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Things is back again! It goes away for six days and returns! Like a really slow (but creative) zombie

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Things is as things does, so Things illustrates, photographs, posterises, prints and publicises, profanes and protests and I’m not sure when or why the illieration started but Things does that too. And it looks damn good when it does it.

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    Josh Cochran: This Is Me, Everyday

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    Josh Cochran: This Is Me, Everyday

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    Josh Cochran: This Is Me, Everyday

Josh Cochran: This Is Me, Everyday

If this newspaper mail out “is” Josh, everyday, then I think it would be OK to be him. One illustration depicts skeletons carrying giant strawberries, potentially to be used against a crowd of musicians while another describes the diving possibilities of an abstract landmass. When I put pen to paper, I draw the same four shapes in worrying iteration so looking at work like Josh’s is an illuminating and depressingly good reminder of the wonderful imagination great illustrators are blessed with.
www.joshcochran.net

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    Kingston students: 9 till 12

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    Kingston students: 9 till 12

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    Kingston students: 9 till 12

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    Kingston students: 9 till 12

h3.Various students of Kingston University: 9 till 12

The 65 students exhibiting in this 9 till 12 will graduate from certain courses at Kingston this year, photography isn’t one of them. So why? Why are these illustrators and graphic designers putting on a very nice show (which is open now and is “like walking into a tumblr,” apparently) and printing a very nice publication to go with? Maybe to encourage us to consider photography as a part of their practice and not superfluous to it or as inspiration or as proof that they’re not tethered to their desks. Who cares, they’re well nice.
www.9till12.co.uk

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    Matt Lane-Dixon: Royal Park Primary

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    Matt Lane-Dixon: Royal Park Primary

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    Matt Lane-Dixon: Royal Park Primary

Matt Lane-Dixon: Royal Park Primary

In 2009 an abandoned primary school in Leeds was occupied and renovations started by local residents in an effort to dispel their frustration at the councils lack of progress in returning the building to the community. In this simple zine, a photographic 12-pager, creator Matt Lane-Dixon champions the occupants cause and highlights their struggle since their eviction and ensuing legal battles. Stirring stuff and great images.
www.mattlanedixon.co.uk

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    Vodkovia

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    Vodkovia

Vodkovia

You know that feeling when you’re little and bigger boys are sharing a joke that you don’t really get but you still find funny? Well that’s how this poster promoting the fictional eastern European country of Vodkovia’s Olympic team makes me feel. It features wrestler Viktor Povlanzki and is part of series of uber evolved athletic specimens (or “freaks”) ready to make their mark in London 2012. If it’s promoting something I can’t make out what it is but I kind of taken. You can read all about the country and even hear from its president on the website, or you can content yourself with this visual free-for-all, complete with nice cyrillic type.
www.vodkovia.eu|

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    Flamingo Magazine

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    Flamingo Magazine

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    Flamingo Magazine

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    Flamingo Magazine

Siobhan Leddy/Craig Jackson: Flamingo –Homes and Habitats issue

Absolutely rammed with interesting tales and curious visual page-turners and a very vague roll call of the contents for this latest issue of Flamingo begins to sound like an inventory of the ultimate randomiser. Illustration is heavily represented like in one feature billed as a “tenuous attempt to crowbar in some drawings of hats” but in reality is justifiably charming regardless of meaning. They speak to a man who circumnavigated the world by foot, a notorious London pub’s landlady and welcome conversations from artists about literally anything (like Kevin Cyr and his camper bikes) – lovely stuff!
www.flamingomagazine.com

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    There’s a day for for everything now; and last week we all celebrated World Emoji Day didn’t we? What do you mean you didn’t know? Seems pretty remiss of you if you don’t mind me saying. Anyway luckily the excellent folk over at Funny Or Die were much more on the ball than some people we won’t name and they marked the momentous occasion with a ridiculously silly blog of Rejected Emojis. With the help of Jesse Benjamin, Avery Monsen and Darryl Gudmundson, they compiled a Tumblr of offerings which ranged from the surreal to the sinister, the bizarre to the almost-could-be-true. That sad clown will haunt my dreams.

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    It’s common for people to imagine that they see faces made out of the shapes and folds of everyday objects: It seems to be a human trait that we like to see ourselves in the world around us. We look up at the clouds and imagine that we see the outlines of faces and body parts, and at night we convince ourselves that a rumpled item of clothing thrown over a chair is really a sinister grinning figure.

