card on the importance of being a chameleon
- Grope Sans: a very rude typeface by Bompas & Parr
- Japanese graphic designer Ryu Mieno creates type-heavy works fizzing with energy
- The reductive and exacting work of graphic designer Laura Prim
- Why creative education for advertising is stuck in the dark ages
- Leipzig-based graphic designer Anja Kaiser takes us through her portfolio
- Nicolas Jaar releases Network, a book inspired by radio