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    It takes a whole lot of talent to condense an entire, well-written article into one inoffensive and complimentary illustration, but Maggie Li has totally nailed it. From the YCN Annual to Readers Digest to the Clerkenwell Post, Maggie’s friendly illustrations provide immediate aesthetic delight as well as deftly and instantly communicating exactly what is going on. Her cartography is particularly in-demand, and she produces sweet maps for a variety of clients who need to make their town or nearby streets look as friendly as possible, stat! Maggie is also one fifth of the very skilful illustration team Zombie Collective whose pleasingly similar work you should definitely check out as soon as possible.

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    Cruising the streets of your ‘hood is the best way to spend an afternoon (if you’ve got the weather on your side that is) –popping in to your favourite shops, eavesdropping in the park and jamming at the bus stop is pure bliss. Ricky Powell is definitely a man of the streets and this idiosyncratic character comes to life in Will Robson-Scott’s new film, shot roaming the streets of New York’s West Village.

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    It’s always interesting to see the less famous work of iconic creatives and they don’t come much more iconic that husband and wife duo Charles and Ray Eames. The pair are synonymous with furniture design but a new show in west London explores the graphic design work that came out of their California studio.

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    We’ve spoken before about how we’re kind of over timelapse but just as we look to close the door on it something like this comes along and we’re forced to hold our proverbial horses. London-based illustrator Patrick Vale has released a video of him drawing the Manhattan skyline as seen from the 102nd floor of The Empire State Building and it’s staggering to watch his work take shape before your eyes. Even condensing this feat into 80 seconds doesn’t detract from the ridiculous level of skill involved – in fact it heightens your appreciation of the scale of this undertaking. Well done Patrick sir!

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    Séverin Millet is exceptionally cool. For not only is Séverin Millet French (cue all my French-related fantasies of afternoon wine, chateaus and picnics on the Seine) but Séverin Millet also happens to be a truly fantastic illustrator and, if the suits he kits his illustrative characters out in are anything to go by, one can only assume that he is quite a suavely dressed gentleman too.

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    Photography is brilliant at making you stop and appreciate the beauty of everyday things that otherwise can just pass you by. I must have walked by hundreds of lone water-towers in my time but never have I properly stopped and taken a moment to appreciate the concrete fineness of these overbearing structures. I doubt I’m alone in this either, after all the words “water-towers” and “beauty” are probably not something you’d put together, let alone a subject likely to just crop up over the lunch table.

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    Type maestro Jon Contino knows exactly where he wants to go and isn’t at all afraid of putting the hours in to get there. He’s the kind of boy your mum wished you would hang out with, in the hope that his admirable work ethic would rub off on to you. Claiming that “as many hours as I can stay awake, is as many that I’ll work” he is not scared of immersing himself in his craft and even with long days of drawing under his belt, he still manages to keep his standards A+.

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    Some of the greatest stories human beings have ever told have been about redemption, and it might be time to add another name to that canon. Australian band The Beards have just released their new single Got Me A Beard which tells the story of a proud beard-wearer who is jilted by his girlfriend and then society at large. But our intrepid hero finds solace in a place where the beard is revered, and then him and his new friends return to the real world to wreak a shocking, hilarious revenge. Animators Chris Edser, Bill Northcott and Jarrod Prince have created a weird and wonderful world which works perfectly with the song, and it’s a must watch for both hairy hipsters and pogonophobes alike.

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    If you’re going to go and eat a burger, you may as well do it properly. There’s no point dodging your way around the calories and grease by making ludicrous demands like: “I’ll have the number three but without the bacon and mayonnaise please,” or the worst, “Can I get my burger without the bun?”

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    This summer’s gone by in such a whirlwind that September offers us the chance to check in with some of our favourite studios to see what they’ve been up to over the past few months. And it was little surprise to see that brilliant barcelona-based hey Studio have been busy, most noticeably with this gorgeous identity for the city’s Gandules’12 outdoor film festival. As we’ve come to expect from Hey the work is simple, colourful and works effortlessly across pamphlets, posters and even flags. They’ve also produced an interesting sculpture called Chromatics which shows their tremendous talent isn’t confined to graphic design. We can’t get enough of these guys.

