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    It’s not uncommon for design agencies to upload a host of new work at around the same time, giving us several occasions to remind ourselves of their creative brilliance. So it is that only weeks after drooling over Build’s identity refresh for Generation Press we’re here to celebrate their limited-edition book to accompany the Barber Osgerby In the Making exhibition at the Design Museum (for which Build also did the design).

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    Last week we sang the praises of the terrific new Martin Creed show at London’s Hayward Gallery, provocatively titled What’s The Point Of It? Such a splendid exhibition requires a splendid monograph to accompany it, and Hayward Publishing have not disappointed.

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    In the era we grew up in we’d sadly missed the golden age of music magazines. The NME had long since lost the relevance it once prized so highly, Rolling Stone was similarly falling from grace and we had to battle with a slew of dubiously-written metal titles like Rock Sound and Kerrang! who championed some truly terrible bands (though maybe as an ex-goth that’s a problem specific to me). But then we found Pitchfork at just the right time, pointing its fingers in the direction of excellent new music and embracing the kind of critique that most had abandoned in favour of indie celeb-spotting and Smash Hits-style boot-licking. And it was all available for free on the new-fangled internet.

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    I’m going to let you in on a bit of a secret; most artist books are incredibly tedious. For one reason or another artists and designers can’t seem to get their act together to collaborate on printed works that are formally beautiful and rigorously conceptually communicative. Either the artist is too precious, the designer too zealous or the whole thing gets lost in a web of conceptual nonsense that renders the reading experience hopeless. And so good ones don’t come along very often.

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    Acid magazine describes itself as “a surf-inspired publication for the beauty of ideas and images,” a write-off which would have many readers assuming that there are only so many photographs of gnarly dudes on surfboards that you could see before you got bored and pushed it to one side. They’d be wrong, though.

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    At the moment there’s a trial going on in the UK that seemingly reflects the British press’ darkest hour. Various figures are accused of alleged mass hacking of phones and it has led to a lot of soul-searching about how low our once proud media has fallen.

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    There are few things that get us as excited in the studio as a brilliant comic book by somebody we’ve never heard of, and this week the superb debut offering from illustrator, graphic designer and typographer Jeremy Perrodeau ticked that box very neatly. Isles is a quietly brilliant publication, centred around the journey of three protagonists on a desert island, each taking their own route and overcoming obstacles and dangers on the way. Rendered only in black and white and described by the publisher as “an invitation to discover the obsession this geometric artist has with the universe” the narrative is intense, poignant and beautifully composed.

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    Tal R is an artist usually recognisable for his vibrant use of colour. He’s built his reputation on packing every degree of the spectrum into a single canvas. So long-term fans might be surprised to discover that his latest book, The Moon , is much more chromatically restrained than usual, printed in muted blues and reds. Don’t worry though, inside you’ll find that Tal’s sense of mischief is still very much intact, the characters within engaging in all sorts of lewd acts and deviant behaviour. They’re all smiling too, so what’s not to enjoy?

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    We’ve become accustomed to German publisher Lubok Verlag producing beautifully crafted lino-cut books by a selection of relatively obscure international artists. It’s for this output that we’ve grown to love them; the laborious volumes of print, offering a sense of depth and discovery while simultaneously being aesthetically delightful.

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    It’s a long acknowledged online truth that cats mean clicks. But if you were drawn in by Tom Edwards’ cute kitties above then prepare to be shocked; Tom’s drawing is a representation of the fact that Egyptian pharaohs were buried with 38 cats. This grisly feline tidbit is one of many such morsels collated by the creators of a new publishing service The Book Of Everyone, a website and app whereby you can order a personalised book for someone you love (or hate. But that’d be weird).

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    Pretty hard not to want to peer inside a book of cartoons that “reference both philosophy (Descartes, Hegel, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer) and pop culture (Conan the Barbarian, Peanuts, Suicidal Tendencies.)” One of our favourite artists James Jarvis is back with an absolute whopper of a comic, presented to the world by publishing heroes, Nieves. This 380 page book contains 365 drawings by James, made daily in 2012. Follow his know well-known characters as they grapple with everyday life and contemplate life’s meanings as they skateboard around the place. A must-read for anyone whose life has a Calvin and Hobbes-shaped hole that needs filling.

