“Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world.” Yeah maybe Voltaire had a point, but I’m sure if he’d known about Things and the lovelies who send us them, he’d have added: “Let us send tonnes of post” to that list. So join us on our jolly trolley stacked high with the Things that blew our socks off.
Pulse Films/Ruvan: Shut up and Play the Hits – The Very Loud Ending of LCD SOUNDSYSTEM
If you’re like me, you would have crawled over molten rock wearing nothing but metal pants to see LCD Soundsystem’s curtain call. Unfortunately, this option wasn’t available to anybody and many didn’t get to say their goodbyes to a band that has spoken to a generation. Luckily Pulse Films were capturing every moment, documenting the band’s epic final gig alongside their photographer Ruvan so we all can rave it up one last time. The It’s Nice That office has never been so pleased to dust off those dancing clogs, get up on the desks and have it large in honour of James Murphy and the band that makes you want to dance yourself clean.
Maggie Chok: A Poet Once Said
Now then ladies and gents, we’re getting our geek on with this fantastic scientific fusion of typographic loveliness. Based on a quotation from the 1964 Feynman Lectures on Physics, A Poet Once Said… explores ideas and learning, replicating Feynman’s own style of teaching with its concrete poetry-styled typography and abstract illustrations. Throughout the book, footnotes are to be found that further explain each illustrated quote, offering philosophical insights and the contextual significance of the text. The project was inspired by a desire to break out of a graphic design world that solely aims to sell products. Maggie Chok took the decision to align herself “with designers and thinkers who are interested in illuminating rich concepts and ideas in a way that elicits meaning, appreciation, and awe on part of the viewer.” Mission accomplished.
Postalco and Sunspel: Notebook
Whether you’re scribbling away inspiring ideas, lyrics for a teenage love-song straight from the heart, profound poetry, or designing some kind of bike/tank fusion so your wheels can’t get stolen, you need somewhere to splutter and flutter those ideas. And this is the only place to squiggle them out with your weapon of choice. Postalco have teamed up with Sunspel to produce a pad of elegant beauty; the kind of product you almost feel like you have to dress up around to impress it. Seriously, it’s that gorgeous!
You remember those smug kids at school who returned after the Christmas holidays with more gismos and gadgets than James Bond? I wasn’t one of them, but Things this week has spoiled us with this SUPERB magazine designed for people with an affinity for photography and literature. Der Greif is a print-magazine, online-platform and joint project for and with photographers and authors from all over the world. Not only is this magazine completely advert-free, its choc-a-block with inviting content designed in a clean, fresh format. This magazine is one to look out for – a real winner that seriously explores with depth the “absurd glamour in our perfectly-polished environments.”
Bryce Wilner: Both Sides in Moderation
You know us well enough now to understand that we LOVE ZINES! And Both Sides in Moderation doesn’t disappoint with its warmed images of plants and vegetal life. The zine was published in collaboration with a new Riso printshop and publishing house over in Chicago called Working Knowledge, an imprint we’re looking forward to seeing much more of.
- 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