January 27, 2014
Illustrator Quentin Blake will be talking about his work at the South Bank Centre, London, February 4.
Bloomberg Businessweek hold their second Design Conference in San Francisco, March 10. Speakers include Neville Brody, Ben Terrett (gov.uk) and BBW editor Josh Tyrangiel and creative director Richard Turley.
A quick look at the debut issue of Carlos, from Spring 2003.
German blog Freund von Freunden launch Companion, a new magazine for 25h Hotel Bikini Berlin.
Following my look at The Pitchfork Review last week, The Observer reviews a selection of free music titles.
Sadly, Flamingo will no longer be published but they still have copies available online.
At Work With returns next week.
One very distinct genre of new magazine is the website/blog print spin-off. Various smaller blogs – including this one – have experimented with print, while others have made significant inroads into regular publishing (It’s Nice That, Freund von Freunden, Slanted etc). This new example is particularly interesting, as the apparent death of the music magazine has been, in part, blamed on the rise of online music coverage. And when people talk about online music writing they generally mean Pitchfork, a site that’s been reviewing music online for 17 years now.
This Saturday The Guardian newspaper launches a new monthly supplement. Do Something promises hundreds of idea to break your routine and stimulate, encourage and inspire you. Whether the ideas are so great – it boasts snowboarding to street photography via starting your own supper club – it certainly looks great, with plenty of illustration including the cover by Owen Gildersleeve and other pieces by Owen Gatley, Yann Le Bec, Sam Brewster and Hattie Newman spread across strong layouts by art director Chris Clarke.
More images after the jump – click for larger versions.
The eighth issue of The Ride Journal is available for pre-order now, with more beautiful cover art from Shan Jiang (see full cover after the jump) and a new design using only Eric Gill’s Golden Cockerel typeface. ‘One font publications are the way forward!’ says art director Andrew Diprose.
It’s been a while since issue seven, but the wait has been worth it, the illustration and photography are stunning throughout. Click images for larger versions.
Update: it’s notable that this is one of the only cover tributes that references the young Mandela, the period he was still regarded as a terrorist rather than hero by the predecessors of many of those leaders paying homage today.
Illustration by Kadir Nelson
This is the 24th edition of London street art mag VNA, but as far as I recall its the first mention here on the blog. Shame! A pocket-sized collection of found work and interviews with artists, what it lacks in design structure is more than compensated for by the imagery (design-wise it really needs a clean, simple approach to let the art be king). Nevermind, this front cover is a really strong image, a favourite of recent times. and as a collector of road sign images the defaced signs (below) were a natural pick.
Some Magazine takes a broad theme each issue and uses it to examine design and creativity. Thus it avoids the normal design press focus on latest projects and studio profiles and presents a more open discussion of subjects. This issue, Identity, has content in German and English and as well as a beautifully crafted set of fake packaging designs for obscure products and a questionnaire with Rob Lowe aka Supermundane (he did the cover design) uses a series of archived teenage diaries to present a pre-social network version of young identity.
Dodo first came to attention as a one-off publication hidden at the end of a treasure hunt. I never quite got my head round that, but I guess it was a publicity drive for the actual magazine. Billed as ‘Your own private haunted house’ this is a kids magazine packed with an extraordinary mix of things, from comic strips to weird recipes (published for Halloween it features another brain cake, the last for today, I promise!) via longer written stories about failing themeparks and deadly mushrooms. Aimed at a post-Anorak age group, I’m not sure how well-focused it is but it’s a visual treat, one of those magazines with something new to find every visit. The issue is split in half with a flipped cover (side A and Side B, nicely old school) and a pull-out poster of a dodo.
The New Yorker by Adrian Tomine and Anorak by Adam Higton.