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    Born in 1942 in Buenos Aires, José Muñoz has been making extraordinary illustrations and comic books since his early twenties, when he began assisting Francisco Solano López, a contemporary master of Argentine comics. Since that time he’s moved across Europe, living in London, Barcelona and finally settling in Italy where he still resides today, writing and illustrating his own stories and those of long-time collaborators for international publication.

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    Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin’s latest publication isn’t a cheerful undertaking, I would go as far as to say it looks the darkest side of humanity square in the eye. Guided by philosopher Adi Ophir’s central tenet that God reveals himself predominantly through catastrophe, and that power structures within the Bible correlate with those within modern systems of governance, the artists have created an exact replica of the King James Bible and inserted photographs from the Archive of Modern Conflict alongside a selection of underlined passages.

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    The Guardian has long been feted for its pioneering digital offering which has seen it become one of the most visited news websites in the world. But tomorrow sees it launch a new monthly supplement Do Something which “offers hundreds of ways to get out there, stretch your horizons – be creative, active, social, smart and so much more besides.” After launching it with a terrific advert yesterday we can now reveal what the first issue will look like, and we’re pleased to say that it appears art director Chris Clarke and his team have smashed it out the park. Form the Owen Gildersleeve designed cover to the interesting and engaging layouts – graced with illustrations by the likes of Owen Gatley,Yann Le Bec and Hattie Newman – it seems to be a considered and personality-packed publication. Yet more proof there’s life in the old print dog yet!

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    When it comes to interesting and unusual publications, Visual Editions can be relied upon to pioneer the kind of titles that turn a lot of heads. For four years now Anna Gerber and Britt Iversen have been exploring the ways in which content and form can be manipulated, subverted and toyed with to create something very special. After huge acclaim for their latest work Where You Are the time was ripe to sit down with Anna and Britt and find out a bit more…

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    If, when flicking through a small book, you come across golden nuggets such as this: “Idea for a show: Fill the holes in the wall from the previous exhibition with plaster mixed with different pigment colours. This is now the exhibition.” It’s pretty hard to not keep reading. Ideas and Thoughts is a published sketchbook from cheerful ideas man, nay inventor, Helmut Smits who is sort of Holland’s answer to Daniel Eatock. Each page of this little book of his brain vomit is enough to make you want to get going on your own simple little projects immediately, especially when he’s presenting you with wickedly tempting ideas such as emptying a can of spray paint from a great height. Buy this book and start coming up with great little ideas, stat.

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    There’s something peculiarly haunting about abandoned buildings, particularly when they were once inhabited as the headquarters of sprawling corporate organisations. It’s this strange ghostliness that German photographer Andreas Gehrke like to play on. He has spent years photographing the now dormant modernist headquarters of companies such as IBM, German newspaper Der Spiegel and department store Quelle Versand, which he describes as “playing a significant role in shaping the political, social and economic face of post-war Germany.” His oddly beautiful images have now been compiled into lovely, simple publications, published by Drittel Book, and they’re a real treat.

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    For a man with only 20 paintings and eight drawings surviving as testament to his talents, Hieronymous Bosch has had a phenomenal influence over the world of fine art. Looking back on his works today it’s almost unthinkable that the Dutch painter produced his masterpieces over half a millennium ago – his canvases are so rich both in technical detail and narrative vision. But Bosch predates the Renaissance pioneers upon whom western culture has lavished extraordinary reverence and arguably outshines with the violent brilliance of his imagination.

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    Did anyone catch that BBC Ladybird Book documentary that was on just before Christmas? It was a fascinating look into the creation and the artists behind the books most of us grew up with. Whether you wanted to read about how to tie knots, the difference between villages and towns, or just animals that hibernate, Ladybird Books had a publication dedicated to nearly every subject on the earth and beyond.

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    It was during the dying embers of 2013 (Remember that? How young we were…) when this little book dropped through our letterbox and it’s fair to say it’s had me engaged, engrossed and utterly charmed ever since. You Are The Friction is the latest release from Sing Statistics, the independent publishers run by illustrator Lizzy Stewart and designer Jez Burrows (once of this parish).

