Top 15 Risograph (RISO) Printing Studios

Top 15 Risograph (RISO) Printing Studios

For both amateurs and professionals looking to experiment with colour and paper, here’s something for you. Today, Marcroy and I would like to introduce you to fifteen of the UK’s best Risograph printing studios / RISO printers. Even though the colour options are limited with Risograph compared to the other types of printing, Risograph still proves an interesting alternative since its appeal lies in quality, creativity with layers and most importantly affordability. Feature


Element 002 Screen Printed Covers | Production Photos With Heretic and Permaset

Element 002 Screen Printed Covers | Production Photos With Heretic and Permaset

We would like to give you an insight into the production process of our limited edition hand screen printed covers. Through this method of printmaking, the Heretic trio have designed and hand pulled each of the 500 limited edition covers, they are also hand stamped and numbered for authenticity. And if you want to see what’s underneath this amazing cover, you can now read digital versions of our magazine over at printisntdeadmag.co This particular issue focuses on DIY, self-publishing and counter-culture, with articles and interviews with Suicide Girls, the incredible 60s counterculture Oz magazine and much, much more. Feature


Royal Mint | The Queen’s Fifth Coinage Portrait

Royal Mint | The Queen’s Fifth Coinage Portrait

Today marks the day that the Royal Mint uncover the fifth coinage portrait of Her Majesty The Queen, which will soon take pride of place on United Kingdom coins. Since the Queen’s accession to the throne in 1952, there have been a very small number of portraits appearing on the circulating coins, making this an extremely rare event. This coin is designed by Jody Clark, the first Royal Mint engraver to be chosen to create a definitive royal coinage portrait in over 100 years. Feature


Seetal Solanki | Nike Air Jordan XX9 Capsule Collection

Seetal Solanki | Nike Air Jordan XX9 Capsule Collection

We caught up with a People of Print favourite, Seetal Solanki, to talk about her latest project for Nike Air Jordan which is based around the theme of ‘water’. We’ve been given a wonderful insight into her thought process and research behind this incredible textile print design. She mentioned that “research is one of [her] favourite parts of the process,” and we agree. Take a few moments to fully appreciate this glorious work and be sure to check her website out for further print-related goodness. Feature


Minotaur :: ‘Camo Check’ M-65 jacket

Minotaur :: ‘Camo Check’ M-65 jacket

Minotaur is a Japanese brand inspired by the reexamination of the timeless elements of traditional clothing that focus heavily on stitching and quality. Recently dropping a particularly notable offering in terms of print, the brand have released their ‘Camo Check’ M-65 jacket sporting a unique blend of printed textiles. Feature


Seesaw Studio

Seesaw Studio

Seesaw are an Australian design studio with a drive for high quality aesthetic and well considered methodology at the heart of their ideas. Spreading their multi talented skills across a host of key areas, their main specialisms include branding, creative direction, identity, digital strategy and print design. With not just one, but two creative directors at the helm one male, one female, Seesaw find this is a perfect balance to steer their creative vision to a point of true clarity and combined perspective. Feature


Carolina Salinas

Carolina Salinas

Carolina Salinas describes herself as a creative craftswoman who specialises in wood block printing. Her illustrations show mythical creatures, animals and Aztec patterns with several references to ‘Day of the Dead’ skull imagery. She uses the traditional woodblock printing technique to make modern and contemporary imagery. Her beautiful products include stickers, printed scarves and fabric covered sketchbooks. Feature


Brigid Deacon

Brigid Deacon

Old pal of People of Print, Brigid Deacon, makes everything look well alright in black and white! Feature


Edith Carron

Edith Carron

Edith Carron is a French illustrator currently based in Berlin. Directing her focus towards print-based and animated projects. Created through pencil crayons, Edith’s illustrations are bright, playful, tactile and (in the words of It’s Nice That) ‘socially-conscious and mischievous.’ Leading her to work with clients including The New York Times, Zeit Campus Magazin, Le Chocolat de Français and Art Future to name afew, we can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve next. Feature


Noway Apparel

Noway Apparel

NOWAY apparel is an independent clothing project brought to life by a couple of young Italian creatives. Experimenting with geometry, type, colour and pattern, their screen-printed designs appear on t-shirts and posters. Reflecting contemporary visuals, they seem to focus on an energetic fresh aesthetic that appeals to a younger market. Feature


Unit Editions :: Selected Titles 2015

Unit Editions :: Selected Titles 2015

The next four Unit Editions books will be a tribute to the work of the world’s leading design practioners: Spin, Lance Wyman, Morag Myerscough and Universal Everything. Coming out in Spring, the first publication in the series will be a showcase of work created by Spin from its inception in the early 90s to the present day. And alongside the aesthetic combination of delicious images are interviews with clients and past studio members as well as thoughtful essays from Rick Poynor, Steven Heller, and Patrick Burgoyne of Creative Review. Feature


ICNY :: SS15

ICNY :: SS15

Brooklyn based ‘reflective apparel pioneer’ ICNY has unveiled their ever fresh and functional latest offering for SS15 as the brand expands to broaden their seasonal collections. Featuring t-shirts, shorts and accessories (all of which are of course reflective) the collection highlights a mixture of bold typographic and geometric prints. Feature


