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


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


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


Museum Studio For Marble

Museum Studio For Marble

Museum Studio are a design consultancy based in Stockholm, excelling particularly in Art Direction, Graphic Design and Image Making. Their branding and visual identity for record label Marble is a monochrome dream, featuring fresh graphic styles and experimental patterns. The effortlessly cool black and white approach sets the scene perfectly for the range of cutting edge cover art Museum have also created for the label. Feature


Skinhead: An Archive

Skinhead: An Archive

“Skinhead: An Archive” is a powerful publication that explores the unique visual identity of a widely misunderstood and controversial subculture. The publication is a collection of visual material and texts curated by Toby Mott, an artist, designer and historian. The book has been meticulously designed by Art Director Jamie Reid and published by Ditto Press. Feature


Bien Philty

Bien Philty

It’s the nostalgic allure of the unique visual style that draws us in the work of Bien Philty, an independent illustrator from Eindhoven. With strong compositions and contrasting elements, you will surely appreciate his collage, and military-influenced illustrations that feature unexpected block colours and quirky characters surrounded by flora and fauna. What makes his work even much more remarkable is how he experiments with visual storytelling. Here, reality and myth are merged, and his genius to create gripping narratives that bring these fairytale characters to life never fails to impress us. Feature


Dario Gracceva: Flatland- Chronicle of a Bidimensional Journey

Dario Gracceva: Flatland- Chronicle of a Bidimensional Journey

Dario Gracceva is a Graphic Designer based in London, specialising in the fields of editorial, exhibition and corporate design. His project Flatland focuses on telling a narrative through visual language, inviting the reader to interact with two books that work together to provide a deeper understanding of the story. Feature


14 Best Posts of 2014 by Lo Parkin

14 Best Posts of 2014 by Lo Parkin

As it’s the start of a new year I thought it would be a great chance to look back and highlight a selection of my personal favourite web features from 2014 after discovering an ever-growing list of exciting talent. Feature


Sarah Krebietke | AE14

Sarah Krebietke | AE14

Freelance graphic designer Sarah Krebietke specialises in editorial design, typography, exhibition design and the development of visual identities. Both research and context are fundamental in Sarah’s approach to graphic design, taking great care in the slightest of details, which she values as important as seeing her projects in a broader cultural context. Having recently graduated from London College of Communication, Sarah’s master project has caught our eye in the shape of a 165 x 220 mm, 240 page, hardcover book which is titled AE14. Feature


Notebook II

Notebook II

Notebook II is the second edition of beautifully collated notebooks from Paris based printers Imprimerie du Marais. Showcasing their impeccable level of excellence and skill, they have worked on this creative project with eight talented design studios paired with art direction from Deutsche & Japaner, to demonstrate their impressive capabilities. Featuring designs from the likes of Anagrama, Partel Oliva and Present Perfect, the chic boxed set of books are a perfect display of luxurious printing techniques and refined graphic design. Feature


Ratiotype aka Wilf Whitty

Ratiotype aka Wilf Whitty

Wilf Whitty is one of those graphic designers who, sometimes, feels that computer screen holds him prisoner. Whitty, a designer from Bristol, has found a creative outlet to provide an escape after a long day with a clickety-clack keyboard and screen. He uses Letterpress – a process known for producing clean and crisp design – to research, experiment with type and print and to create work not constrained by clients and tight deadlines. Feature


Wisdom Apparel

Wisdom Apparel

Taiwanese imprint Wisdom is a brand defined by their application of clear-cut styles to manifest their urban outdoor spirit. Dropping their ‘Guerrilla Tactics’ lookbook for SS15 the collection features a military aesthetic with an array of cargo pockets, a mostly dark colour pallete and a selection of prints. Feature


Ai Can’t Be Here T-Shirts

Ai Can’t Be Here T-Shirts

Initiated by creative Zhao, a small collection of T-shirts have been created, aimed at raising awareness about the situation of controversial Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Since being detained for 81 days in 2011, the talented activist who is responsible for amazing installations such as the sunflower seeds that filled the Turbine Hall in the Tate Modern, has had his passport removed and is now not able to leave China at all. The Chinese character in the design ‘爱’ sounds like Ai, but means love and is being sold throughout China to help support Weiwei’s campaign. An English version has also been made to be stocked internationally and hopefully will encourage others to back this political cause. Feature


Sucre Paper

Sucre Paper

Sucre is a self-published, bi-annual paper which features young artists from all over the world. The Sucre team funded the project themselves, which started off as a Tumblr friendship. This third issue is about the topic of delicacy and the artists from different fields, stretching from graphic design to fashion photography. Sucre is a newspaper format publication which acts a platform to present their works and talk about what is delicate to them and what is delicate about their craftsmanship. Feature


