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    The spring issue of Printed Pages was such a blast to produce we thought hey, you know what? Let’s ruddy well do it all over again. And so like that bit in The Lion King where the monkey holds up the newborn Simba for the animal kingdom to see for the first time, we dangle the summer issue of Printed Pages over a rocky outcrop for your delectation.

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    You may remember a couple of years ago that brilliant illustrator (brillustrator? Anyone?) Marion Deuchars tickled us every shade of pink with her Let’s Make Great Art book which revelled in the sheer ruddy fun of the creative process. That’s what sprung to mind on receiving a copy of the Conditional Design Workbook from the team at Studio Moniker. Designers Luna Maurer, Jonathan Puckey and Roel Wouters worked with artist Edo Paulus to produce this super-fun hands on guide to some of the ideas that underpin the Conditional Design manifesto.

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    With more fantastically designed invitations flying through our door than we knew what to do with recently, we decided to compile a list of our favourite degree show identities for you all to feast your eyes on. From websites chockablock with GIFs and video clips to beautifully-made catalogues, an invitation which literally jumped out of its envelope and several vacuum-packed collections of oddities (a rubber nipple, anyone?) if the invitations are anything to go by, this year’s degree shows promise a feast of fresh new creative talent for you all to get your chops around.

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    We’ve featured Thomas Cristiani & Antoine Roux on the site numerous times, partly because they seem to be the only artists on this planet that genuinely do have access to Bernard’s Watch. Amid making spectacularly contemporary visuals that fall like a feather between the world of art and graphic design, the powerful duo can be found getting down and dirty with some good, old fashioned graphic design. They’ve cottoned on to the fact that bright colours and nudity are what we want to see, and by throwing in their truly impressive, classical design and typographical knowledge into the mix, they’re almost indestructible. Have catalogues for art shows ever looked so mouth-wateringly good?

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    This has been blowing up on social media over the weekend and it’s not hard to see why. French photographer Léo Caillard has found a super-cheeky way of playing with our perceptions of past and present with his Hipster In Stone project. By depicting classical sculptures cloaked in the immediately recognisable garb of the flat-white-swilling, rolled-up-trouser-wearing archetypes, Leo has produced a series which is not only very funny, but leads us to question just how easily swayed we might be by someone’s outward appearance. Either that or ancient Rome was quite a lot like modern Dalston. You decide!

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    How’s your head this morning? Angela Palmer could tell you – and she’d do it in the form of a painstakingly etched glass image of your brain. Inspired by the process of visualising and mapping natural forms, Angela takes details from MRI and CT scans and engraves them onto sheets of glass, which she then layers one on top of the other to recreate the human form and images of the brain. The result of such a process is an eerily elusive sculpture; from the front the viewer sees a full depiction of the interior architecture of the head in all of its three-dimensional glory, but from the side and the top it becomes completely invisible. Talk about mind-blowing (sorry).

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    Almost two years ago exactly I saw Eve Lloyd Knight’s work at the Kingston illustration graduate show at Red Gallery in Shoreditch and was seriously impressed by her screen printed book, Pedestal. It featured joyful characters parading across strange giant landscapes and was printed with no small amount of skill. Then….nothing. Eve sort of disappeared into the ether and that was all I ever saw of her aside from a single spread in Nobrow 6 a few months later. So where did she go?

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    We’ve had to put in a bit of a cap on the amount of projects we feature that are essentially objects on coloured backgrounds, but we let this one slide because the objects are real bird’s nests sourced from the actual wild. Bianca Tuckwell just scooped a first class honours degree from UCA Farnham, perhaps due to the absolute winner of The Growth That Is Our Own Cradle alone. These uncomplicated photographs of things which we know exist but never really get to properly observe is a perfect example of a project that looks simple to create, but actually involves a hell of a lot of work. Favourite nest? Song Thrush, definitely. Cosy.