Hye Jin Chung

Hye Jin Chung

These charming compositions are courtesy of Korean illustrator Hye Jin Chung. Now based in New York after studying there, her busy scenes are constructed from part collage, part illustration with a jagged cut out style. Featuring plenty of peolpe, plant-life and playfulness, there is an unavoidable spark of imagination burning brightly in each of her witty narratives. Feature


Visuelle Edition 3

Visuelle Edition 3

Visuelle is delighted to announce the release of its latest issue with interviews and features on emerging individuals and studios. Even though young designers have become ever more accustomed to digital content and culture, Visuelle, an online leading source for contemporary visual news and creativity, instead, has decided to take a peek behind the creative scenes and showcase spectacular works produced by brilliant designers, varying in styles and production, on quality paper. Feature


Sarah Smart

Sarah Smart

Sarah Smart is a London based illustrator who’s traditional meet’s contemporary ‘fashiony’ style of illustration has lead her to work with an impressive body of clients including Harvey Nichols, Carven and the W Hotel. I was lucky enough to catch up with her about her work, eager to find out more about her outlook on contemporary fashion illustration. Feature


Emer Tumilty

Emer Tumilty

Based in Glasgow, designer and printer Emer Tumilty creates engaging, abstract prints and posters with a retro influence. Making designs for club nights, record sleeves and gig posters her prints have a nostalgic graphic style of clashing colours and mismatched aesthetic to them. Noting her influences as architecture and shape, you can see how these fundamentals translate to her physical work through use of line and symmetry. Feature


Daniel Clarke

Daniel Clarke

Looking through Daniel Clarke’s work feels like going on a mini, globe-trotting adventure through succulent foliage and structural shapes. Feature


Blue Crow Media’s Folding Maps

Blue Crow Media’s Folding Maps

Maps can be used to determine the characteristics the city and the inhabitants of a certain community. It would be interesting to see how the city develops and compare the different maps created through the evolution of the road network and buildings. Blue Crow Media is an independent publishing company dedicated to creating thoughtfully designed folding maps and carefully curated apps. Founded in 2010, they have been working closely with a team of writers, photographers, designers and developers to create an extensive collection of pocket-sized maps that compile lists of London’s finest dine & drink hot spots. Feature


Lazy Oaf :: SS15

Lazy Oaf :: SS15

If you’ve read Print Isn’t Dead Element 002, you will see that we were lucky enough to catch up with Lazy Oaf and find out how their sketches are translated into final products, now spring is here it’s finally time to see what they have to offer for the new season. To be released in a series of drops, Lazy Oaf will be introducing signature unapologetic colour palettes exploring the studio’s fascination with all things edible, giving groceries a graphic refresh and exploring snack culture symbols. But that’s not all there’s repeat print goodness referencing ceramic shelf life alongside their take on classic portraiture and a 3D puff print –with the first drop of the season available to buy now. Feature


Eero Lampinen

Eero Lampinen

Helsinki based illustrator Eero Lampinen creates curious scenes of playful characters positioned in nostalgic fairy-tale settings. Sugar coated hues and modern decorative details paint the tone for these dream like scenarios that blur the lines between fantasy and reality. Although appearing seemingly innocent, the viewer is confronted with a host of mysterious creatures that hint to a darker undertone exploring folklore and the subconscious. Feature


Garden Book Club

Garden Book Club

Garden Book Club is a collaborative project between illustrator Jamie Mills and artist Megan Wellington exploring the relationships between people and their plants. Partly inspired by the salacious tones of plant-care handbooks, partly from observations and partly invented, the work looks to highlight the tactile nature of these encounters. Working with illustration, collage, photography and filmmaking, process has become a large part of the collaborative practice and they have been looking at different printmaking possibilities (screen print, RISO, cyanotypes) to bring the work into new contexts. Feature


Lark Foord

Lark Foord

There’s not much information out there about Los Angeles based photographer Lark Foord, but there’s 2 things I do know, he takes AMAZING photos and most definitely likes cars. Feature


Yoshinori Mizutani

Yoshinori Mizutani

‘Colours’ is a series of images by Japanese photographer Yoshinori Mizutani, exploring darkness, light, surface and abstract perspective. Each photo invites the viewer to construct their own narrative, communicating an air of mystery and a number of possible translations. He talks about his own work, “Sometimes photography without context is enough. Sometimes the lack of context gives depth to the picture, a resonance, gives us space to examine the banality of the subject and the beauty inherent in it.” Feature


The Happy Reader

The Happy Reader

A collaboration between Penguin Books and Fantastic Man. The Happy Reader is a new quarterly journal piercing essence of the reading culture and tackling issues that every reader sometimes has. The publication serves as a platform to reengage young generations with classic literature. It explores the intersection of art, photography and storytelling and is structured around interviews, in-depth reviews, and reading suggestions. You can take it on a train or read it on a bus, the resulting publication is very handy and lightweight. And I must tell you, it is also contemporary and very design-forward. Feature


Puzzleman Leung

Puzzleman Leung

Hailing from Maco, Puzzleman Leung is a photographer currently based in Taipei. Puzzleman’s portfolio is engaging to browse through full of surprises bursting with personality, bright colours, narrative and bold composition, a highlight being his gorgeous self-published books. Feature