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    Every year, just before the AGI Open, the AGI’s members come together in the year’s host city to present to each other their national design history – the major players and events that have shaped the design landscape over the past half century. This year it was the UK’s turn, and behind the closed doors of the Barbican a cohort of prestigious british designers presented themselves to the AGI’s global community.

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    Did you know that after gaining independence in 1964, Zambia started a space programme to send the first African astronaut to the moon?! Nope, neither did we, which to be fair is not that surprising as a lack of financial resources meant the project was pretty much doomed to failure, becoming no more than a little-known occurrence in the history of the global Space Race.

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    There are many magazines which beg to become the first in a never-ending collection, but the universal and seemingly timeless draw of food makes it an especially tempting subject. I can think of no better example than FUET MAGAZINE, born of a love of food and cooking, of which the very first issue has just been let out into the world. Designed by Diego and Martí of Spanish studio Córdova – Canillas, FUET is a beautiful example of publication design with a strong visual identity, editorial consistency and photoshoots to rival any other foodie mag out there. Witchcraft, the art of slaughter and an endearing feature on modem food rituals are all in there, in a charming and inquisitive collection of content. We’re very eager to get our hands on it.

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    Because we’re a nice bunch of young twenty-somethings and we like nothing more than meeting people in person and sluicing back a few mid-week drinks we decided it might not be a bad idea to have a little bit of a party to celebrate the launch of the Winter issue of Printed Pages. So we had a word with our friends at the Goodhood store, put some beers on ice and piled the free magazines high for an evening of festive cheer.

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    Some artists struggle to convey the ideas behind their work and practice through words alone. Here to solve this predicament is nice creative man Braulio Amado who has put together one of the most simplistic, charming publications we’ve seen in a long while. Gathering together the best illustrators and graphic artists alive on the planet at this moment he began to piece together a book of interviews in which each artist could answer the question visually rather than through words. The results are an honest, funny glimpse into the minds of some of the artists we know so well through the candid doodles they use to answer Braulio’s questions. You can buy your own copy (which I highly recommend) through his site.

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    Annoyingly, somebody has already penned the quote that defines Prison Pit in the most succinct, accurate and brutal fashion so here it is: “Prison Pit is like someone making a comic strip out of Mayhem’s Live in Leipzig, played at half speed and double the volume your speakers can safely process. If you’ve never heard that album, then I’ll spell it out for you: this is a brutal fucking comic.” – Patrick Tobin, Multiversity Comics. Thanks Patrick, thanks a lot. What I can add is that if you’re even remotely, fleetingly interested in intergalactic ultra violence and repellant profanities coupled with crude penmanship then this comic is undoubtedly for you. If not, don’t even look at these pictures. Seriously, don’t.

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    Jonathan Zawada is the multi-talented Antipodean LEGEND responsible for the tropical cover of our winter magazine. A maker of things, painter of pictures and designer of rugs Jonathan’s work is hard to define specifically, but it’s characterised by its quality; you can guarantee if it’s come from his brain it’ll be real nice. In between flights from LA to Sydney we hounded him relentlessly until he answered some questions about his work and designing this cover in particular.

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    Pentagram partner Emily Oberman and her husband were looking round her mother Arline’s attic when they came across a selection of illustrations they had never seen before. On further investigation they turned out to be a series of drawings Arline did in front of the television during the McCarthy Senate hearings of 1954. At the height of Cold War paranoia, Senator Joseph McCarthy spearheaded an ugly, aggressive campaign to root out Communist supporters and sympathisers from all areas of American public life, and when he turned his attention to the US Army, the nation sat transfixed as an extraordinary drama played out live in their living rooms (the hearings were the first non sports national event ever to be televised).

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    You’d be forgiven for suggesting that we post too much of Bureau Borsche’s work on the site, that we think they’re the bees knees and are blinded by the variety, quality and quantity of their work to the point that more or less every project produced has us gazing wide-eyed like small children on bonfire night, emitting hushed “Ooooohs” from our barely parted lips. But even if that’s true, we don’t care. We’re pleased as punch to be gazing at that display of fireworks and we’re pretty sure that each one is more dazzling than the last.

