It’s a still a little cold outside, but with spring right around the corner, we’ve got some exciting treats in our March edition of Things that will keep you going until it warms up! On the topic of sunshine, we’ve had some suspiciously pleasant days recently – maybe a little too pleasant – so the release of Orsted’s children’s book on climate change couldn’t be more timely. Tackling other big issues this time round, there’s also some Brexit souvenir cigarettes in the mix, and a little book of illustrations about staying positive while you’re stuck in your day job!
Spanning the work of iconic artists such as Josef Albers, Marianne Brandt and Walter Gropius, this re-release of the original 1990 edition of the Bauhaus-Archiv by Taschen is a retrospective focused on the Bauhaus school of art and design. Featuring photographs, architectural blueprints and classroom studies taken from the Bauhaus-Archiv in Berlin, this large coffee table book is a comprehensive recap of the pioneering art community that brought the world effectively simple and economically sensible design.
Visiting 15 different seminal housing projects across Europe, this recent release written by Stefi Orazi and White Lion Publishing is an “inside look” at the most interesting modernist estates around the continent. A combination of new and archival photography, this book celebrates the aesthetics and infrastructure of modernist housing schemes. Inside you will find a mix of images of the buildings, information on their designs and interviews with the residents that come together to form a beautiful overview of these pioneering feats of architecture.
Written by Sean Henrik Moore and illustrated by Yeji Yun, Is This My Home? is a new children’s book by Denmark-based wind developer Ørsted. Created “in an effort to encourage children to be a greener next generation”, this bold and bright title helps adults impart wisdom through narrative, in the hope that their children will understand and be able to tackle climate change in the future. Bursting with neon oranges, yellows and greens, the story is both engaging and informative.
Self-published by mayn-creative, a multidisciplinary agency based within Falmouth University, intro. is a quarterly zine that features the work of one photography student in each issue. With four releases and one whole volume already under their belt, the collective has showcased photographers that explore subjects from nature and fashion to politics and binary opposition. Each issue comes in a different bold colour that, when brought together, creates a simple yet effective visual cohesion.
This colourful type dating game created by two graphic designers – the author, Sarah Hyndman, whose work focuses on the psychology of type, and the designer, Sarah Boris, whose portfolio includes the ICA, The Photographer’s Gallery and Phaidon, among others. Featuring 50 different card designs in blue, pink and yellow, players go on dates with different fonts of their choosing and discover what their selection says about them. What’s Your Type? is an interesting new way to hone your typography knowledge.
Karlsruhe-based magazine, Slanted, is a quarterly publication looking at typography, illustration and photography. Issue 29 focuses on the contemporary design scene in Helsinki and features interviews with designers who are passionate about their home and their practice. With a glossy foil cover and an experimental design throughout, Slanted boasts beautiful typefaces and layouts that guide you through their overview of the city’s design culture.
Papier, a French bi-lingual magazine dedicated to contemporary illustration, is a large-format bi-annual that gives the wonderful work it features the space it deserves. Showcasing 20 different illustrators working to a different theme with each issue, the Paris-based publication focused on the World Cup for this release. From gouache and ink to pencil and markers, there’s a great mix of mediums and styles on display that depict the game, the culture and the fans. With a football pitch green cover made of rubber paper stock, it feels great too.
Calling itself the “definitive guide to visual branding”, Identity Designed is a new book by best-selling writer and accomplished designer, David Airey. Released through Rockport Publishing, this slick hardback provides you with everything you need to know on the subject of creating brand identities. From case studies on the most successful projects to methods and strategies, Identity Designed is both an extensive retrospective and a forward-thinking practical guide to furthering your own interests and work in the field.
Spanish illustrator Sergio Membrillas second self-published release is an A5 collection of drawings that the artist says is “a character study of people stuck in New York City doing their day jobs.” The drawings depict them tackling the monotony of their situations by wearing swimsuits and beach equipment. “It is a cute portrayal of people unable to leave their surroundings, but trying to make it bearable,” Sergio says, and the small publication was inspired by minimalism he found in old Japanese illustrations, the work of Otto Neurath and the challenge of drawing in black and white.
Brainchild of aptly named Wankers of the World (WOTW) collective, Brexit Cigarettes are a “sort of alternative to help the great people of Britain commemorate this momentous time,” explains an anonymous representative. “From the moment Boris wheeled out his big red NHS lie bus, the whole Brexit story has been a sort of expensive and weirdly addictive exercise in self-harm – a bit like toking down 20 Rothmans a day.” WOTW, inspired by the regality and pseudo-luxury of their packaging, found British cigarette brands to be a fitting context to advertise the harm that Brexit will bring about to our health and society as a whole.
About the Author
Daniel joined It’s Nice That as an editorial assistant in February 2019 and continues to work with us on a freelance basis. He graduated from Kingston University with a degree in Journalism in 2015. He is also co-founder and editor of SWIM, an annual art and photography publication.