Just so you’re not impressed into paralytic submission, Things this week is split into two. This, part I, is a making up for a temporary tool predicament (I found the camera!) and will be featuring Wills and Kates (every week until the big day?), missing dogs, Norwegian landscapes, smutty type, and a literary review about advertising with a catchy name.
Missing Pets Vol. One Grimsrud & Showalter
“There is a dog that may be wandering around lost on the common” half sounds like a the open to a Yeats poem but actually is a rather eloquent example of some lost dog signage. Grimsrud & Showalter are the ‘Curators of collections’ and have put together a nice, maybe sad but best of found posters that will tug on the metaphorical dog leads of your heart.
Wills and Kate are getting hitched! Alice Pattullo
Alice has kindly reminded us it’s not all about vomit and scones (mutually exclusive) on the forthcoming marriage of Wills and Kate “People’s Princess” Middleton with a celebratory crown and poster. Both screen printed with typical excellence that we can now associate Alice with. Great likeness too (it’s in the teeth).
Gratuitous Type Elana Schlenker
A lovely printed, honest publication, Gratuitous Type is a “pamphlet of typographic smut” and as such, features some great, fan-like musings on people and projects that play with form and context for type and its many faces. Lovely centrefold featuring covers from Cuba’s golden era.
Strom: Drawings and Paintings Nigel Peake
These repetitively marked and coloured landscapes are what Nigel Peake remembers whilst in an attic in Ballytrustan or on the floor of an apartement in Brooklyn, from his week in a cabin in Norway. If his memories are as richly textured and beautiful as these I either want to visit this cabin, or sit in his brain. Havn’t decided which.
Adliterate Review Richard Huntington
Adliterate Review is that rare beast, a demi-broadsheet chock a block of unapologetic text (some justified “unparralled narcissism”) that you can happily read without your brain falling out your ears. It is generally good when someone bothers to put a provocation or hypothesis about something as huge as advertising into words so that the rest of us can limpet our disagreement or grow our own opinions off it. Shows he (Richard) gives a damn, and he sustains that caring with the original blog. (Also great).
- Cheeky, irreverent and vivid illustrations by Thomas Hedger
- Brilliant branding and a cracking It’s Nice That collaboration: introducing Unmade
- Director collective Canada creates raunchy, psychedelic video for Tame Impala (NSFW)
- Stylish designs that aim to make online gift-buying as fun as "walking around a concept store"
- Alex Sheridan’s hilarious shots of comedian David O’Doherty in sports memorabilia
- Cult magazine Nova and its nods to “eroticism and extortion” photographed in a suitably 70s setting
- Anthony Burrill tells us about his numerous Etsy WORK HARD rip-offs
- “I wouldn’t recommend trying to make it as an illustrator to anyone”: straight-talking McBess
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Japanese illustrator Nimura Daisuke is back with his charmingly naughty gifs
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Making branding with a purpose: what can we learn from the Bauhaus?