  9. Mmep-list

    We’ve talked before about the importance of graphic designers carefully documenting their work, but French graphic design studio Maquette Et Mis En Page have got it down to a fine art. The studio produce a large quantity of expertly designed printed volumes for predominantly fine art-based clients as well as exhibition way-finding systems and identities. Their work is excellent but their documentation is second-to-none, a talent that’s culminated in a luxurious website full of professionally-styled still-life shots that dare you to reach out and touch the books on your screen. Of course you can’t – which is distressing – but it’s enough of a cue to hunt down those tactile volumes for yourself and install them in your personal library to thumb at your leisure.

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    I’d imagine director Ivan Grbovic believes in doing things well, or just not at all. His latest video for Young Galaxy is a painstakingly created slow-mo CGI romp through the end of the world, set to the band’s dulcet tones. Now I’m as much of a fan of the tongue-in-cheek, lo-fi, low-budget music video as the next man, but when belters like this come along it reminds me how apt a full-on cinematic journey can be for the right piece of music. Hats tipped Ivan.

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    Hark my liege! Word reaches us from our scouts in the western valley that The Weekender and its forces advances apace. No sire, there’s no time to send for the heralds we must flee this very night! You know what they say about The Weekender! It takes no prisoners. Now have your squire pack only what you need, we ride for safer ground immediately!

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    “You left your donuts by my toilet” has to be one of the best lines from a YouTube parody, ever. After watching this rather high-budget spoof directed by Will & Grace producer Gail Lerner, Lena Dunham actually Tweeted “I’m afraid this might be better than our show” which is high praise indeed.

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    So. Here we all are then, the cusp of the weekend, the mind-expanding promise of two whole days of wonder and glory. But to make the most of it you should be properly prepared and what better way to begin the whole darn shebang than with some art and design chat courtesy of our podcast? No better way we tells you!

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    Catalogue are a Leeds-based design studio founded in 2010. Over three short years they’ve worked on some stunning projects for a variety of international clients, boutique London enterprises and even (less sexy perhaps) Leeds City Council. They’re also responsible for Library Paper, a biannual catalogue of impeccable graphic design and writing. Like many of their contemporaries they’ve also worked on a lot of bread-and-butter type branding projects, creating logotypes and business cards for all manner of enterprises. It’s these we’re focussing on this time, but rest assured we’ll be back to write about Catalogue again when the time is right.

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    I’ve always been intrigued by the London Underground’s rich history and so was very excited to be invited to a one-of-a-kind performance by the London Contemporary Orchestra at Aldwych, a station abandoned in the 1980s. 

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    A great show here from Brandon Graham, a highly acclaimed comic strip and graphic novel artist whose work acts as a well-illustrated bridge between day-to-day mundanity and life on far-off planets. This exhibition celebrates the launch of his new book, Walrus, which is “a punning, humorous and sexy universe of machines, logos, women, and bumbling men, all cast in an alternate sci-fi universe.”

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    There are many different ways of getting someone’s attention. Throwing a scrunched-up bit of paper at someone’s head usually works, or a wolf whistle often will suffice, but then there’s also a designing a really fantastic, neon poster covered in fish. Job done! That’s exactly how James Geoffrey Nunn attracted us to him, like moths to a flame. His Flying Fish poster made for a “fish performance at Loophole, Berlin” is a beautiful combination of illustration and contemporary graphic design, with a good glug of fun mixed in for good measure. The best part is the rest of his portfolio is equally as grin-inducing.

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    It’s not often you see a creative project that allows animals to speak up with a distinctly human voice (at least not outside of Disney’s Lady and the Tramp), but that’s exactly what Martin Usborne’s most recent series, Nice to Meet You, looks to do.

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    Do you like Vespas? Because if you don’t think that Piaggio’s greatest mechanical creation is a monument to Italian design just yet, we’re willing to bet that French creative agency Nomoon can change your mind with this craftily put-together little animation Vespalogy documenting the advancement of the classic scooter.

