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    Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to Riga to speak at the Latvian Art Directors’ Club and was inundated with the people I met telling me about their favourite Latvian creatives. One such name that cropped up was Peteris Lidaka, an artist who’s website I find really compelling. There’s a lot of different projects in his portfolio, ranging from drawings and photographs to paintings, collage and animation, but it was these intriguing models which really caught my eye and captured my imagination. Part of Peteris’ Imaginary Planes series, which itself has several interesting manifestations, they are in turns strange and beautiful and fun and silly, sometimes presented against futuristic backgrounds. Great stuff!

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    There is something so brilliant about seeing a really simple idea executed to perfection, and Swiss trio Dimitri Bähler, Linn Kandel and Ismaël Studer have done exactly that with Fanion. The Swiss designers, who work together as BKS, have created a series of rugs which use simple asymmetry to make them look like three dimensional creating a fun optical illusion. Named after the French word for “fringe,” the quality of the craftsmanship is nicely high too, making the pieces more interesting than mere visual one-liners.

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    There are only a handful of famous people who make a conscious effort to stay as far out of the limelight as possible, and singer Bill Callahan is one of them. His small yet devout group of fans, myself included, will rate this publication to be one of the most exciting this year, as it exposes what really goes on in baritone-wonder Bill Callahan’s home. The result is, unsurprisingly, nothing too odd, and satisfyingly non intrusive or judgmental. We are given juicy glimpses of his piano (that’s his piano!) a peek inside his wardrobe (that’s the shirt he wore in the photo Joanna Newsom took of him!) and an unbelievable shot of a school photo taken when Bill was about seven.

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    It’s been ages since I stumbled across my new favourite illustrator and, if I’m honest I’ve been holding off on posting his work for a while because I really wanted to hang onto him myself. But I’m over that now and I’d like to introduce you to Niv Bavarsky, San Franciscan illustrator extraordinaire, whose gift for creating beautifully drawn, exhaustingly busy images knows no bounds.

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    Jack White’s Tennessee-based record label Third Man Records have released their fair share of exotic formats; from glow-in-the-dark 45s to 13" ‘Texas’ size LPs, so it’s unsurprising to see them pushing the bar again. This time, Jack’s cheekily sandwiched a 7" inside a 12" to conceal a secret track that can only be found by cracking open the original vinyl. Whether you’re a fan of the man’s music or not, I think we can all learn from experimentation of tangible formats to keep them as extra special as we’ve always known they were.

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    Remember Meg and Mog from your childhood? Okay wipe them from your minds and meet the new Megg and Mogg, recreated by Simon Hanselmann whose art has made us laugh more than…well, anyone. Ever. Simon’s ever-changing style but consistent weirdness is exactly the reason we wanted to snoop around in his bookshelf. The fact that he chose to draw his bookshelves rather than photograph them is nothing short of heroic. Without further ado, here he is.

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    This week Things brings: a wonderful fanzine about professional wrestling, an impressive newspaper from students in Sweden, a zine full of great photographs to keep you young, a book full of great photographs to make you look again and a showcase of brilliant illustrators to look out for.

  8. Weekender-list

    It’s a tough old world we live in right? Every day it seems we’re teetering on the brink of destruction from forces both internal and external. The government doesn’t seem to give two hoots about our wellbeing, our mums won’t return our calls, and how about that asteroid that almost destroyed Russia? All this crap is starting to make us feel a little bit paranoid. But that’s not even the half of it, what about those guys on Youtube that dislike the World of Warcraft video tutorials we uploaded, and don’t even get us started on the Twitter backlash we have to deal with when we’re not quite as funny as we’d like to think. Still thank the lord we’ve got The Weekender to ease away the stresses and strains of modern living and let us know that everything’s going to be alright…

  9. Sa-list

    You know what time it is, we know what time it is. Actually, some of you probably don’t know what time it is so allow us to illuminate you; it’s podcast time, people! And that means 20 glorious minutes of the finest art and design chat available to your human ears, plus a lot of laughing about nothing and the occasional mad rant. What else out there can help you procrastinate and educate you at the same time?

  10. Jamie-jones-list

    Jamie Jones sent us a lovely risograph print of a man so engrossed in his phone he steps off a roof. Won over, we searched his site to discover more but found it surprisingly taciturn. We were, however, met with some excellent illustration: flat, hand-drawn shapes confidently coloured and then softened a little with textures. Clever but simple, they’re bold in the best way.