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    Who better than to give us a well-curated selection of some of the finest books around than KARMA books, one of New York’s most well-respected art bookstores. Founded by Brendan Dugan of An Art Service this little Aladdin’s cave of knowledge and aesthetic fudge collates some of the most difficult-to-find books in the world and publishes those that must exist. Their selection is, unsurprisingly, informative and beautiful in equal measure. Check out their site to get your hands on some of these publications for yourself.

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    Joe Sacco is not your average comic book artist. The Maltese-American illustrator began his career in journalism, and found himself drifting towards comics when the journalistic trend for detached storytelling left him feeling frustrated. His dissatisfaction led him to Palestine – and then Bosnia, Malta and a handful of others – from which he began the first-person war reportage in comic book form which would come to be seen as his characteristic style.

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    It’s a Christmas miracle! Two best friends, both alike in creative dignity, combine forces to produce one of the sweetest books we’ve seen in a long while. Colour Me Healthy is the brainchild of Dazed & Confused designer Claude d’Avoine and one of It’s Nice That’s favourite illustrators Tom Edwards and promotes healthy eating for children by way of a very nicely designed colouring book. We spoke to Claude about the ideas behind the project.

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    There’s no denying it, Winter’s arrived in force and sent a bitter chill across the land. It’s darker, colder and each day is just that tiny bit more depressing than the last. Until today. Because today the Winter edition of Printed Pages finally touches down with content specially engineered to stick two fingers up to the interminable doom and gloom of winter.

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    Remember when Dan Wilton went on that raucous tour with naughty duo The Bots and made his photos into a really funny zine? Well, he’s only bloody gone and done it again, this time with wild music makers, T-E-E-D. What’s so nice about Dan using this style again is that we’re starting to notice a pattern emerging in his work whereby he always seems to capture people when they are wet, about to be wet, or in water. Here’s Dan to tell us a bit more about that. “I’d been thinking of doing another fan/tour zine for a while following on from STOB EHT. Orlando (TEED) loved STOB EHT and it just fit with him finishing his current tour – so I went along for the ride documenting his final few shows at in Croatia.”

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    Viction:ary can always be relied upon to produce exciting compendia that identify the state of various factions of the design world. Their raison d’être is the production of easily digestible, visually led books that pick up on current trends in design and explore otherwise underexposed parts of a industry we all know and love – from design for kids and slick business cards to the use of neon colours and the application of infographics. This time though their subject is one that’s incredibly close to our hearts; the design studios of Great Britain.

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    There must be something in the water at the moment, because the amount of super sexy magazines unashamedly taking otherwise “ssshhh”-ed topics and placing them on double page spreads is eye-widening. Not many, on the other hand, are doing it as well as Folch Studio continue to.

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    This is exciting. If, like me, you’ve always fantasised about what the inside of issue 1 of i-D magazine looks like, and your wallet does not allow you to buy one off eBay then THIS IS FOR YOU. Since the new i-D site was unveiled a few weeks back by proud new owners Vice it has been providing the art and design and fashion community with the publication’s extensive archive of colourful, wild fashion content from the biggest names in the industry.

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    The elderly don’t really get enough credit from us young upstarts. For some reason we forget that they ran the world perfectly well before we were even born – probably even better than our generation ever will – so we should sit down, shut up and listen to the wisdom that flows from their geriatric lips. Better still we should all spend time with our grandparents and record their biographies for posterity just in case all that worldly wisdom is lost to history.

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    Just over a year on from his debut comics anthology, Joe Kessler is back with the second edition of Windowpane, another surreal foray into a world of sexual exploration, existential crisis and the speed-carving of chess pieces. Just like last time Joe’s been generous with the number of stories on offer and the richness of imagery too; you’re as likely to get lost in the detail of each panel as you are in the overall narratives.

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    On a school trip to a show dedicated to the work of Tomi Ungerer, Philippe Apeloig remembers being thrilled by poster showing an elephant from behind, dipping its trunk into a tin of green paint. From that simple starting point we can trace the development of a designer who went onto produce an extraordinary body of work; who worked for the Musée d’Orsay producing posters for their exhibitions, studied under Wim Crouwel at Total Design and now ranks as one of the most interesting and important graphic designers working today.