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    LA-based Emily Maye photographs cyclists both on and off the road and she does it really, really well. Her cycling books capture the whole spectacle of racing, avoiding the obvious dramatic action shots of collisions and falls to show the race beyond the start and finish lines. The energy of the crowd, checking race tan lines, fixing chains, filling water bottles – Emily shows us something very different to the television cameras but loses none of the drama or determination. On the roadside you can miss the cyclists as they shoot past in the blink of an eye but these photos show the long endurance of the ride. 

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    Imagine you were asked to make a film out of the late, great Monty Python’s star Graham Chapman’s life. Now imagine that true to Python form and spirit you decided to make it an animation. How on earth would you begin to decide on a look and feel that could communicate this extraordinary man and his ridiculous talent? Easy, you don’t decide on one look and feel, you decide on loads.

  13. Elena-list

    It is a writer’s job to flower things up, describe things beautifully and add just the right amount of wit and personality that ensures the audience are kept excited with each new word they read. But while I’d love to think that my writing ticks those boxes, when it comes to dreamy illustrator Elena Xausa her own self description is pretty spot on. You only have to click on her welcome page in which she cheerily writes: “Welcome to my crazy, messy, easy, buzzy world!” to get a drift of what the talented Berlin-based artist is all about. And, with such a cheery introduction, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to work out that her work follows suit, “crazy and messy”, cheery and colourful and above all refreshingly lighthearted – Elena’s illustrations are brilliant.

  14. Rwmain

    Although your schooldays may have seemed pretty dire, it’s always fun to chuckle at schoolchildren at this time of year when you know they’re all having to go back to triple science and haircuts and you’re a grown-up who can do whatever you want (within reason). Raimond Wouda’s Schools project takes you back to the days of cramped locker rooms and sparse dance floors, completely immersing you in the pubescent whiff of hundreds of Dutch teenagers.

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    The only enviable light bulb of last year is back. Light bulb envy sounds petty, but when Brit Insurance Design of the Year winners are involved, it isn’t. The inevitable phasing out of traditional lightbulbs with ugly eco replacements was all getting a bit dull yet Samuel Wilkinson and Hulger’s curvy, stylish Plumen 001 was an unexpected design solution to new EU regulations and obviously welcomed happily last year. “It’s a bulb that doesn’t need a shade and so goes a long way to make up for the loss of the Edison original,” said Design Museum stpremo Deyan Sudjic.

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    “Nothing has lingered in my mind like this” were the words of Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian’s film critic, after witnessing Dreams of a Life, Carol Morley’s groundbreaking 2011 documentary. Born from a self-confessed obsession with the story of Joyce Vincent, a young woman who was found dead in her London flat with the television still on, having not been found, or looked for, for over three years, this documentary was what made the world sit up and listen to what Carol wanted to communicate to us.

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    When it comes to cigarettes, the art of rolling may not be deemed a credible skill to add to your CV by most people (or any people in fact). But cigars are a whole different matter and The Cigar Shop shows the process of making these iconic luxury items from scratch and the worth customers place on the skill. Like all of Made by Hand’s pieces, this is a top-notch process film and as ever watching something being made in front of you can be a little bit magic. Shot fantastically, it demonstrates how community values can shape the place where an object is made just as much as the exquisite craftsmanship behind it.

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    Certain sensations have the power to plunge you back into your past – the feeling of popping candy in your mouth, the smell of your grandma’s perfume or the sound of the Woof theme tune (a popular early 1990s ITV drama where a boy turned into a dog). Well get ready for the ultimate retro snapback courtesy of Wallzo (aka Darren Wall) and his plan to produce the definitive biography of Sensible Software, the company that created the whole aesthetic of your misspent youth.

  19. Ross-list

    Gig posters are dangerous territory. Swing the right side and they can be beautiful works of art – the kind you buy regardless of whether you are a die-hard fan or just a casual observer – but swing the wrong side and you are in all sorts of trouble. Call me shallow but I for one judge bands on their artwork, show me a beautifully designed poster and I’m there, genre regardless, show me a bad one and let’s just say the band has a lot of making up to do.

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    Namaskard (n-ahh-mag-ska-rdo?) may not be the easiest place to pronounce and may not be the easiest area to place geographically off the top of your head. The Icelandic region is hidden away and pretty much too colossal to take in. Navis’ photographs of the landscape capture each aspect of this extraordinary landscape superbly with scale and depth hard to calculate – each image reveals something epic about Iceland and its brilliant variety of terrain. Tim says the landscape is everything – loud and silent, empty and full, hot and cold, volatile and empty. Cheers for making those of us less travelled realise Iceland isn’t just white!

