It’s Easter weekend! That magical, once in a year religious occasion which grants you not one but two Bank Holidays, and an anything-goes pass to bask in all the sugary confectionary your body will allow you to consume! It’s a happy time of year, and we’re celebrating with a collection of stuff that we’ve been sent that we think is awesome and that we think you’ll like too. This week’s Things include a catalogue of Studio 75B’s lesser known projects, a story which does crazy things with type, a souvenir from a trip, an adventure beneath the sea and last but not least a book that turns into a lamp. A LAMP! I know. Enjoy!
Diogo Lopes: The Vista
This excellent project is by Diogo Lopes, who describes it perfectly: “These images were created from vectorised scans of leftover packaging and labels from products that I consumed during my trip to China in March, 2013. With these, I try to highlight my experience by commenting on the fact that the beautiful landscapes and landmarks were often corrupted by all of the rubbish present on the locations. The result is a collection of images that have been played with to create artificial sceneries that show the contract between my expectations versus the reality.” Sure is a nice way to document a trip, is it not?
Lumio: Book Lamp
I don’t want to blow this one up too much for fear of coming across like a crazy person, but this new offering by Lumio is the best lamp I have EVER SEEN. Masquerading as a humble book, it opens up to shed light on the faces of those expecting to find themselves facing conventional text, begging a myriad of literature-based pun in the process. Portable, rechargeable and incredibly simple, you’ll never be able to look at a normal lamp in quite the same way again.
Pieter Vos and Rens Muis: The Work of 75B
Rotterdam-based design studio 75B was founded in 1997 by Robert Beckand, Rens Muis and Pieter Vos, creating work across the worlds of art, design, music and youth culture. Now, 17 years later, Vos and Muis are releasing The Work of 75B to catalogue the progression of their style, which has been described as “conceptual, simple, no-nonsense, ironical and tongue-in-cheek.” Brilliantly, the book contains many of the studio’s more experimental and personal projects, omitting some of their “more esteemed” work. And it’ll look damn good on your coffee table, too.
Kellie Strøm: Worse Things Happen At Sea
That Kellie Strøm sure is one talented chap, as this new project for NoBrow, Worse Things Happen at Sea proves excellently. The illustrations he arduously creates are so unbelievably detailed that even to blow them up to the size of an entire room would scarcely do them justice; this is a publication which warrants poring over for days at a time.
Sam Winston: A Dictionary
Sam Winston is well known for his crazy experiments with type, and this new one might just be the most beautiful yet. Marina Warner describes it as “a fairytale as concrete poem, a typographical romance, filled with wit and tenderness,” and we can only bow our heads in enthusiastic agreement.
- Anthony Burrill tells us about his numerous Etsy WORK HARD rip-offs
- Stina Löfgren’s instructional illustrations for practical lunges
- Scandinavian aesthetics and do-right design approach: the brand values of Nudie Jeans
- A beautiful portrait of the communities, theatre and blingy pants of South Yorkshire wrestling
- Back to basics with Davide Di Gennaro’s symbol-heavy design workshop identity
- “I wouldn’t recommend trying to make it as an illustrator to anyone”: straight-talking McBess
- Should illustrators be treated like designers?
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Grey London's thoughtful, powerful and innovative new campaign for Tate Britain
- Anthony Burrill on starting out and staying focussed
- Introducing French design studio plus mûrs and its beautiful poster designs