Idols & Icons Exhibition

Idols & Icons Exhibition

Next Friday The Hanbury Arms in Islington plays host to an exciting exhibition of 16 emerging artists work. With the line up including Mr Gresty, VJ Von Art, Shona Read, Jane Laurie-Akten, Marco Bevilacqua, Sara Stode, Zhang Liang, Craig Keenan, Pigghammer, Tim Easley, Oli Fowler, Raiph Vaughan, Willa Gebbie, Claire E Hind, Simon Fitzmaurice and Nathan James Page III there is a varying range of style and subject matter. Responding to an open brief of ‘Idols & Icons,’ it will most certainly be an interesting evening with a large amount of diverse talent on display. Feature


Sophie Barbasch | Fault Line

Sophie Barbasch | Fault Line

Sophie Barbasch is a photographer based in New York City, who earned her MFA in photography from the Rhode Island School of Design and her BA in Art and Art History from Brown University. She has taken residencies at both the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and the Blue Mountain Centre, along with being published via The Atlantic Online and Conveyor Magazine. She has exhibited internationally and she has won the Photo Boite’s 30 Under 30 Women Photographers award. Feature


Neighborhood X Adidas Originals

Neighborhood X Adidas Originals

Continuing with their striking partnership Adidas Originals and Neighborhood have recently dropped their first look book for SS15. Featuring a strong focus on outwear with a nice selection of bold patterned prints, the brands merge distinctively Japanese trends with European sportswear aesthetics for the new season. Feature


Zine Yolal

Zine Yolal

Zine Yolal is a young designer currently studying for her MA in communication design at Kolding School of Design in Denmark. Her layout experiments seen below play with interesting composition and layering of imagery, yet the consistent blue tone takes away any distraction of colour. Just one example of her exploratory design style, Zine aims to create innovative communication methods using illustration, textures and digital media. Feature


Pop & Pac

Pop & Pac

Pop & Pac are a graphic design studio based in Melbourne, Australia, run by creatives David Popov & Mauris Lai. Combining their coupled experience working for large agencies and corporations, the pair provide branding solutions to a range of clients varying in size and stature. Their skilled ability covers brand identity, printed communication, marketing strategy, web design and art direction. Together they strive to provide conclusions that are unique, clever and timeless including well considered textures, materials and finishes relevant to each project. Feature


Or Type: Now & Then Or Again

Or Type: Now & Then Or Again

The Unit Editions’ new gallery space is now dedicated to a selection of work by Or Type, an Icelandic type foundry by design aficionados Guðmundur Úlfarsson and Mads Freund Brunse aka Gunmad. They have been publishing experimental typefaces which are full of character and developed through a spontaneous process of drawing and self-initiated projects since 2013. This show also marks the inaugural exhibition at the Unit Gallery. Not only will you be drawn by their expertise in type design but you will also enjoy exploring the different techniques used to create each typeface. There is so much to admire in their design, so don’t forget to swing by the gallery when you get a chance! Feature


Monika Petersen

Monika Petersen

After studying illustration at St Martins in London, Danish artist Monika Peterson returned to Copenhagen where she is now based. Her body of work includes large scale, sketched style pencil drawings, mono prints, lino cuts and collage, featuring animals, fruits and fashion based imagery. Using luxurious gold inks on contrasting dark backgrounds, Monika brings printed detail to life with a refined and sophisticated quality. Feature


Workhorse Press

Workhorse Press

If you find yourself in Edinburgh and near Rhubaba Studios on Arthur Street, you might want to pop into Workhorse Press. This independent printing and publishing studio that was founded in 2010 provides an excellent Risograph (RISO) service. The studio space is currently cohabited with two very talented artists, Dominic Kesterton and Orlando Lloyd, be sure to check out their work. They have eight colour drums in stock for you to choose from Black, Red, Pink, Purple, Blue, Green and Yellow. Get creating. Feature


Visual Frequencies

Visual Frequencies

Visual frequencies is an illustration project by Spanish designer and creative art director Miguel Sousa. The patterns are based on Chladni experiments, in which interesting formations are made on sand covered vibrating plates. Different variations of shape and line can be made through exploring frequency and depth of sound, with the sand moving into circular or radial arrangements. Feature


Peter Judson :: Recent work

Peter Judson :: Recent work

London based designer / printmaker (and People of Print favourite) Peter Judson has recently dropped a wicked new print to take us back to summer in the colder months. Designed as a winter pick me up, Peter wanted to create something warm and bright to transport him out of his cold flat while he “sat sat staring half at a computer screen and half at the commuters getting pummelled by wind and rain as they rushed to the station across the street.” Feature


Joyrich X Fila

Joyrich X Fila

LA streetwear label Joyrich have recently joined forces with legendary sportswear brand Fila for SS15. Fila’s background in sport alongside Joyrich’s signature application of heavy graphics makes for the perfect partnership with the collection featuring bold patterns across sports staples including tracksuits, hoodies, tees, a bucket windbreaker and a pair of kicks.
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Nick Barclay Minimal Film Posters

Nick Barclay Minimal Film Posters

Graphic designer Nick Barclay presents posters of classic films with a minimal approach. Reducing each title to a varying size of circle on a contrasting background, he plays with colour and composition to best represent each one. Films such as Trainspotting, Pulp Fiction and Reservior Dogs are featured in the series, with each poster displaying the release date, director, budget and box office takings. Feature


Ethel Vaughn X MTRSFR

Ethel Vaughn X MTRSFR

Ethel Vaughn is a sportswear brand hailing from Hamburg launched in 2010. 2015 sees the launch of a collaborative collection entitled ‘The Gurkha’ as the brand teamed up with New York / Melbourne based designer Sam Chirnside and MTRSFR. The avant-garde range offers a jacket, trackies, hats, and bags with an all-over contemporary take on camo print. Feature