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    Anyone who’s ever won a goldfish at a funfair or bought one off a man in a pub will know they’re pretty dull pets. Owners try lots of things to ramp up the wow factor with models of castles and scuba divers but at the end of the day these little swimmers are able to resist all such attempts. But hang on a minute (or double the length of a goldfish’s apparent attention span) as Sheffield studio Psalt Design may just have found the solution.

  22. Ellist

    Edward Lear is best known for his nonsense verse, the first poetry I came across as a youngster and so the standard by which I still judge everyone else (note to all other poets, you’re very serious). But the man who made silliness an artform began his career at the other end of the stupidity-serious spectrum working as a zoological illustrator.

  23. Pentlist

    If you don’t listen to This American Life then I’m not sure we can be friends. The weekly look at US culture and society goes out to a radio audience of 1.8 million people with around 750,000 people downloading the podcast and it’s not hard to see why. Whether it’s a look at the so-called psychopath test and how it affects people’s lives, the moving tale of the boy stolen by soldiers after a massacre or a very loosely-themed hour of live storytelling TAL (as all the cool kids are calling it) is fresh, intelligent and compelling.

  24. Ramon-list

    When we first contacted Ramon Haindl he told us he was “on the road,” driving across France by day and camping in the Alps drinking cheap whisky by night. Cool we thought. But I tell you what’s even cooler – Ramon’s photographs. If you are wowed by the creativity of one new artist this week I dare you not to let it be this guy.

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    The phrase “ideas man” has become warped by its overuse as a middle management staple, the meaningless cover letter boast. But it’s time to reclaim it we think as Dominic Wilcox is an ideas man in the purest sense.

  26. Ed

    Last time we, or I, posted about Ed Templeton we showed you a short, intimate film with the man himself, talking about his cameras and his process. Well, that was gold as it’s not often he actually gets interviewed. We can safely say though that when people do manage to ask him a few questions, he really gives them their money’s worth as this fantastic interview by Freunde Von Freunden proves. The Templetons allow the interviewers right into their home, into their drawers and cupboards and up against their noticeboards for what is almost the perfect interview and photo-essay accompaniment. A must-see for any Templeton fan.

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    To be honest I’m not entirely sure how the procedure of non-creepy model-browsing is normally carried out. Is it like a menu that you order from? Do you scroll through hundreds of faces on an iPad? Pick a ball out of a lottery wheel? Whatever you do, this way of exhibiting all of an agency’s models in one go is fine by me. IMG are renowned for being proud owners of some of the best faces in the business, and to be quite honest it doesn’t take much adornment to the images of these ladies to make them stand out, but these mixed-media look-books? They’re lo-fi, friendly and fun – everything you need for picking the best model for the spring/summer shoots.

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    Forgive me if I am wrong, but when it comes to creatives I know few people who tend to refer to themselves by honorific (surely all that Mr and Mrs stuff is reserved for the high-rise offices crammed full of bankers right!?), so when talented illustrator “Mr A. Hayes” caught our eye, we couldn’t help but smile and find ourselves a bit endeared by his officialness.

  29. Sh-list

    Sometimes we come across people whose work we’ve been staring at for years and didn’t even realise. Sam Hofman has produced a huge amount of photographic work that we’re incredibly familiar with but up until the other day we didn’t know his name. You see the Gloucester-born photographer has been busy over the past few years making a name for himself photographing for the likes of Wallpaper, AnOther, Wired and FT Magazine alongside shoots for It’s Nice That favourites Kyle Bean and Owen Gildersleeve. Impressive stuff!

  30. Paraxtremelist

    If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the Paralympics it’s that the athletes are tough as nails. You’ve not seen fearless until you’ve watched a brutal game of wheelchair rugby and runners on blades bolt through a stadium at full tilt. It’s utterly incredible stuff. But now they’re all done and dusted how can we get our Paralympic fix outside of the official channels?

  31. Gbbgdlist

    John Lennon imagined a world without many things, but not a world without graphic designers. He had bigger fish to fry, but the truth is that it’s not that hard because the idea of a graphic designer is essentially a 20th Century development. Before that, design was part and parcel of the printing process – it was not even itemised on a printer’s bill. A magnificent new book by David Jury aims to bridge the gap between histories of printing which tend to overlook the so-called jobbing elements of the trade, and the histories of graphic design which tend to begin around the turn of the last century.

