For the last edition of Things in 2019, we bring you a selection of goodies that came into our studio this month. Much like the English weather, we end with a slightly sombre note. This month’s selection takes us through the history of electronic music through a stamp-styled poster, an unending declaration of love dedicated to those who have suffered through cancer, the first full-length English translation of Yoshiharu Tsuge’s work and a large photo book depicting New Delhi’s hijras. Here is December’s Things to close out the year!
The publication, which explores our relationship with nature, editors Luciane Pisani and David Reeve have compiled together a series of articles and photography works that takes on the topic of food, immigration and art. The magazine’s matte feel and lush photography is soothing for both eyes and the fingers, something that immediately grabbed our attention here at It’s Nice That. It’s also part of the result of the magazine’s printing methods which look towards sustainable solutions wherever possible. Seacourt, its UK printer for instance, runs on 100% renewable energy, a wormery munches through the company’s food waste and paper waste, and, the print plates are also recycled. Furthermore, the magazine’s dimensions were also decided to maximise on the percentage of the paper sheets used during the printing process.
In this zine, whose proceeds go entirely to the Cancer Research Institute, designer Chrissie Abbott takes on several different ways to say the often difficult phrase. “The zine is dedicated to everyone I love who has been through the shit that cancer throws at you,” she writes in a small note to the studio. The zine is filled cover to cover with endless gradients, playful graphics and bold colours, with the words “I Love You” being repeated and reiterated over different formats.
Released in 2020, the first full English translation of the cult comic artist’s work focuses on a semi-autobiographical story filled with encounters with the outsiders of society. The moustached protagonist, jaunt and looking like he came straight out of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, is a cheapskate and struggling artist who takes on odd jobs as he tries to find success. “Oh your comics are art, someone says. That goes to your head and then no one wants to hire you,” the protagonists’ wife says bitterly in the comic. Morosely in the distance, the crows overhear and laugh at him and his failure. As you can see, it’s a sad tale.
In 36 unbound 11″ × 14″ monochrome pages, this third journal of Dominick Sheldon’s work contains photographs from New Delhi shot earlier this year, including a few that are currently being exhibited at this year’s Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize . Printed in an edition of 350, this massive publication shows Dominick’s images in the full scale that it deserves. The photographs capture some of New Delhi’s hijras, a third gender in the Indian subcontinent, shot through a powerful series of portraits.
Designed as a series of oversized stamps, this poster shows the history of electronic music from the 1968 Silver Apples album to Jamie XX’s 2015 In Colour. With shiny silver foil details acting as the perforated holes that divide the stamps, this monochromatic take on the studio’s Stamp Album series also features well-placed accents from the six-colour litho printing process. Each stamp, arranged chronologically, shows you the details of each album: a graphic inspired by the album, the names of the artist and album, the release label, the release date and its runtime. The work is also accompanied by a Spotify playlist featuring the albums in the poster.
- Nazif Lopulissa rethinks the shapes and forms of the children’s playground
- Egg is an animation about attempting – and failing – to take control of something you are afraid of
- Why creatives should take the election advantage
- Adrienne Law on making something digital feel physical
- Kyuho Kim imagines the shapes of words in his inventive design practice
- Stomping boots and pouting lips, Taylor Silk’s woven women are icons of female sexuality
- “We want to challenge and disturb the audience”: meet graphic design studio Alliage
- Matt Willey leaves The New York Times Magazine and joins Pentagram
- Ikki Kobayashi’s new series investigates the tension between shapes and negative space
- “Perfectly beautiful things don’t attract me”: Heesun Seo on her nontraditional practice
- The Pantone Colour of the Year 2020 makes a statement about peace and communication
- Moleskine’s digital notebook and a visual inventory of Earth win Apple's Apps of the Year