Our famed Things feature is back this week, and like the 35 year old man who has finally decided to move out of his mum’s house and into a bedsit all of his own, it’s shuffled uneasily out of the Weekender and now has a whole post to itself! On a Thursday, no less!
To celebrate this groundbreaking move we’ve got five excellent examples of the art and design stuff that’s been sent to us over the course of the week to show you, and among them you’ll find something filthy, something topical, something magazine-shaped and designy, something producty and one poemy thing. What can we say? We spoil you. We know it, and we enjoy it. We hope you do too.
Fabrica: Extra-Ordinary Gallery
Arguably, good design is always created with the intention of making day-to-day life that little bit nicer, but it’s not always affordable, let alone ownable. Fortunately the very brilliant Fabrica have decided enough is enough and set about making it available to everybody and their neighbour with the Extra Ordinary gallery, their first design collection by a team of Fabrica’s multicultural designers to be available online.
They explain: “Daily rituals made special through attention to detail … Common actions such as hanging a picture on a wall, a morning exercise or having drinks with friends are rendered a little bit more special than they already are; domestic, yet exquisite.” Items include wall organisers, a credit card holder and fruit bowl-cum-cake stand. Impress your neighbours!
Alice Swelly and George Sydney: Miserable Poetry
We’ve always got room for exciting literary offerings in the studio, so we opened this sweet little publication by poet Alice Swelly. The zine-like booklet compiles a collection of her own brilliantly candid lines, and was designed by her brother George Sydney. Even better than the brother-sister duo is the fact that the hand-written note accompanying the project was written on the back of a black and white photograph of the pair when they were younger – and there’s little we love more than baby pictures.
Works That Work: Issue #2
The second issue of brilliant new publication Works That Work continues with that infallible design policy that looks to gather “design-related stories theatre would make for interesting discussion with friends over dinner” offering a fascinating glimpse at airport-related design, the smuggling of vital ingredients past French customs by top chefs, a tunnel under the Alps (madness) and a portable lamp bound to make a huge difference for rural communities in Africa. As ever, the images in it are gorgeous, and the design clean and functional int he most aesthetically pleasing of ways.
No Fixed Format: The Sochi Project 2009-2014
Kummer & Herrman have been involved with The Sochi Project, which looks to tell the story of the subtropical seaside resort, for five years now – since long before the Winter Olympics 2014 got into full swing. Photographer Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen worked together to tell the story of the area, and now that the resulting publication is out in the world the Kummer and Herrman decided to gather the highlights of making the project into one lovely publication.
They said: “No Fixed Format gives an overview of the mosts tricking expressions of this project. It showcases the large variety of ways to disseminate and present documentaries. It demonstrates what visual storytelling in a collaborative manner is about and what the added value of design can be.”
The Anonymous Sex Journal: The Almost Issue, or Nearly In
The Anonymous Sex Journal continues to provide the most legitimate dose on kind-of-filth that gets sent in to the It’s Nice That studio; and with the second instalment being entitled “The Almost Issue, or Nearly In”, not to mention chapters called “Micropenis,” “Baby Oil” and “Ford Fiesta” it’s very, very easy to see why. This issue, collected by Alex Tieghi-Walker and Illustrated by one of our Graduates 2013, Juliana Futter, is every bit as fantastic as the first, and merits a thorough reading. Just maybe not on public transport, eh?
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- A futuristic framework for the retrospective of pioneering “total design” advocate Ove Arup
- Cool off with this week's Best of the Web and who to follow on social media
- Elena Éper's spirited illustrations to make you smile and squirm
- Pencil Bandit and Grey London produce quirky branded stings for E4
- Tommy Cash subverts the tropes of rap videos with a fleshy celebration of the human body (NSFW)
- Pentagram unveils refresh of Mastercard’s brand mark and identity
- Chris (Simpsons Artist)'s surreal but accurate illustrations of creative jobs
- Benedict Redgrove’s beautifully hypnotic film about how a tennis ball is created
- Ian Davis’ picturesque paintings of bureaucratic dystopia
- Photographer Adrienne Salinger’s series of teenage bedrooms from the 90s
- Is it ever OK to work for free?