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    M&E is a Swedish studio that I’m going to claim is made up of two brilliant creative minds – Matthew Bolger’s and Emelie Lidström’s. They have a plethora of fantastic work, and most recently they finished this banger of a promo for Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullit Band’s latest single. This is where my claim falls down. Essentially the name of Snake and Jet’s album is called Stuff that Rotates, so the duo’s idea to film the band with a 1960s-eqsue camera rotation effect isn’t too mind-boogling. However, the level of execution and dedication to build a rig powered by an electric drill, constructed from bicycle and drum parts, wood and metal plates, which was strong enough to hold the weight of a hefty camera does need some appreciation. Groovy.

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    There’s a reason why people can’t resist doodling, whether it be drawing sunglasses on people in the newspaper or merely colouring in the inside of letters on a page until it’s more like a musical score than an important document – there’s just something pretty therapeutic about the whole business. Lucky, then, for Hattie Stewart – our favourite doodler – that the fashion and publishing world is completely enraptured by doodles at the moment and subsequently turning to her to provide them. One of her most recent commissions, ’"doodle-bombing" the covers of legendary Interview magazine is some of her best work yet, and a sign that there are a lot more exciting things to come. Doodle on Hattie, doodle on!

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    This selection was always going to be a weird one, but I simply was not prepared for the glorious selection of books that illustrator/artist Ian Stevenson has shared with us. These strange manuals and guides are less of a library, more a cynical-yet-affectionate glance at the oddities of human behaviour. I imagine there will be many readers who share a mutual love for this kind of book, maybe you could go to a car boot sale with Ian and find some more? Alternatively, visit his website and buy some Christmas presents for your equally cynical and hilarious friends.

  35. Things-list

    The sun is shining, the skies are blue, the weekend is here and guess what… so is this week’s beautiful array of things! Hurrah!! This week we’ve got a nice gathering of stuff oozing with so much beauty that you’ll be all giddy in the head just taking a look. With fashion taking centre stage in the form of both a magazine and a book showcasing the very best in street fashion plus two very different photography books AND a vinyl made from cardboard, we really are spoiling you.

  36. Weekender-list

    This weekend sees the official end of our Olympic summer here in London and we’re not going to lie, it’s been quality. London became an unrecognisable bastion of smiley, happy people and we all cavorted around the city in a newfound spirit of fraternity and respect. Will it last? Will it heck. But The Weekender is humbly putting itself forward to take up the baton (little athletics metaphor there) and become the focus of worldwide attention until Rio 2016. Not out of an inflated sense of self importance (perish the thought) but out of duty. Think about it world, yeah? Let’s delve…

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    It’s Friday, the sun’s out and the weekend is peeping round the corner like a flirty maiden at a country show. So what better way to celebrate than by watching the UK Cup Stacking Champion. It was recorded by our chums at The Future Laboratory as an example of so-called faction marketing (fact/fiction) which they think will be one of the emerging trends of the next few months. Let’s hope so, because any excuse to watch this kind of thing and call it work and we’re so on board!

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    Graphic Thought Facility has long been at the forefront of British graphic design. Founded in 1990 by RCA graduates and close friends Andy Stevens and Paul Neale, it fast became one of the most influential design studios in the country, on a par with contemporaries like The Designers Republic, Research Studios and Barnbrook.

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    I know it’s a bit of a cliche but oh my, haven’t this summer’s Olympic games brought a lot of good to London? Ridiculous amounts of regeneration, some beautiful creative collaborations and not least a huge heap of good old-fashioned patriotism. So what harm could there possibly be in letting you in on one more?

  40. Walker

    The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis has recently boldly gone where no one – particularly not those who deal primarily in contemporary art – have gone before, by putting on the world’s first Internet Cat Video Festival. It had to happen sooner or later, right? Crowds of over 6,000 people poured into the grounds of the renowned gallery to watch a festival championing the feline stars of the internet. Spanning categories such as comedy, drama, lifetime achievement, art house, and people’s choice (where the audience were allowed to vote) the videos were judged and the winners have been announced. Here’s a few of our favourites from their playlist of nominees which should keep you going for a while. See the all-round winner in Henri, Paw de Deux above.