New Yorker Bryan Rivera has had another huge year. A true pop culture powerhouse, his work has adorned some of 2018’s biggest records, with everyone from Post Malone to Nao being given a visual re-rub by one of the most in-demand designers working today.
Pretty much every magazine reader, writer, editor or designer has some kind of relationship with Vice. And, while considered a multi-media publishing conglomerate by most, its print iteration still has a relatively small team working hard to ensure the physical embodiment of Vice still has a publication fanatics seeking it out and picking it up.
Designer Ginko Yang was born in a semitropical town of Southern China. A few years later, she spent five years in Beijing before embarking on a new creative adventure in London. But it seems that no matter where Ginko is based, the act of “drawing creates the same effects as a mental massage," she tells It’s Nice That, and, as a result, Ginko’s turned her attention away from graphic design to illustration, after years of working as a magazine designer.
Going to the cinema is brilliant. Honestly, we’ll watch any old rubbish just to have an excuse to sit in a dark room full of people eating popcorn at Merzbow-record-volume on a dismal Saturday night. Naturally, then, our ears pricked up when we caught wind of Studio Moross collaborating with the British Film Institute (BFA) on Massive, an initiative that seeks to connect younger audiences with British film.
In the first of our Review of the Year op-eds, It’s Nice That editor Matt Alagiah casts an eye over the interplay between politics and creativity over the past 12 months.
Through a series of events, housemates Julia Falkner and Lorena Hydeman found themselves styling the 11-year-old nephew of a friend in clothes from their suitcases, photographing him as he discovered a new world of gender expression. The experience proved formative – both for young Kai and the duo – and it sparked what would become Julia (a photographer) and Lorena’s (a stylist) recently released series Blah Blah Genitals.
The influential and inarguably important Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has unveiled a flag to mark 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
“My practice focuses on the otherworldly," says Glasgow-based animator Maurice Andresen. The creation of ethereal environments and mystical characters is Maurice’s speciality as he merges hyper-real renders of urban landscapes with surreal, alien-like characters to create a sense of displacement amongst what we think we know.
London Art Fair is just around the corner. Coming only a few weeks after the country’s eaten more roast potatoes than logically makes sense, the Fair – which runs between 16–20 January 2019 at the Business Design Centre – showcases globally renowned modern art, as well as putting a focus on championing the work of cutting-edge contemporary practitioners.
Good news! Printed Pages AW18 hits the shelves of bookshops around the world today. As always, this latest issue is our curated view of the best creative work we’ve seen in the past six months.