Rain, rain go away and come again at sensible intervals so we can get out of this drought. But it’s Saturday now so it’s time to wash away the week with Things Shampoo, a squidge of revitalising goodness that will rid commuter grime and tame your tangled tresses of creativity. This week features several news-printed delights, a beautiful journal full of beautiful people with a sprinkling of Portuguese flavour to top it off. So lean back in that hairdresser’s chair of yours and lather, rinse, repeat (if you really must). And don’t forget to condition afterwards with our brand new podcast, Studio Audience posted earlier this week.
Andy Smith: Posters
The smell of newsprint is something I’ve always enjoyed, it’s so thick and laden with promise for a material so thin. It’s even better when it’s emblazoned with Andy Smith’s colourful posters which he sent in as a little treat for everyone in the office. Printed by Newspaper Club in an edition of 500, the works featured were originally silk screen prints, but there’s something I really enjoy about the posters being on a different texture. It’s a nice little pick-me-up with his hand-drawn typography and tongue-in-cheek nature always making it a pleasure to look through Andy’s work.
Alastair Hiscock/Ben Dunmore: Article – The Broken issue
We’re all feeling a bit broken really, especially with the rain dampening our spirits even more this week. But Article magazine has decided to tackle this in a way that beats us just complaining about it to our mums on the phone. In their new issue, they cover a range of subjects under the notion of ‘broken’, including the history of glitch art, a fascinating photo essay commemorating scenes from the Falklands war and an array of interviews and reviews. Well-designed and spaced there’s a real sense of consideration with this issue, and the handy size means it’s perfect for your bag or abnormally large pockets.
James Wright: Fourth & Main Journal
To create a whole publication in conjunction with your debut collection of menswear is a bold thing to do. But it’s definitely paid off for Fourth & Main formed by Nikhil Adwalpalkar and James Wright, who’ve created this journal of beauty. Using the same aesthetics for their clothing, they’ve channelled London’s creative culture by using a range of new talent to produce the content. Visually it’s very good looking, with images of total babes pretty much on every page and the design of the whole thing feeling very sophisticated. Swit swoo!
Filipe Gil: Pedal Jornal
Now, we’re not saying you should ignore the written content in a publication but when it’s a language you’re not fluent in, you kind of don’t have a choice. And we liked Portuguese magazine Pedal Jornal so much that we decided to forgo the language barrier. Based around biking culture and all its whimsy it aims to populate pro-cycling attitudes in Portugal where this alternative form of transportation isn’t as mainstream as it’s become in other places in Europe. Some lovely bike-related illustration with varied layouts across the four issues they sent us means visually it’s a good’un and from what we’ve read ever so reliably from Google Translate people seem to agree. But if there are any Portuguese speakers out who want to let us know what the words are like too, feel free to get in contact!
Studio theGirls: The Very Small Office of Johan Kramer
The last Thing of the week is big and beautiful and makes me wish all newspapers were this size – the Underground would be even more fun then I’m sure. Johan Kramer set Studio theGirls a brief to create a corporate house style and a newspaper to announce the opening of his new agency, The Very Small Office of Johan Kramer (a sort of mobile agency), with the words and photos being provided by Johan himself. The result is a kaleidoscope of content and colour showcasing the creative freedom and collaborations the agency endeavour in. It’s really is an impressive thing to behold with a range of photography and illustration like the brilliant print from 44flavours, mixed with lovely layouts and stories.
- 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