PITCH Zine

PITCH Zine

Pitch is an Australian, independent digital zine that hones in on fresh creative talent from fashion, art and design around the world. Focusing on emerging designers, hotly tipped entrepreneurs and those making waves within the visual industries, Pitch aims to bridge the gap between those new and established. Their features are a fun selection of cherry picked aesthetic delights presented in the form of candy coloured pages with a twist of punchy, young art direction. Feature


The Young Never Sleep

The Young Never Sleep

A seamless blend of fashion, illustration, film, and photography, The Young Never Sleep was born of passion for tactile art and hands-on quality. Artists and designers Branden M. Collins and Madeline Moorewith founded this multidisciplinary studio with a primary aim to create edgy, colourful artworks. What’s so great about The Young Never Sleep is their commitment to experimental composition and colour exploration. What you can find here is highly original, yet the best part is their colourful collection of products that clearly reflects on the spirit of joy and playfulness. Feature


Malte Wandel

Malte Wandel

Malte Wandel is a photographer and film maker from Munich, Germany. Drawing focus towards documentary photography, environments and portraits through his travels, Malte’s beautiful imagery highlights a beautiful selection of both pale and muted tones alongside deep bold colour combinations with a heavy concentration on narrative. Feature


Braindance Neuro-Art Project

Braindance Neuro-Art Project

Braindance is a neuro-art project that links the gap between science and image, its goal being to visually document participants response to music they were hearing for the first time. The brainwaves of 20 volunteers were measured whilst listening to a musical piece made especially for the project by Kleemar. The results of the measurements were portrayed onto posters, which were displayed in an exhibition proceeding the experiment. Feature


Hiive | The Value of Print

Hiive | The Value of Print

We were asked by Hiive – a professional network for the creative industries to get five people to comment on why they value print as a process. We spoke to John Longbottom who is the news and online editor at Kerrang! magazine, who gave us a very witty and clever response, we also spoke to a few professional screen printers and finally a founder of an independent publishers. Just a little food for thought… why do you value print? Feature


Rose Pilkington

Rose Pilkington

‘Always taken by visuals, never words’ – London based Graphic and Moving Image Designer Rose Pilkington graduated from Central Saint Martins and has since continued to excite the visual senses through a collision of colours which burst forward, stimulating the mind and making it impossible for you to forget. Fascinated by themes of optical illusion and visual perception stemming from her research on the psychological effect of colour, Rose has more recently pushed her digital multi-dimensional designs and GIFs into the physical realm of print. Feature


Erin O’Keefe

Erin O’Keefe

Erin O’Keefe is a visual artist and architect based in New York and Canada. Her pictures focus on the multi-layering of surface and perspective, constructing 3D dimensions within a flat image. With a background in architecture, her photography style is clearly influenced by the same fundamentals required for this skill, with spatial awareness and viewpoint foresight playing key roles. Feature


Anthony Gerace  :: Travel Diary

Anthony Gerace :: Travel Diary

Featured previously, Anthony Gerace is a London based photographer hailing from Toronto. Summer 2014 saw Anthtony travel across America with a Hasselblad c/m 500 camera and a Yashica T4 to collect snapshots. Starting his journey in New York and driving to Box Elder County, Utah, to document Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty and the community surrounding it.
I caught up with the up and coming photographer to find out more about his carefully framed and atmospheric documentary photographs for his latest publication that represents a travel diary. Feature


Fanny Shorter

Fanny Shorter

Printmaker and designer Fanny Shorter has a real passion for printing. Since initially studying illustration at Brighton University she has now carved her way into textile and print design, and the results are stunning. We caught up with her and found out how printing changed the way she worked and what makes her tick! Feature


BB Bureau :: Side A

BB Bureau :: Side A

Type and graphic designer Benoît Bodhuin always produces work that is easily identifiable at a glance. Once again, his latest Bauhaus-inspired typeface called ‘Side A’ has achieved the goal through simplicity and character, utilising only grids, bars, and geometric shapes. By creating typefaces as an experiment, Bodhuin has managed to tear down the commercial barriers and produce type that is both unique and timeless. For this type edition, he has also created an accompanied set of three-colour posters, all screen-printed in black, yellow and red, to help promote the typeface. The posters are now available via Air Poster. Feature


Emily Hadden

Emily Hadden

Multi disciplinary designer and art director Emily Hadden specialises in outstanding visual graphics, branding, photography, collage and installation specifically for fashion. Having graduated from The Arts University College Bournemouth in 2010 after studying Illustration & Visual Communication, Emily has built up an impressive fashion orientated client list which includes the likes of Stella McCartney, Nasty Gal, Alfie Douglas, Desillusion, Liberty London, Casio, G-Shock and B Store to name but a few. Currently based between Berlin and London, Emily’s work is stand out, with gorgeous colour palettes and compositions alongside quality finishes. Feature


Playcloths :: Spring delivery 1

Playcloths :: Spring delivery 1

Progressive streetwear brand Playcloths introduce the first delivery of their spring collection. Consisting of 3 capsules entitled ‘Recess’ ‘Supercross’ and ‘OG (our gang!) war of the roses’ the range is available to buy now and focuses on a variety of themes including their deign routes, motor cross aesthetics and all over print. Feature