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    Exhibitions as brilliant as this don’t come along very often, and prove not just that function can be as necessary as form, but also that fascinating, contemporary objects placed in archaic interiors nearly always look spectacular. Dans le Jardin, dans le Ciel, dans la Cave by Alberto Biagetti is currently running at Galerie Italienne and is a collection of fascinating objects, each with their own individual stories to tell.

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    The 1980s eh? Has ever a decade been more ripe for nostalgia what with the music and the hair and that? Ok, in reality as someone born in the middle of the 1980s I don’t have many cultural reference points on this but a new show opening next month at the V&A museum is devoted to the fashions that defined that decade. And ahead of From Club To Catwalk, the V&A magazine commissioned iconic i-D founder Terry Jones to design the cover and he raided his publication’s archives to create a splendid pink and green dominated image with a cheeky nod to his own title too.

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    Jay Wright is an adventuring illustrator, a travelling image-maker who’s prepared to embrace the open road in search of the perfect creative environment. While studying he spent time in Austria and Germany on both artists’ residencies and on exchange programmes, but following graduation grounded himself in Bristol to slavishly pursue his freelance illustration dreams, gaingin work from a phenomenal number of editorial clients. But he’s recently upped-sticks and left for Berlin, trading the West Country for the old East in a move designed to give his career, and his bank balance, a kick up the backside.

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    If you had to name magazines at the vanguard of the independent publishing movement then it’s likely Huck and Little White Lies would feature highly on your list. Now Danny Miller, Rob Longworth, Paul Willoughby and Alex Capes are stepping away from designing these titles – but with quite the proposed parting gift.

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    Tincity started life as a short documentary about a micro-community living in former wine cellars on the hills of Avas in Miskolc, Hungary. Having finished the film, however, the team didn’t feel ready to leave their idiosyncratic subjects just yet, so they returned to take this series of photographs of houses, rooms and citizens from the area. We’re jolly glad they did.

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    California-based artist Max Kauffman has been earning himself a lot of attention of late, and a quick peek at the sheer plenitude of paintings in his portfolio might give you some inkling as to why. Taking influence from indigenous artwork and his childhood dreams, Max’s paintings encompass a sense of wild chaos and an almost folkloric approach to their subject matter. Big, sprawling houses and abstract landscapes feature heavily, while the attention to tiny detail, like pebbles, minute creatures and flowers maintains the overall sense of wonderment you experience gazing at his fantastical imaginings. Bravo.

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    If a great idea and clever name is all you need to achieve design brilliance then we imagine Peter Chadwick of Popular is basking in the warm glow of creative success right now. Assisted by Jonny Holmes and aided by the photographic skills of David Ryle, Popular have created a fully-functioning printing table that acts as a simple, elegant manual press.

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    Last night the great and good of the advertising and design industries assembled in London for the D&AD Awards, with all eyes on who would walk away with the coveted Black Pencils. McCann Erickson Melbourne was the big winner for their utterly charming Dumb Ways To Die metro safety animation which won five yellow pencils – art direction, earned media campaigns, digital advertising, TV and cinema advertising and writing for film as well as one of four Black Pencils.

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    Anyone who misspent their youth listening to punk and loitering around their hometowns trying to steal beers and sneak into gigs underage will be familiar with the work of Raymond Pettibon. If not then you’ve probably unwittingly worn one of his T-shirts promoting Sonic Youth, a band for which he’s produced an enormous amount of work. His album artwork for Goo has drifted into the same ubiquitous territory occupied by the logos of The Ramones and The Rolling Stones, co-opted by fashion brands to lazily stand for counterculture and teenage rebellion.

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    This week Maisie Skidmore wonders whether digital publishers should be pandering to the reduced attention spans of the iGeneration and shorten classic children’s books. As ever you can add your thoughts using the thread below.

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    They bitch about netball and they complain about the smell of nail polish but really, deep down, boys love girly activities. Arvida Byström has been commissioned by VICE to prove this point through the medium of photography and has done so with relish. Check out these trendy hunks playing on pink Gameboys, applying powder, and seductively munching on strawberries, taking to these activities like ducks to water. Cute!

