As a special treat for this week’s Things we thought we’d give you a sneak peek into how it works. The postman comes, sometimes he rings the bell (if his stash is too big for our letterbox) and sometimes he doesn’t. We make a grab for the creative stuff, and the top five make Things. Actually in retrospect that’s a pretty dull behind-the-scenes. Luckily the actual work in ANYTHING but dull…
The first issue of Rankin’s new project Hunger is a sturdy beast of a magazine, weighing in at over 500 pages. Highlights include interviews with cover star Rhys Ifans and Matthew Macfadyen, a stunning series of illustrations by the uber-talented Von of figures like Plan B, Ashley Walters and Michael Sheen and an extraordinary feature on some of the people who made Life magazine the iconic American institution it is today.
39 People Attempt to Draw The Prince Symbol from Memory Michael Crowe
We don’t really know how to say this, but Michael Crowe kind of makes us go weak at the knees. The man’s work is just so fricking charming, we’re not made of stone dammit! His latest zine has done nothing to buck the trend – a simple if leftfield idea presented with impeccable taste and restraint. Sigh.
Characters Oscar Bolton Green
Young illustrator Oscar Bolton Green’s new book is a real gem. His reductive renderings of street-life scenes strip the potentially edgy subject matter of all menace – and imbue them with a lo-fi, expressive wit. Anti-social behaviour never looked so good.
Opposites Attract California State University Graphic Design Show
Not content with living in one of the coolest places on earth, the 18 graduating students from the CSU graphic design class of 2011 are a ruddy talented lot as well. The beautiful catalogue they have produced for their end of year show features some brilliant projects all tied together with an eye-catching black and electro-coral colour scheme.
Folio Merve Kaptan and Charlie Coffey
The Folio team describe their mission as to “operate as an exhibition space on paper” and the first issues have pulled it off with aplomb. There’s a less-is-more approach to the layout which translates into a cool, calm reading experience, and there’s some neat tricks along the way to keep you on your toes. There’s also a wonderfully-eclectic selection of artists chosen for each issue, with a bias for (great) photography supplemented by some cracking choices like Matt Lomas and his Eight Psychogeographic Walks.
- “I like the idea of giving up on trying to do the right thing”: inside the chaotic world of artist Dale Lewis
- Anna Hofmann's slightly grotesque but very, very funny characters
- Learn feminist self-defence with Manual de Autodefensa Feminista zine
- Renowned illustrator Philippe Weisbecker's delicate drawings of Adirondack furniture
- The Lething Compendium by Lara Kothe teaches you how to forget everything
- Sisters!: behind the scenes with lesbian experimental filmmaker Barbara Hammer [NSFW]
- Graphic designer Bryan Rivera references mistakes and imperfections in his portfolio
- Adidas releases trainers that are also public transport tickets
- Compare your selfies to fine art through the Google Arts and Culture app’s newest feature
- Practical portfolio advice, from choosing a specialism to solving real problems
- Meet Monkey Type, an international collective bananas about fonts
- The Papier Machine collection of DIY electronic paper toys reinvents the activity book