  11. Olle-list

    When I stumbled across Olle Forsslöf’s print Blue Forest I couldn’t let it go. Turns out this picture of a tiny figure dwarfed by giant trees covered in diamond bark is part of a short series that includes a breakdown of the (Final Fantasy?) traveller’s garb, a red portal and a yellow pyramid. I asked Stokholm-based Olle about it and his reply was so lovely it deserves quoting in full:

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    For the third week of our search for what makes the ideal studio with Represent Recruitment, we changed gear a bit and threw it open to some designers rather than people who run studios. We approached some freelancers to pick their brains about the various studios they had worked in, and we spoke to a couple of young designers to get a fresh perspective as well. You can add your thoughts as well using the discussion thread below…

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    Okay so we misled you with the funny parrot — some of these photos are much, much more sinister than you’d expect. Jo Ann Callis’ photos have the eerie, long-corridor feeling of a David Lynch film, combined with the kind of vibrancy you’d expect to see in old American holiday catalogues. One minute you’re checking out a goldfish in a water glass, the next you’re watching a plate go up in flames by some of the most terrifying salt and pepper shakers you’ll have seen in a while. All of these are just totally valid reasons why we love the work of photographer Jo Ann Callis.

  14. Braulio-list

    When you move to New York to pursue a career in design, it’s a foregone conclusion that you’re going to have to reside in Brooklyn. That’s where all the creativity happens. And so it was for Portuguese graphic designer and illustrator Braulio Amado, who’s been based in Brooklyn and working for the likes of Pentagram for the last couple of years.

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    Nobody fills a gallery like Berlin artist Katharina Grosse and her latest show at the De Pont Museum of Contemporary Art, Tilburg is no exception to that rule. As ever Katharina has tasked herself with turning the stark environment of a modern gallery into a celebration of colour, form and scale. The central installation on display features giant orbs of multi-coloured PVC arranged into a complex labyrinth, inviting visitors to tread a carefully constructed path through the physical space.

  16. Borsche-list

    If you read Issue 8 of our magazine last year you’ll know that we’re pretty damn keen on the output of Bureau Mirko Borsche. It’s not just the work they produce, although that is undoubtedly excellent, but also the ethos of the studio is one of creative experimentation and artistic freedom. Under the guidance of studio director and namesake Mirko Borsche, a group of designers, illustrators, photographers and art directors produce some of the most exciting creative work out there for clients as diverse as Die Zeit, Intel, Bayerische Staatsoper and queer lifestyle mag extraordinaire, Horst.

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    There’s a new Kurt Vile album coming out soon, hooray! (If you haven’t heard the previous albums, go away and listen) And as if that wasn’t a big enough deal, Steve Powers has painted a mural for the album artwork. And, you know, as if that wasn’t enough, the footage of him painting it has been set to a nine-minute teaser track off the new record. Then they decided to make a documentary about the whole process! Whose idea was this? We don’t know. But the footage of Steve at work, mixed with Kurt’s happy face in the evening light is enough to keep us happy for a while. Watch the music video above and the short documentary below.

  18. Seetal-list

    When your client list includes Topshop, New Look, Zara and All Saints, Alexander McQueen, Hussein Chalayan, Missoni and Chloé, you can probably safely assume that you’re well-respected in the fashion industry. When these guys are lining up at your door you know you’ve made it big. Which must be a massive relief for Seetal Solanki, a graduate of Central St Martin’s, who’s spent the last ten years honing her skills as a textile printer, freelancing in a number of well-respected studios and creating collections for numerous high-street retailers. And what skills they are! Seetal has an exceptional talent when it comes to hand-printing fabrics, creating richly detailed patterns that are immensely complex in their construction. If you’ve not seen her work in the flesh before, mark our words, you’ll be inundated with it in 2013.

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    There’s a famous Jesuit maxim which says: “Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man” which is all well and good, but I would suggest that it’s our student days that really shape us. With that in mind, this ace new book from Frank Philippin and Billy Kiosoglou of Brighten The Corners is a real eye-opener as it interviews 50 practising designers about their current work and their art school days. With the likes of Margaret Calvert, Ken Garland, Stefan Sagmester and Andy Stevens of Graphic Thought Facility all taking part, alongside younger talents like Daniel Eatock, Jan Wilker and Kirsty Carter of A Practice for Everyday Life, there is a real cross-section of the creative community to compare.

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    Jonas Unger’s images, to me, are the photographic equivalent of an unexpected cheeseboard. You weren’t prepared for such a rare and wonderful treat, and the contents are more delicious and well crafted than you could ever imagine. From a perspiring Gérard Depardieu rattling through the french countryside on a moped, to a girl acting out the story of Apollo and Daphne with an unassuming statue, these images almost deserve entire soundtracks to themselves. No, scrap that, each image deserves its own film. Enough rambling, just enjoy the photographs below.