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    As objects of design festishisation go, classic cars are particularly adept at getting pulses racing. For the summer issue of Port magazine out this week, creative director Kuchar Swara has teamed up with photographer Michael Bodiam to investigate our bordering-on-weird relationship with these beautiful vehicles. As the piece puts it: “The best cars enliven the senses with a hedonistic mix of adrenaline and desire…the way we think about the automobile is emotional as much as it is mechanical.”

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    With just 11 days to go until the It’s Nice That Graduates 2013 competition closes its doors, we’re continuing our look back at last year’s grads and seeing what they’ve been up to for the past 12 months. So without further ado, let’s find out what these little scamps have been filling their time with. Quite a bit, it turns out. Alex, Emma, Josh – take it away!

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    Design practice and religious practice don’t often go hand in hand, but thanks to Norwich’s Maddison Graphic The Methodist Church is starting to shake off some of its stuffier visual associations – think chintzy plates of scalloped biscuits passed round beige rooms by dowdily-dressed spinsters – moving into classier territory.

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    Have you walked past a newsstand to be greeted with an image that sets the hairs on the back of your neck on end? Chances are it was Toilet Paper Magazine, and the image was probably something a little like this. The erotic, spine-tingling magazine is the lovechild of infamous image-makers Maurizio Cattelan and Pierpaolo Ferrari, and is one of the most unique publications being created today.

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    The line between a liar and a raconteur can be a blurry one. Caught up in telling a story, many will reach out for exaggerations and embellishments in order to hold the attention and capture the imaginations of their listeners, and a new project from Mother co-founder Mark Waites explores this very human capacity for making things up.

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    Making a change from the drain-diving that we picked him up for last summer, this cheeky little masked man has now been spotted somersaulting, bolt-cutting, spray-painting, karate-kicking and mock surrendering across the wall of this windowless façade in Villarreal, Spain. Valencia-based street artist Escif’s latest mural, The Enlightened Vandalism, has the inky, uniformed figures we know and love up to all kinds of mischief. Don’t dismiss the illustrations though; charming though the little criminals are, Escif’s continuing Wall Terrorism project speaks volumes about the necessity of social commentary in the current political climate.

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    It seems like only days since we last posted an update on Tim Lahan – does this man ever pause to sleep? It seems unlikely, not when there are aeroplanes to draw, giant burgers to colour in and stifled giggles to muster from even the most straight-faced of onlookers. Our pick of the New York-based illustrator and graphic designer’s newest work includes hilariously tongue-in-cheek illustrations for David Chang’s travel tips in Lucky Peach’s travel issue, artwork for a new T-shirt from The National and a collection of (conveniently fluorescent) illustrations about pollution in German magazine Neon. We challenge you not to smile.

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    Not to be confused with Michelle Matson the high-flying investment specialist from Cincinatti who owns the .com version of her site, Michelle Matson is an artist specialising in bizarre paper-based sculpture. American readers may already know her from 2011 TV show Work of Art, but those of us on any other side of the pond probably aren’t familiar with her.

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    American cartoonist and illustrator Charles Burns first acquired a gaggle of avid comic book fans in the early 1980s with his drawings for avant-garde comic magazine RAW and his portfolio of stomach-churningly visceral ink illustration, not least the seminal graphic novel Black Hole. He’s had us screwing up our eyes in equal parts tense astonishment and discomfort ever since.

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    You don’t often get a graphic designer whose foot is firmly set in both the technical and the dream-like pool, but Pablo manages both. His career kickstarted with a commission to design a Nabokov book (no big deal or anything) and since then has totally flourished. Illustrative and not shy of a pencil, Pablo often accompanies each project with a short, hand-drawn animation to give you an idea of how the ideas came about, which is super-lovely. In between designing some very wonderful publications for people, he spends his spare time making personal, meaningful little projects such as his 1 Year Journal, a book made of images taken from the New York Yellow Pages.