David Wolske

David Wolske

Letterpress artist David Wolske delights in reviving craft letterpress using his eccentric style to create powerful visual language. Slowly, layer upon layer of colour builds magical compositions. Each colour interacts with one another to form a complete, stunning image. It is fascinating to see an artist who devotes his time to working with movable type and creating an impression on the paper, especially in the decades where everyone seems to be eclipsed by mouses and touch screens. David Wolske’s output is indescribably fascinating, and we’re sure you’ll be enamoured with his fine, crisp letterpress work too. Feature


S.A.D Publication from Studio Calm & Collected

S.A.D Publication from Studio Calm & Collected

Don’t be sad! It’s official; we’ve made it through the darkest days of January, and the countdown to the S.A.D publication launch is fully underway. Feature


Joo Hee Yoon

Joo Hee Yoon

Joo Hee Yoon is a freelance illustrator based on the East Coast of America. With a deep interest in both print making and drawing, Joo’s imagery often combines a mixture of both techniques with playful tactile results spread across mediums including publications, packaging and posters. Feature


Studio Pyramid

Studio Pyramid

Formed in early 2012, Studio Pyramid is the brainchild and multi-disciplinary, alternative design studio grown by Beatriz Cóias and João Chaves. Their main areas of work include branding, packaging, editorial, web and sound design with an aim to use their graphic skills for the better, carefully selecting projects that they feel are in the best interest of society and reflect their own values. Feature


Daily Paper :: SS15

Daily Paper :: SS15

Amsterdam based streetwear label Daily Paper have recently drooped the first look at their offering for SS15. Shot in Morocco, the source of inspiration for the first chapter of their lookbook, the collection focuses on the culture, colours and fabrics of the country filled with block colour panels, and simple but effective clean all over prints. Feature


Violaine & Jérémy for Emmanuelle

Violaine & Jérémy for Emmanuelle

Simplistic yet stimulating illustration and brand identity by Paris based visual and graphics art studio Violaine & Jérémy is a perfect display of classic, hand drawn styles blended with modern art direction. Their logo and printed materials take on a symbolic stance, with triangular motifs and tribal markings adding an element of allure and storytelling narrative to the mysterious video directing company Emmanuelle. Feature


Dan Singer

Dan Singer

Dan Singer is a South London based illustrator with a passion for colour and craftsmanship. His work is predominantly print based, and he especially has a love for the art of lino cutting. Feature


Creative Mess

Creative Mess

With an ethos to change the face of the tech world and banish the generic and monotonous styles that saturate it, Creative Mess is a UK based brand specialising in digitally printed mobile accessories. Working with creative’s from across the globe such as street artist Mr Penfold, Archie Mac London and cartoonist Wolf Mask – they’re forever seeking designers and illustrative talent to collaborate with. We spoke to founder and creative director Ant Fu. Feature


Elsa Poux | Mapoésie

Elsa Poux | Mapoésie

Elsa Poux graduated from the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris and has since submerged herself in pattern design, transforming the finest of fabrics into collisions of colour, shape and narratives. Elsa is the founder and creator of Paris based fashion company Mapoésie, which originates from a willingness to mix codes, modify fabrics and weave language/poetry into printed forms. All of the designs are delicately hand screen printed onto the fabrics, with the colours and layers composed gently to achieve a beautiful result. Feature


Taylor Evans

Taylor Evans

Taylor Evans is a graphic designer based in Perth, Australia, specialising in corporate identity design, print design and branding. Inspired by contemporary and fresh visual solutions, he applies a clear aesthetic method to aid marketing strategies and promotional campaigns for businesses. His varied and diverse body of work shows an unmatched understanding for the relevant type, logo and graphic design style to suit each company he works with. Feature


Jack Taylor

Jack Taylor

Jack Taylor is an illustrator and printmaker based in South London. Jack has a distinctive style of minimal mark making. He often works in monochrome and primary coloured pallets, producing bold and structured imagery. I’m a big fan of Jack’s carefully considered silhouettes, and how he incorporates subtle textures to hint at a traditionally printed aesthetic. I also want to show some appreciation for Jack’s characters – using only a couple of lines this guy is able to convey the essence of an individual’s identity. Feature


Mr Penfold :: Masquerades and Silhouettes at No Walls Gallery

Mr Penfold :: Masquerades and Silhouettes at No Walls Gallery

The first exhibition of 2015 at No Walls Gallery is devoted to Bristol-based artist and designer Mr Penfold. Inspired by a wide range of different influences, from skateboard graphics to classical and formal abstraction, this latest exhibition, appropriately named ‘Masquerades and Silhouettes’, triumphantly demonstrates Mr Penfold’s quest to emulate the iconic pop culture and to produce clean, crisp graphic paintings – a great opportunity for you to focus more on the abstract side of Mr Penfold’s artistic practice. Feature


Carnet D’ivoire Magazine

Carnet D’ivoire Magazine

Ivan, a young, Parisian silkscreen artist who creates Carnet D’ivoire Magazine by hand, got in touch to show us this beautiful short video clip. We’re very happy that he did so because it’s totally amazing. We love getting an insight into how things are made to understand and appreciate the true merit of it’s craft. The magazine showcases silkscreen, risograph and laser printed work – limited to an edition of only 100, sold with a limited vinyl created by Jean-Baptiste Di Marco. There’s also an extra special boxed edition limited to only 5 copies. If that doesn’t make you want to buy a copy then we don’t know what will. Feature