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    Well, this is terrifying. Internet-loving artist Mario Santamaria has taken advantage of Google’s scheme to take the world into art galleries and ornate buildings all over the world by collecting screenshots of moments where the Google camera catches its own reflection in a mirror. Ghostly figures interact with the camera in some shots, and in others the machinery is draped with a weird silver cloth – first prize goes to the person who can identify what this cloth actually does. For me this is the best Google-related blog since Jon Rafman’s 9 Eyes and is hopefully a new dawn for simple, spine-tingling projects that linger with you just a smidge longer than you’d like.

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    Webcomics are another medium to emerge from the digital sphere, and a very interesting one at that; Bird’s Eye China is just another example of how funny, accessible and scathing they can be. The Tumblr blog is made up of screenshots from Baidu maps, a kind of Chinese online mapping service not dissimilar to Google Maps, but brilliantly, looks just like SimCity.

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    “The sun is always rising somewhere; breakfast is always just about to happen. Dinner time in Dakar is breakfast time in Brisbane. And in the background of breakfast is radio, soundtrack to a billion bowls of cereal or congee, shakshuka or api, porridge or changua.” Well, we certainly couldn’t have put that any better ourselves. Global Breakfast Radio arrived in my inbox courtesy of ex-It’s Nice That writer Bryony Quinn. The concept is simple and immediately engrossing: a live radio that streams breakfast shows from around the world as and when they happen. In their own words, “it’s the equivalent of a plane flying west with the sunrise, constantly tracking the chatter and music of people across the planet.”

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    Creative briefs come in all shapes and sizes, but opportunities to create work for one of the most popular and ubiquitous brands in there world don’t come round very often. That’s what makes this one so exciting, with our friends over at Talenthouse on the hunt for artists, designers, filmmakers and animators to create artwork for Spotify’s new #nowfeeling campaign which is built on the way music inspires and informs our relationships with the world, and each other.

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    The amount of games out there is fairly mind-boggling and there are new ones flooding the market all the time. In the face of this kind of overload what’s needed are curators; people who know what they’re talking about, who can be trusted and who have great taste. Step forward then Cowboy Picks, a new archive of “inspiring game design” put together by the fine folks behind interaction design agency Hover Studio and animation production company Animade.

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    It’s a universally acknowledged truth that the week back to work after a long weekend drags like no other, so with that in mind, we’re bringing you some light entertainment to break up your Thursday afternoon and while away the hours until Friday hits.

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    The average Beyoncé fan’s repertoire is fairly complete, as far as these things go; on top of the extensive merchandise and the dedicated online community (the Beyhive) there are bookmarked folders full to the brim with Tumblrs and fan-sites and even a dedicated Soundboard. What they don’t have, however, is an art gallery full of the one woman superstar’s family portraits. Or they didn’t, at least. They do now.

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    Few brands have a stronger association with brilliant British design than Jaguar and so the chance to customise its latest model is a pretty spectacular one. But at next month’s Clerkenwell Design Week one creative will get that opportunity, with the final piece becoming one of the centrepieces of the much-respected design festival.

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    Three instalments in and we’re still enthused by The Guardian’s street view series, in which a Google Street View specialist takes iconic images and recreates them using everybody’s favourite maps service. This time around they’ve recreated classic album artworks through the service, hunting down the original locations of such covers as The Beatles’ Abbey Road, Bob Dylan’s The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan and Oasis’ (What’s the Story) Morning Glory. It’s a super-fun project, and a true testament to their specialist’s dedication! I wonder how many hours you’d have to spend staring at your computer screen before you start to visualise that tiny orange man hovering above the pavement as you walk down the road…

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    Daniel Hashimoto just trumped every single other dad who thinks they’re doing a pretty good job and jumped straight to the top of the podium. How? He’s an After Effects artist for DreamWorks studios, and he’s taken to adding CGI to clips of his toddler son playing at home. As a result, little James sets fire to shelves with his light sabre in toy shops, falls through puddles on the street, jumps over hot lava bouncing from sofa to sofa in his living room and he shoots things left, right and centre. He even has his very own dedicated YouTube Channel, The Action Movie Kid. Don’t miss the moment when James exclaims “Golly!” as his house collapses in ravaging flames behind him. Thank God The Independent brought this to our Friday! AMAZING.