Archive

  1. Gee-list

    He’s spoken at our events, drawn pictures for books we’ve produced, sent us sweet records he’s illustrated – and we follow him on the Instagram like a bunch of obsessive stalkers – but somehow, SOMEHOW, we’ve not dedicated a proper post to the master of laid-back-wave-riding and frenzied-cycling illustration that is Stevie Gee. Until now. Sorry Stevie.

  2. Smalltime-list

    We’ve talked before about the emergence of localised design; small studios producing work exclusively for friends, businesses in close proximity and trading services for goods, but really we’d only seen a couple of examples of it. With the emergence of Smalltime Projects it strikes us that this may well be a growing, and very exciting, phenomenon.

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    Stephen Teeuw is an accomplished fine art painter, adept in creating startlingly accurate portraits from thick strokes of oily sludge. He can do it all; people, animals, still life and probably a landscape or two. But (and this is childish of us) what we love the most about Stephen is the secret section of his website where he catalogues his most irreverent sketches, created in quiet times between paintings.

  4. Tunica-list

    Tunica, Brooklyn’s self-proclaimed “receptacle of international culture” is back for a second edition following a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign and a belter of a first issue. This time they’ve got Barcelona-based heavyweights Folch in the art direction driving seat, giving the publication a much more timeless feel and changing the pace of the interior. As ever the content is visually rich, covering some of the finest practitioners working today with content form the like of Ward Roberts, Micah Lidberg and Jordy Van Den Niewendijk. Long may Tunica’s rise continue.

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    UPDATE!! Thrilled to announce that Flo Nicoll an editor at Mills & Boon has been added to next week’s line-up. Flo will be looking at what makes good erotic writing and giving some hints and tips for would-be sexy scribes. Get your tickets now!

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    Every now and then fantasy sneaks out from under the radar and appears slap bang in the heart of popular culture (ahem, Game of Thrones), suddenly making it wholly acceptable to believe in mythical dragons living in caves, silver-haired maidens dwelling in turrets and evil medicine men who are out to get you. In the art world, I believe Tristram Lansdowne is the one fulfilling this obligation.

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    We’re more than happy to admit that we are enduring fans of Patternity and all that they conjure up – it’s an admiration we made manifest in a feature in the Summer 2013 issue of Printed Pages. So when we found out that they were collaborating with clothing brand Chinti and Parker on a knitwear collection inspired by images of buildings and interlacing architectural structures, we were right up there on the bandwagon.

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    You really don’t get many corners of the internet more candid and pure than that occupied by HTML Flowers. On his 56-page Tumblr he allows you deep, deep into his world through meticulous and unique drawings, photographs of his daily life and his outpourings of no-holds-barred writing.

  9. Pixel-list

    All us young, hip twenty-somethings who predominantly “work” on the internet are well-versed in the confused questions our grandparents like to fire at us whenever we meet. “Explain to me again what it is that you do?” they’ll ask. “And that makes money how?” “But what happens if the internet stops working? And this is all done on computers is it?” Pipe down grandma and take a lesson from Hal Lasko, a 97-year-old grandfather who’s been creating pixellated masterworks on MS Paint for going on 15 years now.

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    It’s only when Londoners see photographs like these that they cease to see the London Underground system as something other than sweaty tunnels beneath a dirty city, and look upon it with a kind of warm affection. Photographer Bob Mazzer spent a lot of his time in the 1970s and 1980s just hanging about on the Tube capturing London dwellers quietly travelling around the capital. I say quietly, a lot of these people are rowdy punks, chain smokers (yes, you could smoke on the Tube in the olden days!) and people holding impromptu wrestling matches. Not like these days. Everything’s boring these days.

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    British arts organisation IOU has long prided itself on its innovative, ambitious and eclectic approach, so when it came to refreshing its visual identity, the body needed something that reflected this outlook. Step forward Studio Contents, who created stationery, a website and a great set of behind-the-scenes photographs (with Percy Dean) with the group’s initials jumping around in unexpected formations.

  12. Jt-list

    It must be an incredibly satisfying endorsement of your talents when a publication with the heavyweight clout of The New York Times decides to use your illustration in a completely new and challenging fashion. Jillian Tamaki’s already a big hitter in the US illustration world, but even so the paper’s recent decision to paste her imagery wide across the centre of a double-page, broadsheet spread is testament to the power of her illustrative skills and ability to communicate swiftly and wordlessly.

