While it would be an exaggeration to claim that we were buried under a barrage of books, magazines, posters, prints, and various other cool stuff this week, it wouldn’t be a huge one – it came up to about knee height. We succeeded in whittling it down to five Things though, including among them a sunny photographic project, an arts and queer culture magazine called Muff, a story illustrated with etchings, some T-shirts designed by Jiro Bevis and a super nice paper.
Pedro Ramos: Ilha
If, like us, you’re based in London, and the past two weeks of weird-but-welcome sunshine have left you gagging for more of the same, this lovely book, Ilha by photographer Pedro Ramos will probably make your cravings worse. He documents the kind of sun-drenched holiday adventures that are but a dream come mid-winter, and does so in such a way that we can’t help but close our eyes and imagine that we too are atop a cliff and about to jump into the warm Pacific. Gorgeous stuff.
Muff magazine: Issue #2
We featured the first issue of Muff magazine back in October with this unforgettable photo-shoot in which sex-toys masquerade as everything but, and the second issue is a fantastic tribute to the publication’s growth over the past six months. Its features include a gorgeous collection of vintage photographs documenting romantic moments between gay and straight couples as far back as 1900, a series about people from all over the world who have moved to Berlin to start over, the letters exchanged between Virginia Woolf and her lover Vita Sackville-West, and one tender project about the crushes that never materialised into anything more, which is accompanied by excerpts from the photographer’s diary. Beautiful stuff!
Céline Hudréaux and Geert Ooms: It’s Not an Ocean
It’s not often that you stumble across publications as concise and as powerful as It’s Not an Ocean, an understated and yet brilliantly charming offering by Céline Hudréaux and Geert Ooms, who created the etchings and the text respectively. The book documents one Wall Street banker’s change of profession in a way we’ve never seen before. Published by Bries and gorgeously illustrated, it’s not to be missed. Especially by fans of fishing.
Jiro Bevis: T-shirt designs for Barden’s
We’re not ashamed to admit that we have a giant crush on anything that Jiro Bevis makes, including these two T-shirts for trendy London bar Barden’s. They’re an ideal accompaniment to the bout of work he did for them recently – we’re rapidly learning that he can always be trusted to give hilarious character traits to inanimate objects of all descriptions, sauce bottles not excluded.
Sucre Paper: Issue #2
Every now and again a lo-fi publication flies through the door that reminds us exactly what’s so good about them – broad-ranging and all-encompassing, they often represent ideas in their rawest forms. The artists contributing to Sucre come from far and wide in terms of both geographical location and subject matter, collectively creating a series of images that seem loosely tied together in spite of their diversity.
- Rosie Matheson’s series, Boys, explores the nuanced nature of modern masculinity
- Heavyweight Foundry on its pragmatic yet inventive approach to typography
- Illustrator Tim Lahan’s latest zine is an “ode to being self-destructive”
- Photographer Nick Ballon's series is a portrait of Bolivia’s second largest city and its people
- Photographer Olivier Degorce's new book lets you snoop in strangers' fridges
- Clean it, beach: Reto Schmid's new fashion series shines light on the plastic waste problem
- Custom Typefaces: are they worth the hype?
- Designer Marc Armand on graphically interpreting the French football team’s kit ahead of the World Cup
- Bonjour Garçon combines photography and graphic design to make "strong and delicate" work
- Iconic film poster designer and illustrator Bill Gold has died aged 97
- "Football's Bayeux Tapestry": behind the scenes of the embroidered BBC World Cup trailer animation
- Matt Groening reveals characters from new animated series Disenchantment (well, partially…)