  21. Bastien-list

    At first glance Jeremy Bastien’s drawings wouldn’t look out of place on a 19th Century copperplate. But this American cartoonist’s incredibly detailed, ornate inky comics and illustrations are drawn to scale using a tiny brush. Heavily influenced by Victorian children’s book illustration, his Kickstarter-sponsored graphic novel Cursed Pirate Girl, published a couple of years ago, was billed as a nautical Alice in Wonderland for our times. These recent comic convention sketches drawn on faded paper are pretty fine for off the cuff stuff. Catch him at London Super Comic Convention this weekend and you might be able to wangle your own.

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    It’s part of our jobs to look at pieces of art and shoehorn it into a category such as photography, art, illustration…you get the idea. The thing is with Yang Yongliang’s futuristic portraits of fictitious landscapes is that they’re labelled photography but are they? He says so. By digitally assembling a large amount of collected photographs of cities at night, Yang has actually created pretty mind-blowing images reminiscent of a futuristic world where all the cities and mountains on earth combine to make an enormous, buzzing, meta-city.

  23. Bedow-list

    Stockhom design studio Bedow don’t have to do much to impress us these days, they’ve long since proved their skill with exceptional branding and packaging projects for some of Sweden’s most exciting industries. Their heat-sensitive beer bottles for Mikkeler were arguably one of our favourite pieces of packaging last year, and they’re still going strong in 2013 with their latest work for iNature Skincare. Simple watercolour marks differentiate between each product in a range otherwise defined by crisp typographic renderings of Atlas Grotesk. It’s a simple piece of branding for a simple, product. And where skincare’s concerned, simple always seems to be the goal.

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    Like Ed Norton in Fight Club (1999 spoiler alert!) The Valerie Mallory Gallery has two distinct personas. According to its website, it was founded in New York in 1978 by Valerie herself, “critic, mother and muse to many.” Closed after her deportation, it has been rekindled by son Viktor, or so they’d have us believe. Alternatively it’s the brainchild of Danny Sangra, who was keen to create a new kind of space in which to showcase the work of artists he admired. To mark the opening of the VMG show in Tokyo, Danny has put together some awesome illustrated interviews with those taking part. But we thought it was wise to speak to the man himself too for a bit of a lowdown…

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    I like it when art can transport you to another time or place, particularly if it takes you somewhere you haven’t even been in real life. Bryan’s collages take me to my bedroom, but I’m a 15-year-old boy living in suburban America and I’ve just smoked weed for the first time and I’m listening to Jefferson Airplane on my bed like the guy at the end of Dazed and Confused. Elegant, dream-like and totally hand-made, this is proof that you don’t need a whole bunch of technical equipment and a studio to make great art, just some old magazines, scissors and glue.

  26. Albertson-list

    Boston native Nick Albertson is currently studying for his MFA in Photography at Columbia College, Chicago before he unleashes himself on the world in the spring of this year. Nick creates beautiful textural images from patterned, overlaid household objects, transforming them from bland, everyday articles into something truly special. He may still be studying but we think this guy’s got a bright future ahead of him. Who else make rubber bands look this good?

  27. Velckro-list

    Madrid-based graphic designer, art director and illustrator Velckro makes seriously surreal vector imagery for big-name brands like Red Bull, Heineken, Nike and Microsoft. Given such regular commissioning from industry giants it’s perhaps surprising that Velckro’s imagery is as strange as it is – kind of a cross between M.C. Escher and Milton Glaser but with a modern twist – but if the guys with deep pockets are prepared to support this kind of work then that’s definitely okay by us.

  28. Keith-list

    Oh hi there Keith Schofield. It’s been a while since you entertained us with the products of your twisted mind. What’s that, you’ve got a new video for Darwin Deez that takes a load of bizarre stock footage and turns it into a tragic tale of missed romantic opportunity ending in the timely death of the protagonist on a sun-drenched beach? Yeah sure we’d love to watch it. It’s bit weird though isn’t it Keith, much like that Duck Sauce video you did last time with the singing crotch-faces. Actually to be honest Keith, all of your videos make us feel a bit weird. But we do bloody love them.

  29. Pbf-comics-list

    Nicolas Gurewitch’s comic strip The Perry Bible Fellowship began in 2001 and, true to its name, rapidly inspired a devoted following. Then it stopped. But now, in trickles, it resurfaces and 2013 has brought some brilliant additions.

