The calendar is set and the show birds are in position. We even have an exhibition of what should aptly be described as grotesquely intriguing (Not quite the remit of Stephen Fry’s QI but we’ll go there all in the name of Things voyeurism). And just like the sandwich that doesn’t need any more sauce, we’re going to slap a ladle load of spiced gravy on top, wrapping things up with lovely illustration and art. Strap yourselves in people, Things are about to get real!
Luke Stephenson: An incomplete dictionary of show birds
So, on the first stop of this whistle stop tour of goodness, we’re going to drop in on a publication that massages the eye and speaks volumes about culture and creation. This feathered beauty is An incomplete dictionary of show birds by Luke Stephenson which showcases an amalgamation of birds bred by humans, revealing underlying messages that tweet of the culture that created them. The birds here are not just natural, but cultural creatures living in an “overlap between the natural and man made world”. Lovely stuff.
Rob Ryan’s Calendar
Next up, we were graced with a desk-like organisational piece of candy. We all need to know the date, and we all love nice things. So Rob Ryan’s calendar pretty much has all the bases covered, almost creating a child-like scuffle here as to who’s desk it should live on. Luckily, the unfortunate discussion was diffused by the fact that Rob Ryan is a diamond and sent us more than one! This pop-up piece of craftsmanship will help any beholder to organise their lives and continue to please. Cheers Rob!
Have I hooked you in yet!? Come on, it’s Saturday and you’re about to be introduced to a magazine that thinks it’s a newspaper! We’re in the grips of The Loop , a magazine for kids aged 9 – 13, here to either entertain the more innocent side of your life or to promote the next generation of creative minds so we can carry on talking about the things we love for years to come. Inside, you will find content linked together with some gorgeous illustration, graphic design, art and tales of the extraordinary – “from tongue-shredding mutant tomatoes to dogs in space”. How could you refuse. I think we should all #Go-loopy and approach creativity with childlike enthusiasm forever!
Hurt you bad #1 Concealed Intentions
Hurt you bad #1 Concealed Intentions is the product of years of toil and selfless sacrifice. It’s a rather lovely publication to hold in your hands and the content immediately grips you with its edgy boldness while never losing sight of its aims or its depth. The exploration of a graffiti culture extends beyond picturing graffiti, flowing into all aspects of experience, and so this magazine is essentially “a graffiti magazine with little or no graffiti in it”. What it does have though, it does well, presenting me with one of the most shocking double-page spreads I’ve seen in years – Interlude #2, Pig to Paris under the subtitle How far will you go for fame? by Selena WMD is astounding. The pictures speak for themselves so flick along through and check it out for yourselves.
Lastly, we had the pleasure of receiving a package that kept on giving. Tiny Tim is a book full of drawings by Tim Enthoven and an essay by Jan Van Tienen (editor in chief of the trendy flock over at Vice Magazine). The publication itself takes the form of many individual pieces held together in a special folder, inviting the kind of exploration where you never know what you’ll stumble across. Containing the excitement you feel when you are nine looking up naughty words in the dictionary, I can inform you all (while trying my best not to blush) that you definitely bump into some vivid illustration that you can almost taste!
- Thomas Prior captures a Mexican festival involving exploding sledgehammers
- The misty-eyed and delicate pencil marks of Lee Kyutae
- Build’s brand identity for product design brand Plæy mirrors its playful and modular designs
- David Bailey's photographs of NW1, republished and exhibited for the first time
- Studio Mut creates a catalogue for Italian art prize that celebrates up-and-coming artists
- A forward-minded retrospective: behind the design of the massive Cedric Price monograph
- Wes Anderson directs H&M Christmas advert starring Adrien Brody
- The New Look: Looking back at Roundel’s 1980s identity design for British Rail’s Railfreight
- Discussing cinema with Laura Marling on her directorial debut, Soothing
- London’s first crisp restaurant, Hipchips, launches with branding by Ragged Edge
- Richard Sandler’s street photography conveys the intricacies of city life
- A "stress opus" from cartoonist Nadine Redlich