This week Things falls down London’s coal holes, wanders through the woodland of Berlin and ends up on the beaches of Melbourne plus ironic word games and perforated pink philosophy.
2013 – Lucky For Some Calendar from Mytton Williams
Seeing the year stretched out in raffle tickets really hits home. This calendar could be read as a cruel countdown to death, willing you to rip off each of its pink, perforated squares in agony at the misfortunes that befall us. Conversely it could be read as a fun reminder of the lottery of life and all the joys to come! Well, whatever the witty team at Mytton William’s metaphysical intention, it’s undeniably brilliant.
Golden Cosmos: 2013 Year Planner
This wonderful calendar comes courtesy of Golden Cosmos who are – quite possibly – our favourite Berlin-based illustration and design duo ever. My German’s suffered since GCSE but I think it’s based on the Brothers Grimm. Obviously they’ve decided to go for the lighter side of those sick, twisted and brilliant scribblers. With frolicking woodland creatures and cheerful voyeurs, his lovely offering can’t help but brighten up your year.
Trodden Under Foot
Graphic designer Maxwell Harrison’s Trodden Under Foot is a fascinating project on Victorian London’s coal holes. Harrison wandered across London taking wax rubbings of these cast-iron plates before developing the designs himself. His mission to document the pavement plates of urban history we so often trample over is admirable. There must surely be dozens of stories accompanying them and it would be fantastic to see the histories and his designs paired.
This Is The Same Ocean: #3
If you go far enough down a London coal hole you’ll probably end up in Melbourne where, if you’re very lucky, you might meet the team behind the very nicely named risograph photography journal This Is The Same Ocean. Their third edition is a collection of beautiful washed out full-bleed images including, but not limited to: pineapple piles, tattooed guys’ phone calls, motorcycling dogs, backpacking nuns and perfect beaches. There’s some surreal stuff, there’s some banal stuff, and though you’ll be left with ink on your hands, you’ll be grateful for the privilege.
Studiolo / Edition Patrick Frey: Trix + Robert Haussmann
Finally we come to STUDIOLO and Edition Patrick Frey’s collaborative zebra-clad monograph on the influential Swiss architects and designers Trix and Robert Haussmann. Lavishly illustrated with photographs and sketches of their impressive designs, plus some pretty heavy theoretical essays, there’s also some light(ish) relief in the intriguing “log-0-rithic slide rule” from 1980, a.k.a “a critically-ironic game of words.”
- Alan Fears’ papier mâché heads are a humorous portrait of ourselves
- The quiet humour of illustrator Elena Xausa
- Devilish charm: the illustrations of Polly Nor
- Illustrator Thomas Howe’s detailed character studies capture quirky personas
- Tragic beauty: the arsenic-laden wallpapers of the Victorian home
- Bureau Mirko Borsche creates a crisp, type-led campaign for the Bavarian State Opera
- Reasons Not To Do Graphic Design by Yotam Hadar
- Nostalgia in branding: top design studios analyse the NatWest and Co-op retrobrands
- Google and Monotype launch Noto, an open-source typeface family for all the world’s languages
- The only way is ethics: what are the moral obligations of a graphic designer?
- Rachel Levit illustrates contemporary relationships in new book
- Creative agency INT Works relaunches as Anyways, with a playful graphic identity