Louis De Belle

Louis De Belle

Currently based in Berlin, Louis’ photographic work observes architecture, objects, geometry pattern and form highlighting ‘the strangeness and plasticity of isolated motifs drawn from everyday scenes.’ Portfolio highlights include his ‘Ordinary backdrops’ project shot in Japan documenting unusual views of the suburban scenario, and also his ‘Means or Transport’ photographic observations capturing close ups and a sense of abstraction through the interplay of lines and planes found in ordinary circumstances. Feature


Kemistry Gallery | 100 Years of Graphic Design

Kemistry Gallery | 100 Years of Graphic Design

London’s Kemistry Gallery was forced to close the doors on the Charlotte Road gallery space back in December 2014, but that hasn’t held them back. March 2015 sees the legendary, cutting-edge design gallery enter its next phase, having re-invented themselves as a pop-up gallery, Kemistry will present their ‘100 Years of Graphic Design’ exhibition at Protein Studios, Shoreditch. This exhibition is a retrospective of their first 10 years of visionary, inspiring and eclectic graphic design shows. Feature


Annie Vieux

Annie Vieux

Brooklyn based artist Annie Vieux portrays elements of experimental psychedelia and melting fragments of rainbow in her digitally inspired works. Flashes of iridescence glint through layers of transparency, merging with bright drips of neon that fade into dreamy hues. Exploring themes pinned around reflection and distortion, each twisted visual has a unique composition yet still hold a flow of consistency as a complete body of work. Feature


Aurélien Heilbronn

Aurélien Heilbronn

Young Parisian photographer and director Aurélien Heilbronn relocated to New York in 2012, and now resides in Los Angeles. As someone with a lifelong passion for photography (never without his digital camera in his teens) and self admittedly obsessed with photographing pigeons in monochrome – his decision to go analogue was sparked two years by the Big Apple. After borrowing a film camera from a friend in New York, he loved how “the raw aspect of the film matched the raw aspect of the city.” Feature


José Ja Ja Ja

José Ja Ja Ja

José Ja Ja Ja is an illustrator hailing from Madrid. With interests including contemporary drawing, story telling, comics and children’s books José’s clean and intricate imagery invites us into surreal abstract worlds through a selection of outputs including zines, paintings, print and 3D objects. Feature


The Bakery: Arjowiggins X Fiac Bookmark

The Bakery: Arjowiggins X Fiac Bookmark

How amazing are these beautifully printed bookmarks, designed by Russian creative agency The Bakery? Printed in the UK on luxurious papers produced by Arjowiggins, the series of hypnotising marbled chunks are for french company Fiac. Focusing on sensory curiosity, The Bakery wanted to create a physical object that was not only just interesting to look at, but also to touch. Featuring raw, uncoated stock in several weights and a range of colours made from recycled potato skins, the premium quality and vivid pattern reinforce the importance and unbeatable significance of printed materials in a digital world. Feature


Smink Things

Smink Things

We spoke to Marianne Smink who is the brains behind Smink Things. She learned the craft of print design during her time at fashion school in the Netherlands and has worked for several years in high street fashion before starting to look for ways of working that valued the uniqueness of the final product rather than its conformity. After moving to London and completing an MA in Applied Imagination at Central St Martins, Marianne began working with traditional processes to develop products that celebrated subtle imperfection. Through experimentation and a constant search for inspiration, she aims to allow beauty to emerge in every piece. This has led to her current collection of wallpaper, ceramic tiles and concrete tiles. Feature


Alan Kitching on Press

Alan Kitching on Press

January is always a dull month but thanks to The Guardian that they have decided to start off 2015 with a totally inspiring exhibition displaying the charming work created by legendary letterpress practitioner Alan Kitching. Letterpress often gives a sense of energy and enthusiasm, and you will definitely be inspired once you visit the show which is centred around the typographic experiments and type-driven design work – not to mention the chance for you to assess the relationship between the newspaper and printer. Feature


Paul X Johnson

Paul X Johnson

Originally from the northeast, Paul X Johnson is an illustrator now based in London. Depicting unsettling, strange settings and featuring vacant, stone faced characters; his illustrations are moody, atmospheric and somewhat cinematic – each carrying a narrative. Feature


Barney Cools :: SS15

Barney Cools :: SS15

Barney Cools is a surf meets street-style brand hailing from Australia that celebrates a ‘laid back coastal lifestyle’ reflecting design, surf, travel and festival cultures. SS15 sees the brand drop a print heavy offer consisting of bold floral graphics across shirts, trackies, buckets, board shorts and light-weight jackets. Feature


Leeds Print Festival 2015

Leeds Print Festival 2015

Leeds Print Festival has entered its fourth year featuring an exciting programme of workshops, print exhibitions, a talk series, and a print fair. This annual event has also brought together a host of high-profile printmakers, design champions, and internationally-renowned lecturers to discuss and debate the traditional and contemporary printmaking processes. It is truly a celebration of all things printed and is great for fans of printmaking of all types. Feature


Jennie Edwards

Jennie Edwards

Jennie Edwards is a freelance illustrator currently based in Brighton with a background in fine art. Jennie’s contemporary and colourful imagery has seen her work with clients including Dulux, British Airways, ITV, Condé Nast and Anna Lou of London, however it’s her personal work involving sleek architectural imagery that caught my eye. Feature