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    There’s something unassuming about illustration for children’s books that makes the work 100 times more appealing. Or at least that’s definitely true of Violeta Lopiz, whose stunning illustrations for Elise Fontenaille’s Les Poings sur les Iles are enchanting on their own merit, let alone when you match them with a story about a young boy playing amont the flowers and birds in his ever-present grandfather’s garden. Violeta’s rich, painterly style, and the semi-transparency of different layers (appearing almost to move over one another) gives the book a magical resonance in which the huge hands of the grandfather play the part of a caring overseer. Capturing the juxtaposition of naive, awestruck childhood and the watchful but invisible elderly man perfectly, the images become entirely non-specific in their appeal.

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    After nearly 100% of female viewers became angry in one way or another after watching Robin Thicke’s video for Blurred Lines (despite it being directed by a woman) there’s now reams of fantastic parody videos to ridicule it even more than it has been already.. Good old internet. Powerful burlesque group Mod Carousel from Seattle have created their own version of the video in which the tables are satisfyingly turned, leaving the men as gormless, naked playthings under the control of the women.

  15. Pl-list

    Tommy Perman is an artist, illustrator and graphic designer based in Edinburgh who turned his talents to documenting a very noticeable but little talked-about part of the city’s underground culture. Paradise Lost depicts the city’s sauna shop fronts, the facades behind which Edinburgh’s brothels operate, not just for their aesthetic idiosyncrasies but also because recent moves to crack down on these establishments may soon make them a thing of the past.

  16. Opinion-list

    This week editor Rob Alderson tackles a long-nursed grievance relating to how the design process plays out on the hit TV show The Apprentice. As ever you can add your thoughts to the discussion using the thread below…

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    Hactivism, 3D printing, the idea of a new industrial revolution – all of this will be familiar to anyone with an interest in design and technology (and particularly to anyone who’s been to a design conference in the past couple of years). But a new show at London’s Design Museum, The Future Is Here, takes these terms and ideas – thrown about often quite loosely – and makes a real effort to explain and engage with them in a remarkably practical, interesting and effective way.

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    The Palais de Tokyo are labelling it anthropomorphic architecture and I’m finding it takes me straight back to the first time I watched Jumanji, except with more economic significance and jaw-dropping awe than Robin Williams ever provided the first time round. Either way, Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira’s new installation Baitogogo, as art of the Palais de Tokyo’s New Waves exhibition, has been kicking up quite a fuss.

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    Did it ever occur to you that featuring the horny little creatures from the Maoam wrappers in your artwork would be 100% a good idea? No, exactly. That’s what sets Jiro Bevis apart from a lot of other illustrators, his attitude is that the more horny confectionary cartoons in his collages the better. Jiro’s not scared of drawing a naked witch performing some sort of gruesome ritual in front of a pentagram, he’s not scared to have an affectionate laugh at embarrassing prog rock fans, and he’s not even afraid to categorise his entire portfolio into two overlapping folders entitled “Fun” and “Work.” That’s why everyone loves Jiro, and that’s probably why he’s so ridiculously successful.

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    If there’s anything Mad Men has taught us, it’s that boardrooms are strange, dark places in which testosterone-flinging, paper rustling, finger-drumming displays of frustration and passive aggression can play out undisturbed by manners or general morality. A whole bunch of other stuff happens too, of course, in these spaces designed for the use of those who make the world go round, creating a weird cocktail of practicality, manipulation, ambition and desperation which seems to echo around boardroom tables long after they have emptied.

  21. Daniel-list

    German Graphic designer Daniel Weberruß is part of a small contingent of extremely talented practitioners from Mainz. Together with Marcel Häusler and Alexander Lis, he runs the always-engaging Daily Input in which the three men document new trends in visual communication with effortless simplicity. Unsurprisingly, Daniel’s work is very much at the forefront of these trends – you’ll find plenty of considered gradients and experimental type floating around in his portfolio – but his solid foundation in the fundamentals of good design means he never strays too far into trendy territory, always maintaining structure and communications over simple aesthetic tricks.