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    Great design? Check. Sustainable use of recycled materials? Check. Project for a brilliant cause? Check – full house hombres! Dutch designers Pim van Baarsen and Luc van Hoeckel have just completed a playground for the Beit Cure hospital in Malawi which centres around an old ambulance. There’s also car tyres, springs and axles incorporated into the equipment which is all very worthy but first and foremost it looks fun and colourful and inviting for kids and big kids alike. Produced in association with the Sakaramenta organisation, the playground has taken over the site of an old car park and is sure to warm your heart as well as impress your head. Good work fellas!

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    London studio Present Perfect don’t just create stylish and interesting designs, they are also masters at presenting their work in really eye-catching ways. Their latest commission was to create a new visual identity for men’s fashion magazine Varón and to oversee creative direction for the forthcoming issues.

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    Are those fluoro high-rise blocks real? I’ve never been to Hong Kong, but I would never in a million years imagine it to be the way it is portrayed in Michael Wolf’s jaw-dropping photographs of a very, very crowded city. German-born Michael’s project Architecture of Density is a slightly harrowing look at the structure of living in Hong Kong, innocently making it appear like something out of a sci fi film.

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    We’ve long been aware of Kai and Sunny’s propensity for producing mesmerising prints but we were excited to see their first ever mural installed just a few days ago. Based on the duo’s Migration East print, it’s taken over a wall in a reception area of London’s St Katharine Docks. Measuring 20ft by 26ft, the birds swoop around a doorway adding a real sense of vibrancy into an otherwise placid locale. Let’s hope this is the first of many mural commissions for Kai and Sunny!

  34. Seripop-list

    Canadian creative duo Seripop have been collaborating for over a decade now, producing bold, brash artwork in a variety of media. Having spent over eight years designing gig posters for the great and the good of Montreal’s expansive music scene (they’re responsible for MSTRKRFT’s debut album The Looks) they’ve recently diversified their output into fine art installations, filling gallery spaces with elaborate monuments that are bursting with colour. Though the medium has changed, the aesthetic remains and entering their giant painted paper works is very much like being enveloped in swathes of crumpled pop posters.

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    Want to see how to promote a design event? Right this way then because for the second year running Alexander Lis and HORT’s Eike König have done the business with their collateral for the After School Club festival. The event – which runs during the lecture-freee downtime at the HfG University of Art and Design Offenbach (March 18 until 23) – takes over the university with workshops, lectures, concerts and exhibitions. This year big names signed-up include Kate Moross, Anthony Burrill and Antoine et Manuel but as befitting such an exciting design-centric celebration, it was crying out for some really great promotional tools. And after last year’s success, this year’s posters and brilliant animation prove the organisers’ skills are second-to-none.

  36. Ryan-list

    Many studios produce little newspapers to show off projects they’re proud of. But Rob Ryan’s S.P.Q.R., Senatus Populusque Ryantown, Winter 2013 edition is different. One would expect something decorative from Rob Ryan’s hand, and there’s some lovely work in here, but it’s the way S.P.Q.R. reads like an intimate guided tour that’s so refreshing.

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    The act of voyeurism has been making people’s hair stand on end since the dawn of time. Have you ever watched someone, unaware of your presence, through a window? Have you ever been on the top deck of a bus and pulled up next to another bus only to be side to side with a stranger? Getting a semi-intimate, snaffled peep into a stranger’s life is simultaneously thrilling and eerie — perhaps this is why John Schabel’s voyeuristic photographs of aeroplane passengers strike such a chord with us.

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    Since we featured his work back in September, prodigious graphic design talent Daniel Peter has been keeping himself phenomenally busy. As well as a residency in Chicago as part of creative collective Detektiv Bureau, he’s been maintaining his personal freelance practice with a variety of printed commissions; from posters for theatre companies to study guides for Swiss design institutions. Needless to say the work is as good as it gets as we’ve come to expect from this talented bunch of Lucerne creatives.

  39. 140-list

    As a kid I spent more than my fair share of time moving pixels around on a screen about half the size of an iPhone. I could kill hours in this fashion, endlessly tapping away at buttons that only made the most incremental differences to the images that appeared in front of me. Back then it never crossed my mind that platform gaming wasn’t the height of interactive excitement and that one day games like Grand Theft Auto would completely blow my mind.

  40. Opinion-list

    This week Andrew Campbell, course leader graphics at Norwich University of the Arts, makes the case for what university design courses could and should be pushing. As ever you can join the debate below…