Serous :: An interlocking display typeface by Formist

Serous :: An interlocking display typeface by Formist

Formist has just released its recent typeface ‘Serous’ – a liquid-styled type family consisting of four different weights: Brook, Creek, Stream, and River. Founded by artist and designer Mark Gowing, Formist is a place for creatives to share design goodness, exploring contemporary, creative projects whether they traditional, digital, logical or illogical. This typographic series, Serous, is all about rhythm and fluidity. Even though the four styles were based on a set of modular rules and created on a geometric grid , still, they suggest the feeling of liquid and a watery nature, making it perfect for any large-scale prints and/or displays. Feature


Timba Smits

Timba Smits

With an obsession with art that started with fingers, paint, blank walls and presumably angry parents – at the age of 3, Timba Smits, is an Australian, East London based creative. The artist, illustrator and independent publisher claims to survive “on a diet of art + design + illustration + type + movies + burgers + hard work + more burgers!.” Feature


QVED 2015 :: Editorial Design Conference Munich

QVED 2015 :: Editorial Design Conference Munich

Quo Vadis Editorial Design is returning for its third edition with a highly-esteemed group of speakers who will explore all the dimensions of editorial trends, content, and design. Not only is QVED an annual editorial design conference, it is also a platform for debate about contemporary design matters and is usually participated by the magazine makers from across the globe as well as editorial designers, journalists, editors and publishers, both small and large scale, print and digital, worldwide. Feature


DIFT for Arck

DIFT for Arck

For their latest project, Netherlands based creative studio DIFT have designed the corporate identity and branded materials for bed and breakfast Arck. Run by two architectural designers in Belgium, the name is short for Architect Rooms and launches this February. DIFT wanted to design a collection of printed attributes that were contemporary and slightly playful to match the personality of the company, along with a series of ‘experiences’ for the visitor. Feature


Laura Breiling

Laura Breiling

Laura Breiling is an illustrator based in Germany. With a strong focus on experimentation and visualizing narrative, Laura’s portfolio demonstrates a range of techniques from collage to hand-rendered illustration and animation. For me, a highlight has to be her ‘Manly Effort’ collection of drawings exploring family issues, the nuclear family and role models. Feature


Sorbet

Sorbet

Sorbet are a multi discipline design studio based in Auckland, New Zealand. Focusing on clarity and definition within branding, they are specialists in creating visual identity with clear direction. Despite their playful name, their art direction and creative output are nothing but refined, glowing with a sense of grown up, understated elegance. Feature


Opening Ceremony :: AW15 | Kodak tees

Opening Ceremony :: AW15 | Kodak tees

I think we need to take a minute and appreciate how fresh Opening Ceremony’s new Kodak tees are! Celebrating photography for AW15 and set to drop fairly soon, the collection utilizes Kodak’s classic logo and translates bold primary colour graphics across long-sleeve tees. Feature


Aaron Draplin: Limited Edition Print for The Beauty of Letterpress

Aaron Draplin: Limited Edition Print for The Beauty of Letterpress

Designer Aaron Draplin joins The Beauty of Letterpress with a limited edition print to raise money for Hamilton Wood Type. In their quest to continue the celebration of letterpress printing and further support the future of the much loved traditional craft, paper company Neenah have released the 10th limited edition print in their ongoing series. Available from TBOL’s online store, for a small donation letterpress fans can experience a detailed and tactile work of art, with all proceeds being donated to The Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum. Feature


MuirMcNeil :: Geometric Type Systems

MuirMcNeil :: Geometric Type Systems

Legendary London-based graphic design studio MuirMcNeil have recently released four new geometric type systems along with an accompanying collection of limited-edition, silk-screened typographic posters. The series is consisted of four typefaces, all exploring the visual aspects of type and the relationship between the verbal and visual communication. Feature


Russell John

Russell John

Based in Kingston upon Thames, Russell John is an artist that works from his ‘small and hectic’ studio directing his focus towards abstract painting and mono-print. Having recently exhibited a grid of 9 mono-prints at his solo show at the Mills Centre Galler I caught up with him to find more about his inspiration and deep focus on process. Feature


Laura Knoops

Laura Knoops

Laura Knoops is a French-Belgian designer based between Berlin and Paris. She holds a degree in graphic design, graduating from ÉSAAT, Roubaix. She also studied in visual communication at the ESAA Duperré and the ESAIG Estienne in Paris along with studying in Fashion and Branding at the AMFI in Amsterdam. Her varied experiences have allowed her to build herself a profile of mixing disciplines: from graphic design to video and textile. Feature


Walter Newton :: 20 GOTO 10

Walter Newton :: 20 GOTO 10

Featuring everything so 90’s, colourful, and retro, this exhibition of Walter Newton’s pixel-based console artworks, 20 GOTO 10, is something you should not miss if you were born in the PC era. After graduating from the Royal College of Art, Walter Newton now spends most of his time in his studio in Midlands creating a powerful series of illustrations that combines small squared elements and block colours. Feature


Element 002 | OUT NOW

Element 002 | OUT NOW

We worked incredibly hard to get the magazine finished during the rush of Christmas. We hope that you’re ready for the visual delights of this issue; we have both Pantone 801u and 806u working their magic together alongside the staple process colours CMYK. Studio Heretic have designed a gorgeous litho cover which is available for £10 inc free P+P to UK and a limited edition screen printed version which is available for a mere £20 inc free P+P to UK. (We do ship worldwide too). Buy exclusively via Department Store. You better act fast because they’re selling very quickly and we will not be printing any more once they’ve gone. Feature