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    If I were looking for an illustrator to adequately sum up the overwhelming heat sitting heavily on London’s weary, slumped shoulders at the moment then Monica Ramos would definitely be the one to do it. The Brooklyn-based illustrator’s series A Hot Summer is dedicated to a bunch of tiny watercolour characters doing exactly the kinds of things that I want to be doing; soaking in a pool closely packed with several hundred other people, seeking shade under giant overhanging lily-pads, frying eggs on the baking hot pavement and sadly trying to salvage the last of a rapidly melting, freshly dropped ice-lolly.

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    With the socio-cultural rise of China and India over recent years, we are constantly being told that sooner our later the gap between east and west will need to be bridged. A new project by entrepreneur ShaoLan Hsueh and illustrator Noma Bar is setting out to do just that by helping non-Mandarin speakers pick up some of the language’s basic building blocks. ShaoLan and Noma developed a set of easily recognisable illustrated symbols which both individually and in conjunction with each other help learners create a set of words and phrases.

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    It seems somewhat rich of me to sit here at a computer tapping away at a keyboard writing an article about how handwriting is a lost art. But, I am, and it is, and the current Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art exhibition on the handwriting of influential artists warrants no less of a wildly hypocritical gesture.

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    The word “gold” springs to mind when watching this little gem from filmmaker Duncan Cowles. As he works in his bedroom, age 21, with a cup of tea, probably early afternoon, his Mother repeatedly disturbs him with a perpetual one-way discussion about a lamp. She has no idea she’s being filmed, and actually at the time, neither did Duncan.

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    You don’t often get a personal look into the brains behind a famous online publication, but this is your lucky day. First a royal baby, and now this! Cool Hunting is a blog that’s pretty dominant in the art and design world. They seem to cover pretty much everything that’s cool, be it bikes, shops, design, illustration, art, films, food, booze…I could go on. So what better people to ask to recommend us some ultra-cool books than the people that make the website happen?! Picking one publication each (well, in Evan’s case, two) to tell you about, here are the Kings of Recommendation, The Content Excavators, the Cool Hunting staff…

  27. Yonder-list

    Emiliano Granado has already proven himself to be a master when it comes to documenting the great American outdoors. The Brooklyn-based photographer spends an enviable amount of time shooting for premium sportswear brands like Rapha and Outlier and publications that deal with adventure and exploration. He can take a great shot of pretty much anything, but it’s always clear that his passions lie within the big, wide world.

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    Here’s a good one for anyone who’s a fan of typography, memes, Photoshop, pranks, or augmented reality. And that’s all of you nerds, right? Not to worry, we’re super into it too. There’s nothing we enjoy more than well-known imagery being toyed around with using modern software. Also, there is something rather magical about the Content Aware tool on Photoshop, right? Like, it’s almost too clever. The fact that Content Aware is designed to make things neater makes this whole Tumblr of messed-up images a little bit naughty, kind of the same feeling you get when you drink wine out of a mug. In some cases I think it’s an improvement. Submit your own while the craze lasts.

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    LOOK at the baby in the photo below this text. Okay, now that’s done let’s talk about how unbelievably brilliant photographer Maciek Pozoga is. Someone like him, someone who can capture the cool magic in the world, of course spends his time taking photos for some of the coolest publications and brands on the planet. be it The New York Times, Oyster, or even KENZO, everyone wants a little bit of this guy. Even I want a little bit of this guy. I want him to photograph my wedding, I want him to be the photographer in residence of my brain so he can take control of my inner eyelids and curate the content during night time hours.

  30. Leger-list

    There’s few illustrators around whose output improves with such steady consistency as Patrick Leger’s. The illustrator from North Carolina has long since perfected his own style of imagery that borrows from a golden age of illustration; of half-tone colour separations, swift but precisely-inked lines and chiseled jaws meeting furrowed brows. In spite of this he has no desire to rest on his laurels, instead striving for improvement and development in his use of colour, his development of character, the pacing of his narratives and the composition of his images. This combination of innate skill and seemingly endless perfectionism makes him (in my eyes at least) one of the finest illustrators out there today.

  31. Musson-list

    When he’s not producing exceptional documentary photography and portraits, Brooklyn-based photographer Andrew Musson likes to test his skills with smaller, one-off experiments that move his practice in a very different direction indeed. Recently the object of his affections has been plain sheets of white paper digitally engineered into crisp still lives. The series of five photos are all based on a single photograph that Andrew has cut and pasted into a unique series of compositions, playing with tonal contrast and the inclusion of soft shadowing. It’s an affectionate homage to the creative potential of a blank canvas.

