Aesthetically pleasing by accident (like Maculay Culkin) this weeks Things are mostly shades of grey and blue. It gets better. Featured this week is Antonio Ladrillo (zine + t-shirt), the men of Ranks London (t-shirt), Team (zine), Sleeperhold (pack of cards/publication) and Joey Parlett (lunar whitey themed zine).
Whitey on the Moon, Book 2 Joey Parlett
Really nicely rendered, pieces of moments and crops of the Apollo missions, including some wonderful vignettes of boot prints and an intense 6 × 6 frame pages that does incredible things to the pace. Also, got really excited and looked for part one of the series on his site – and I can confirm, it is equally as good!
TEAM issue 1 Compiled and edited by Rosie Day & Philip Z.Serfaty, Design by Joseph Hales
Independently produced and “made possible through collaboration”, the first promising issue of Team features writing (of poetic and fictional persuasion plus interviews and essays) joined succinctly with an image or two from an illustrator (including Martha Smith and Katie Scott). This together with the equally considered photography, design and a homage to Tintin in the form of a loose insert (by Joe Kessler) makes for excellent reading.
Zine & T-Shirt Antonio Ladrillo
All inanimate objects must receive the Antonio Ladrillo treatment (also known as “pareidolia”). Who’d have thought that so few lines could make you so happy? The numbered zine is simply a series of happy things, places with faces and a t-shirt that will make people like you more.
#3 (a deck of cards) Sleeperhold Publications
A publication with no recurring theme/format/audience, Sleeperhold is a platform for designers, artists, illustrators, photographers, you name it, to contribute to a different format every issue. That is, until #10 which will be an exhibition (Sleeperhold will then go to the big publisher in the sky). #3 features the estimable likes of Eric Yahnker, Dan Eatock, Ryan Gander & Europa and Åbäke who have each chosen a number/picture card to illustrate.
Ranks London Will Robson-Scott and Daniel David Freeman
Ranks London is made up of printed shirts inspired by the detailing of old gig posters and record covers, recreated by contemporary illustrators. The one they sent us (illustrated by Dan Freeman) is part of the new metal-themed collection. Will Robson-Scott, who is probably responsible for making the cool hand-coloured photos of the beautiful girls, has a website stacked full of nonchalantly nice photography.
- Photographer Thurstan Redding’s project Castle Village portrays an optimistic and joyful view of old age
- Jay Cover and Brad Holdgrafer visually tackle the concept of walls through "playschool politics"
- Emily Schofield’s graphic design practice balances function with irrationality and expression
- Dairy drinks and cigarettes meet in Lucas Reis' illustrative evocations of Japan
- Travis Alabanza’s radical performance practice is disrupting politeness and gratitude
- “Go, go, go”: how DIA messed with design theory, only to improve it
- Uber gets another new logo, gives you something to make small talk about this weekend
- You know that great feeling of popping a spot? You'll get that from Sophie Koko Gate's new animation
- Type designer Kia Tasbihgou on how “knowing cool designers and nice fonts isn’t enough”
- V&A curator Marie Foulston wants us to look at video games through the lens of design
- Swedish design studio Amanda & Erik avoid the tropes of minimalist, Scandinavian design in their practice
- KFC and Mother London tag-team for a deep fried approach to mindfulness