This week the Things sack gave us an intoxicating magazine about cider, seven beautiful zines, drawn dreams, global graphics and a book of washed out photographs. Enjoy!
Rum Hot Cow: The cider Issue
The second issue of Hot Rum Cow is a scrumptious celebration of cider. Flicking through will take you straight back to those glorious summer days lounging behind the haystacks with an uncorked bottle full of Greasy Pippins, Sheep’s Noses and Bloody Turks. With an illustrated guide to making your own cider press, guides to all the (wonderfully named) apple families, a cider photographer’s shots of wassailing and the enviable story of the maths teacher who chucked it all in to become a gypsy brewer, plus extra beery kegs of knowledge to show off with in the pub, this is intoxicating stuff.
Fredrik Åkum: zines
Fredrik Åkum makes beautiful zines. Within the seven he sent us we found monochrome collages, washed out portraits, bright marbling, melted paintings, soaked psychedelic watercolours, scratches, oily marks, very occasional snatches of text, warped records and faces hidden in sack-like hoods. Sometimes the crammed pages bleed, sometimes there’ll just be one little thing in the middle, like the eyes and nose holes of a skull. Each one is absolutely wonderful.
Buk No. 1 Dreams
If these oversized postcards really are “the weirdest dreams” Agne Matulionyte’s “ever had”, I envy her. These wonderful illustrations are on the sweetly surreal end of the dreams spectrum – there’s no horror, shame and confusion inducing stuff here. Instead there are toe less shoes and fish BMWs with a few annotations that try to explain the inexplicable. Lovely stuff.
Library Paper: 02
The excellently titled Library Paper aims to showcase a variety of graphic designers from around the world. Featuring submissions from Stockholm to Philadelphia to London to Toronto, Library Paper succeeds in presenting a fascinating glimpse into the work of a range of artists. With one page of work and an informal introduction written by the maker opposite, it’s an accessible glimpse into global graphic design.
Guy Archard: almost
Guy Archard sent us this very nice book of eerie, washed out portraits and lonely objects that probably mean lots of things to lots of different people. By turns sad and beautiful, we like this one.
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- First Dates for those who create: London agency Form on their working relationship
- Air-brushed psychedelia and neon lights abound in Robert Beatty’s new work
- Jack Davison shoots parrots with PTSD for The New York Times Magazine
- Graphic design work to challenge and empower the reader
- "A think tank for a week, and a do-tank for the rest of the year" : Ravi Naidoo on Design Indaba
- Racy photography from the new issue of Odiseo
- How to beat creative block: one designer offers his invaluable advice
- Bureau Mirko Borsche works with Nike Basketball on a new graphic language
- Meditation and creativity: should we believe the hype?
- VSCO develops new typeface and a symbol-based language as part of its rebrand
- More salaciously surreal illustrations from French duo Mrzyk & Moriceau