  32. Muellner-list

    We’ve introduced you to the work of Designbolaget before – one of Copenhagen’s finest creative agencies – but now it’s time to meet one of their former senior designers; a man whose long-term life plans lie outside of Denmark. Lukas Muellner has been a full-time designer for the last seven years, training in his native Austria and spending some time on exchange at London College of Communication. Since then he’s been in Scandinavia but has recently upped sticks and relocated to London to pursue his hopes and dreams.

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    It’s hot, it’s summer, University is over and you’re spending your time wandering dazed between the wildest festivals that the country has to offer. As part of the It’s Nice That Graduates 2013 (supported again by Represent Recruitment) we have teamed up with The Mill Co. Project to offer all the recent art and design graduates in the country the chance to win a very, very exciting prize.

  34. Bajero-list

    Barriobajero are Silvia Bianchi & Ricardo Juárez, two creatives working at the forefront of experimental creativity across a whole host of disciplines. The Stockholm studio art direct, design, style and curate, producing work that’s predominantly defined by web culture; from the proliferation of streams of disparate imagery to the rise of digital textures. In fact they’ve compiled a tasty riso-printed book that explores these textures in physical form, taking strange metallic waves and CGI marble and solidifying them in good old-fashioned ink.

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    Remember the shoebox full of copies of Playboy from the 1960’s that you’d been carefully stockpiling for the soft porn library you’d always dreamt of owning, but didn’t have room for in the van? Or the childhood toy that you loved but which came second favourite and thus got left gazing forlornly out as you drove off in the passenger seat of your mum’s car?

  36. Piskor-list

    Pennsylvanian cartoonist and illustrator Ed Piskor is living every child-cartoonist’s lifelong dream, creating incredible images for the best folks in town. In 2005 he followed in the illustrious (if slightly weird-fitting) shoes of Robert Crumb, drawing for Harvey Pekar’s seminal American Splendor series; since producing two more graphic novels with Harvey as well as a slew of his own titles. He’s perhaps best known for Wizzywig series; a collection of comics dedicated to the history of computer hacking.

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    Oh boy here we go, some new work from self-proclaimed artist/illustrator Patrick Kyle. But to be honest, Patrick’s much more than that. Besides making extraordinary drawings that look like reportage illustration from a psychedelic, elfin community, Patrick is also the founder of unconventional comics promoters Wowee Zonk, and small publishing house Mother Books. The fact that he’s a dab hand at animation and a source of inspiration to hundreds of unconventional comic and zine makers worldwide is just a bonus. What a hero!

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    I probably wouldn’t happily scroll down on this one if you cried at any of the following films: Homeward Bound, Amore, The Notebook or even Stepmom (“No one loves you like I do”) because this photography series is tear jerk CENTRAL. So photographer Miyoko Ihara decided to start photographing her Grandma and the curiously strong bond she has with a white, stray cat she found in her shed years ago. The cat’s got eyes like Bowie and fur like a Luckdragon’s underbelly, and the old woman’s got eyes that tell a billion tales of hardship and love. Together they form a duo that are rarely seen apart and, as Misao is of a very silent nature, have the ability to communicate through the beautiful act of silence. Buy the book for your emotionally susceptible loved-ones here

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    Spring Break was in May yeah, yeah, yeah we know, but gay marriage was only legal in the US in the last month or so. So what better way to celebrate this than with The Lonely Island (of I’m on a boat fame) and their stonker of a political sketch entitled Spring Break Anthem. The Lonely Island lay down a pretty good argument for gay marriage by comparing it to the government-approved annual beers-on-tits-parade that is spring break.

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    “Oh that’s just a photo I took of a satellite in a room” Oh, right, sure, thanks Olga. What’s that? “Oh that? That’s just an incredible picture I took of a horse yawning.” And so on. I know we often tend to gush on It’s Nice That, but this photography is seriously worth gushing about. Swiss and Italian Olga has spent the past few years carving out a name for herself in the well-heeled world of art photography, her knack of taking a word and forming a mood-board like project of exquisite photographs around it is second to none. Not only is every single shot something that you can, nay will, want to stare at for the rest of your life, but the way she has exhibited them in a rare, Tumblr-like format on gallery walls is sensational, and fits her diverse style down to the ground.