The London design studio Spin , renowned for their clear & elegant design solutions, have updated their website. Packed with consistent product shots of old and new work and apparently some previously unseen Unit Editions Books. The responsive website makes use of some lovely subtle features like scrolling through images on mouse-over and a visible breadcrumb trail that opens up a sidebar menu.
Kate Moross’ debut book ‘Make Your Own Luck’ is a chronological zip wire through Moross’ career, beginning on foundation course (Wimbledon School of Arts) with hand-drawn posters & random doodles through to her recent work for Jessie Ware and setting up Studio Moross. Designed by Praline, edited by Gavin Lucas, and with a foreword by Neville Brody …it promises big things.
The new book comes in a bigger format with even more examples and an extra 36 pages of excellent monograms and ciphers from around the world.
Designed by Leterme Dowling the collection contains 452 logos from some great studios such as: Bruce Mau Design, Louise Fili, FITCH, BankerWessel, Stefan Kanchev and many, many more.
Monogram Logo is available to purchase from the Counter-Print Shop.
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.