There is also a great interview with Mr. Olins on Design Boom.
‘Lore of the North’ is an Arts Council funded project and book by Lord Whitney that explores Yorkshire myths and folklore, with lettering by Amy Rodchester, illustration by Tommy Davidson and photography by James Rhodes.
The book and map are available to purchase online if you’re a fan of the mythical and mysterious.
It would appear that if you need a book designed, then Stephanie and Tom Ising are the people to talk to. Munich based Books we made have specialised in the design of publications of all shapes and sizes.
The book is a collection of categorised animal logos and symbols from around the globe. Containing 266 logos from some of the world’s greatest designers and companies including; Total Identity, Lance Wyman, Build, Stockholm Design Lab, Minale Tattersfield, Stefan Kanchev, Kari Piippo Oy and many more.
Available directly at Counter-print for only £7.50. Get it bought!
Many of you will have already seen Matthias Hübner work before perhaps not by name. Instead the many books he was involved in designing and curating for Gestalten. He’s moved on to pastures new with his own publishing agency Possible Books he’s been working very hard to bring together some great pieces of book and editorial design.
Lo-fi and duo colour prints… lovely.
If you back one Kickstarter project this month it should be Everyday is Play – A Celebration of the Video Game, a book project by Matthew Kenyon.
The book will showcase the works of designers, musicians, artists, writers and developers that have taken inspiration from the art that we grew up with. Through a series of features and interviews, covering everything from fan art to game modifications, it should provide not only a beautiful book but a wealth of inspiration.
For more information on the book and how to help make it happen visit the Kickstarter page.
Mark Bloom is about to release the second book for Mash Creative entitled 15/115, featuring 115 projects spanning his 15 year career to date.
Beautifully printed by Screaming Colour on a tactile mix of GFSmith papers, the book features a white foiled cover with thread sewn spine for lay-flat spreads. Printed full colour throughout with fluorescent orange ink and logo throw out page.
It’s available to pre-order now at the discounted rate of £17.50. We can’t wait to get our hands on a copy. Full review in out Book section coming soon.
Last week FFFavourite Malika Favre treated us to an exclusive teaser of her latest saucy project Kama Sutra and today the website went live revealing the full scale of the project.
The Kama Sutra website will act as an archive for the project but also as a shop where you are able to purchase the whole alphabet as individual screenprints. Each Letter is a very limited edition of 25 high end screenprints in 4 colours, all printed with love by George Hurst.
You better be quick though if you want to grab a print as there will only be a limited amount of 10 prints of each letter online as the rest will be on show at Pick Me Up London from thursday 18th until the 28th of April.
We also had the chance to ask Malika a couple of questions about the project…
Hi Malika, can you tell us a little more about the new site for the Kama Sutra project?
What started with the Pick Me Up exhibition in mind soon became much more as I started thinking about how to archive the project online and possibly have the letters available to people outside the UK who couldn’t make it down to the exhibition.
My ex-Airside buddy [and FFF contributor], Guy Moorhouse of Futurefabric and the very talented guys from Present Perfect were up for the challenge so we decided to all collaborate in order to bring the project to life.
Finally catching up with some new posts. Can’t believe we’ve never featured Bureau Mirko Borsche on FFF!? The graphic design studio from Munich, renowned for its versatility of culturural and business work, has recently relaunched their online portfolio which is definitely worth a visit!
Described recently as “one of the most important designers to come out of England in the last 50 years” Ken Garland thoroughly deserves a comprehensive monograph befitting his contribution to British design. Thankfully one of our favourite publishers, Unit Editions, have managed to brilliantly scratch that itch with Unit 09: Ken Garland - Structure and Substance.
It covers everything from student exercises in the 1950s to his self-published photography books of recent years, and touches on the many sides of Garland: the ethical and political designer; the writer; the teacher; the photographer. Produced with input from Garland the first 60 pages is a biographical essay, written by Adrian Shaughnessy and accompanied by rare personal photographs, underpinned by interviews with his contemporaries and peers.