Black Scale X BornXRaised

Black Scale X BornXRaised

Spring sees Black Scale team up with up and coming Los Angeles based brand BornXRaised. With both brands renowned for their heavy application of bold graphics the collaborative collection feels organic and fuses their signature imagery in a bold black and white colour scheme. Feature


Anagrama

Anagrama

Anagrama are an international graphic design and branding agency based in Mexico, working for a variety of clients across the globe to develop brands, objects, spaces, software and multimedia projects. They provide services which cover the spectrum of branding from strategic brand consulting, to visual identity, logotype, naming, peripherals, captivating packaging and illustration design with focused digital and printed material demonstrating plenty of personality. Their latest project ‘Amado’ by Hyatt has a vivid colour palette with a range of novel printing finishes which caught my eye. Feature


U-P

U-P

Paul Marcus Fuong and Uriah Gray are the brains behind creative design studio U-P. Embarking on visual solutions for cultural, educational and commercial projects, the pair have mastered the art of creating sleek, innovative graphics for branding, books, websites and packaging. With their core values being positivity and experimentation, it is great to see this winning combination at work, encouraging exploration of limitation and possibility within design. Feature


(by)Build Shop

(by)Build Shop

Build, a London-based design consultancy, is adept at creating layouts to make you look twice. Their online website, (by)Build Shop, is a seamless showcase of exclusive print products from the Build archive produced to a strict edition, individually signed and numbered by the artist. Their prints are typically screen-printed or litho, and occasionally Giclée. And to make you feel even more confident about every purchase, their prints also come with a (by)Build Shop certificate of authenticity. Feature


TagsAndThrows Vol.001

Inspired by a trip to New York, TagsAndThrows started life on Instagram where OKOK would share pictures of tags with friends. Growing quick over the space of 2 years it’s now known for monochrome imagery that ‘captures the simplicity and rawness of street bombing.’ Recently dropping their first ever book, Thomas Karl-Johan Gunnarsson (the man behind TagsAndThrows) has collected a selection of personal photographs documenting hand styles from New York, São Paulo, Stockholm and Copenhagen. Spanning over 136 pages the book features a lot of well-known signatures in their signature monochrome colour palette including False, Klops, Ja, Guns, Katsu, Pear, Tomcat, Easer, Os Gemeos, Sliks, Alone and many more. Feature


Stickyscapes London by Robert Samuel Hanson

Stickyscapes London by Robert Samuel Hanson

Fans of London and bright eccentric vector artwork stickers should rejoice as Laurence King have recently published this playful sticker book showcasing the work of the highly talented illustrator Robert Samuel Hanson. The whimsical sticker book contains a sturdy high quality double sided fold away city scape (not sticky), one side has a superbly illustrated version of modern London and the reverse has a juxtaposed historical form of London featuring all the capital’s leading landmarks as they were in their heyday. Feature


In Our Manor returns

In Our Manor returns

Featured previously (here) North London’s pioneering exhibition ‘In Our Manor’ returns today for a second installment at the Hasler Gallery.Stepping it up a notch the show will consist of 3 rooms that include the group exhibition / hand-painted immersive space, an ultra violet neon bar, light progression show and live music from the BNTL DJ’s all night. Feature


Études Book 08: East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Études Book 08: East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Études studio works as a collective, producing men’s contemporary fashion, artist books and other creative services. Based in paris and New York, their most recent publication ‘East of the Sun, West of the Moon,’ displays the visual documentation of photographers Ahndraya Parlato and Gregory Halpern as they embark on a mission to record solstices and equinoxes. The book contains 48 pages of full colour images, along with text by Nicholas Muellner, proving the studio is much more then just a fashion label. Feature


Ana Catarina Pinho

Ana Catarina Pinho

Ana Catarina Pinho currently works as a freelance photographer and documentary photography lecturer based in Portugal. With a documentary approach to her imagery Ana’s work focuses on subjects including landscapes, portraits, interiors and the interaction between people and the places they inhabit. Feature


Penny Likes Paper

Penny Likes Paper

Penny Likes Paper is the ever endearing persuit of Illustrator Penny Slawinski. Steering away from traditional cutesy compositions, she brings a darker edge to her playful doodles. Featuring black and white drawings of characters, her naive style is deeper then it first seems. Lending themselves as stories both individually and as a series, each depicted scene invites the viewer to explore a narrative of darker topics such as loneliness and vulnerability. Feature


Jessica Warby

Jessica Warby

Jess Warby’s work can’t fail to brighten up your day! Her humorous and random illustrations ranging from Mrs Doubtfire illustrations to her ‘I love avocado’ patches are as brilliant as they are skilful. Adapting to multiple platforms her illustrations span from painted skateboards to plasticine models. A personal favourite is her growing collection of patches she make on her digital embroidery machine. Take a gander at her work, you won’t be disappointed. Feature


White Mountaineering X Porter

White Mountaineering X Porter

Following their recent collaborative drop Japanese labels White Mountaineering and Porter, have released a new tote to their collection for SS15. Calling upon White Mountaineering’s focus on design utility and technology alongside Porter’s dedication to craftsmanship, the bag is well considered and far from your average tote – sporting a heavy denim build, rope and leather handle and a discharge print of a tropical oasis. Feature