This week’s Things is a wild publication frenzy, between the new issues of Little White Lies, So Young, The Ride and a lovely one from design collective Dalziel & Pow. We’ve also got illustrator Lo Parkin’s gorge panorama of London Fashion Week to share with you, so if you fancy lying out in the park with the sun (yes, the sun!) on your face and some well tended-to paper clasped firmly in your sweaty hands this weekend, you simply have no excuse not to.
Little White Lies: Issue #52
Just when you think that Little White Lies have exhausted all possibilities for illustrated covers and can’t possibly ever top that Tron illustration (you remember the one) they go and put Kermit on the front and blow the whole bloody thing out of the water. And don’t think that the Muppets content ends there, either! Those friendly, foamy folks are in the whole thing – happily illustrated with their nice little familiar faces and a huge collection of brilliant stories.
So Young: Issue #3
As one keen Instagram commenter commented, “there’s something strangely pleasing about that cover,” and you’re right, Instagram commenter! There is! There’s also something strangely pleasing about So Young’s contents; a music zine in the truest sense of one, it features interviews with cool bands, plenty of excellent illustration commissions, and even some great photography thrown in for good measure. Even better, as the introduction explains, “the pages of this magazine represent a labor of love, with no funding and only our minimum wage jobs allowing us to print.” Rest assured chaps, it was well worth it.
The Ride: Issue #8
The Ride journal never fails to delight, provided you’re a fan of great stories, beautiful illustration and cycling. In actual fact you don’t really need to have that much interest in cycling to enjoy the contents of this lovely bit of print as the stories are pretty universal. We’ve featured The Ride a few times on the site because we love what the Diprose brothers achieve with every edition; a consistently thoughtful, insightful publication that never feels rushed in its production and always arrives when you’re starting to think about getting out on some long weekend rides again.
Lo Parkin: London Fashion Week, an Illustrated Panorama
The sprawling grounds of Somerset House during London Fashion Week can be a lot to take in, and the quickly-changing images on street style blogs simply don’t always do justice to the diversity of looks on show. Lo Parkin, on the other hand, has done a fine job of capturing the atmosphere, with her beautiful illustrated panorama. No detail is too tiny, from pleats, fastenings on heels, and her arduously created illustration provides a souvenir of the week long after the trends have been forgotten.
Dalziel and Pow: Opinion Case Study Gallery
Sometimes design for big, corporate brands can be presented in ways that are less than fascinating, with all the nicer spreads dedicated to smaller, independent brands. Not for Dalziel and Pow though, no sir! They’re happy to highlight design excellent for brands from Argos, Debenhams and Next to Samsung and Primark, no less, and they do it all in a larger than life/A4, fluorescent green bound beauty.
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- Patrick Savile’s dreamy designs draw from 70s airbrush art, Roger Dean and Turing patterns
- Illustrator Nathan Cowdry depicts an unusual dialogue between two strangers in his new comic, Shiner
- Our round-up of this year’s UK grad show identities and show designs
- Nathalie du Pasquier opens first solo show in UK for almost 25 years
- Photographer Ian Kenneth Bird shares his top photobooks
- Alex Norris’ hilarious three-panelled webcomics are universally appealing
- Pigalle, Ill-Studio and Nike have redesigned the Paris Duperré basketball court
- Leipzig graphic design studio Lamm & Kirch on their shared ethos
- Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger on how to stand out
- From Lemon Twigs to Laura Marling: Hollie Fernando’s painterly photography folio
- Why materials matter: Seetal Solanki on the Grenfell Tower tragedy