The majority of the book is given over to showcasing a chronology of work – including posters for CND marches, the identity of Galt Toys, sleeves for RCA Records – boundary pushing graphic design the impact of which can still be seen today in much of what is considered “good” contemporary design.
Confession time… other than the 1964 First Things First Manifesto, I was woefully uneducated about the life and work of Ken Garland. No longer! This book is a great introduction to the impact of Mr Garland and its slightly more compact size (than the Lubalin unit) means its a beautiful piece to handle. One to treat yourself to especially if you’re suffering from the January blues and a worthy addition to any designers collection.
168x224mm 328 pages ISBN 978-0-9562071-9-7 £35
– Author: Adrian Shaughnessy Editors: Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy Design: Spin
Craig Oldham knows a thing or two about lecturing. Wanting to avoid falling into the well trodden path of design lectures he came up with the idea of The Democratic Lecture. Craig’s initiative is based around a website through which students he is soon going to lecture can vote for their favourite five topics out of a list of a possible 40. The audience get a bespoke lecture based on their collective interests and Craig gets to reconfigure and deliver his lecture accordingly. Win/win!
A book that collates all 40 Democratic Lecture topics is also available (alongside the above poster) which is the easiest way to benefit from this fantastic project (as access to the voting site is cunningly restricted for lecture-attendees only). For those who know Craig’s previous work (including the excellent 10-penneth) rest assured this is full of his trademark wit and honesty.— 40pp on 1200mic Beermat board. — 36pp 120gsm Bright White Colourplan section. — Cloth-bound with Fluro-died glue. — Screen printed black and fluro throughout. — Foreword written by Craig’s mum
Fantastic to see the typeface Jean Luc by Atelier Carvalho-Bernau put to good use too.
The new issue of Boat Magazine is a corker, taking you to the heart of Athens. It features some stunning photography from the likes of Liz & Max Haarala Hamilton, Max Knight, Eirini Vourloumis, Alec Dudson, Jonathan Cherry and Will Robson-Scott.
Accompanying the magazine is Fast Friday – A short documentary by Sam Rowland.
Sam shot the secret cycling society Fast Fridays on one of their weekly night rides across Athens. Check out this short interview with Sam.
The first few hundred copies of the mag come wrapped in this beautiful fish-wrap paper.
You can pick up a copy of the mag here.
Matt Willey has established himself as one of the preeminent figures in modern editorial design. Following time at Frost (later becoming Creative Director) he co-founded the much loved Studio8 with Zoë Bather (they closed their doors in May 2012).
In 2011 Matt co-launched Port Magazine and he remains the co-Creative Director of the title (with Kuchar Swara). He recently launched a site showcasing his work – you can follow him on twitter if, like me, editorial design is your thing.
The 24/6 Project is all about giving one day back. They invited 24 designers, artists, typographers, and illustrators from the UK and Ghana to produce a poster based on the figures 24/6.
Featuring works from Ranch Design, typographer and author of Type Matters! Jim Williams, designer Paul Felton of Purpose, illustrator and surface pattern designer Hollie Brown and John Hudson, speaker at TYPO Berlin 2012 sustain, to name a few.
The book and limited edition screen prints are available to buy on their website. 100% of the profits from the sale of the book will go to the Olive Tree Praise Foundation to help spearhead a number of activities geared towards transforming the lives of children affected by various forms of conflicts and crisis including extreme poverty, hunger, illness, persecution or neglect in Africa and particularly Ghana.
There’s something about the work of Canadian cartoonist and illustrator Jesse Jacobs that I just can’t get enough of. His isometric style, attention to detail and sense of humour create a world that’s all unto it’s own. He has published two books: Even The Giants, published by AdHouse Books and By This Shall You Know Him, published by Koyama Press (featured below). Both are amazing stories to be read over and over again. Be sure to check them out!
Purchase this book here.
Purchase this book here.
Don’t forget to visit Jesse’s site!