This week Things has gone 3D. Well, sort of. In our treasure trove of postal gold we found those little red and green glasses which can only mean fun is on the way, making a FANTASTIC student’s portfolio a treat for the eyes. One new magazine puts the class back into cat and a photographer takes us on a trip back in time to a pebbly shore where seagulls swoop in the sky.
Elliot Kruszynski: Prints
Picking Elliot Kruszynski’s envelope up out of the post was like being at the receiving end of a lesson in “How To Get Yourself Noticed As A Young Creative”. Printed outside the package of goodies was his characteristic long nosed figure looking shiftily to his left at Queen Liz. I ripped it open like a kid given a massive present at Christmas. Inside the fun went on, with prints of smiley houses and grinning cars and suspicious looking blobs. Bright, bold and brill. Have a nosey at what I found.
PUSS PUSS: Issue #1
Disclaimer: This magazine has nothing naff about it. Unless your granny is significantly cooler than mine, this is definitely not the cat magazine for her. It has an interview with Ai Weiwei for one (Ai Weiwei!), who has no less than 30 feline friends. Rasha Kahil photographs London creatives at home with their cats; more Vogue than BuzzFeed. There are some intriguing features, including a story on the tattoo artist Liam Sparkes and an essay on the history of the leopard print. This is one cool cat. If you’re into cats.
Suzie Howell: Seagulls
This lovely self-published photo book with a sewn binding from Suzie Howell made me nostalgic for British beach holidays past. She was kind enough to include a limited edition hand printed postcard too. Her snaps of wild flowers are gorgeous and I especially like the final picture of a topless man looking out to sea with an almost cloudless sky.
Gina Moreno Valle: FANTASTIC
FANTASTIC it sure is. Gina Moreno Valle, from the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania, sent it our way from across the pond. Inside the colourful front cover, which conjures up visions of jelly tots or hole punch pellets (take your pick), are a whole host of treats. 3D glasses, mirrors and magnifiers make flicking through the book like a visit to the interactive zone of the Science Museum. It’s up to us to get creative with the images – we can make them bigger, smaller, multiply by the dozen, or take them into a whole other dimension. The graphics are fun even without the help of some optical illusions, but with them it’s well and truly playtime.
Laurence King: The Street Food Journal
Designed by the wonderful Shaz Madani, a previous It’s Nice That grad (we only pick the crème de la crème), The Street Food Journal is all simplicity and style. Its buttercup yellow cover has a matte finish and inside is an alphabetic encyclopaedia of world street food factlets. Summer is here, and the living is easy.
- 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