Lune

Lune

Lune, a typeface by third year LCC student Corin Kennington which is based on the processes and aesthetics of sign painting. The development of the typeface explores the relationship between traditional means of design and digital technology. This set of three posters were designed to showcase the typeface. Risograph printed by Hato Press in Teal Blue, Flat Gold and Burgundy, and the black outlines are letterpressed using bespoke wood blocks. Each of the posters are printed on Munken Pure 240gsm. Feature


Top 50 Posts of 2014

Top 50 Posts of 2014

Here’s our roundup of the most outstanding posts that were most viewed in 2014. This special post features the best of the best, pulling together the world’s top practitioners within the creative industries. It’s the beginning of 2015 and we think it is such a perfect time for you to treat yourself to something uplifting. Feature


Nous Vous | ‘Flim, Flam, Flum’ at KK Outlet

Nous Vous | ‘Flim, Flam, Flum’ at KK Outlet

Get down to KK Outlet this evening to see Nous Vous, a London-based collective of artists spanning print design, illustration, animation and set design. This trio of creatives who each specialise in their own discipline often pull together creating something very special indeed. These guys have a solid commercial client list including the likes of Nike, Tate and New York Times, however they clearly enjoy setting self initiated projects, experimenting with ideas and new ways of communicating. Jay recently released a book published by Hato press entitled Flat, Nicolas is currently working on a body of small collages/paintings and William is continuing to develop his ceramics line ‘Somewow’. Feature


20:20 Print Exchange

20:20 Print Exchange

Do you want to see 581 prints from 42 print workshops across the UK &Ireland in one space? From this Saturday 10th January until Sunday 22nd February 2015 the 20:20 Print Exchange (2014) will be exhibited at neo:gallery27, in Bolton, and this exhibition will be the first of many to open in the neo:studios new gallery space for 2015. The 20:20 Print Exchange, which launched in 2009 as a collaborative project between Hot Bed Press, based in Salford, and Red Hot Press in Southampton, has continued to grow each year and attracts artists, designers and printmakers, asking each one to produce 25 limited edition prints on paper, (20cmx20cm) of one design, using their medium of choice. Feature


London Undercover

London Undercover

Established by Jamie Milestone in 2008, London Undercover aims to turn around the modern perception of umbrellas as a ‘boring, disposable last minute item’ and ‘return it to its rightful position as a fashion accessory.’ With the celebration of Britishness at the brand’s core, London Undercover have recently dropped a foldable, backpack stashable, wooden handled all over camo printed piece, perfect for this rainy season. Feature


Kristina Krogh

Kristina Krogh

Kristina Krogh is a Danish graphic designer and artist based in Copenhagen. Fascinated by the relationship between materials and light, she combines textures such as marble, cork, wood and paper with flashes of metallic sheen. Her dreamy prints all retain a consistent unworldly feel, featuring unusual shape formations embossed with a luxurious foiled edging. Feature


SuicideGirls | ‘Geekology’ Book Signing (NSFW)

SuicideGirls | ‘Geekology’ Book Signing (NSFW)

Get on down to the Forbidden Planet megastore in London to join the SuicideGirls for the signing of their new book, GEEKOLOGY. This book casts the spotlight on the self-proclaimed geeks of the SuicideGirls population and redefines beauty. The video game players, the comic book readers, the Trekkies and many other shining examples of the culture they’re celebrating. The SuicideGirls are a collection of more than 2,500 pin-up girls devoted to changing your idea about what makes a woman beautiful… and they’re naked. Started in Portland, Oregon, by Missy Suicide in 2001, the SuicideGirls broke conventional notions of beauty and the pin-up girl idea as defined by men’s and women’s magazines and the culture at large. Feature


We Occupy :: Latest Prints

We Occupy :: Latest Prints

Independent art platform We Occupy have just released a collection of new limited edition prints produced using screen-print and Giclée – a printing process that combines pigment based inks with high quality archival paper. Over the course of 12 years, We Occupy aka WIWP have been working closely with artists, collectors, galleries, print shops and have also served as a hub for print fanatics around the world. These latest prints are also available in signed and numbered editions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with them if you want to own one of these print gems! Feature


Mina Hamada

Mina Hamada

Artist Mina Hamada is an expert in creating imagination fuelled masterpieces, full of vibrancy and colour. Raised in Tokyo, her relocation to Barcelona had a great influence on her interest in street art and she began experimenting with large scale artworks and murals. Her work has a great childlike element to it, an escape from the ordinary and an invitation into the mind of a truly creative spirit. Feature


The Itinerant Printer

The Itinerant Printer

It’s the beginning of 2015 and the spotlight is on this project by Chris Fritton. After almost 6 years working as a studio director of the Western New York Book Arts Center, Chris Fritton has decided to embark on an artistic journey across the United States with an aim to build bridges between nationwide print communities consisting of contemporary printmakers, woodcutters and print shops. Writer, letterpress practitioner and now tramp printer Chris Fritton will be traveling 30,000 miles coast to coast and visiting letterpress print shops, universities, book arts centres, and presses across the United States in order to create unique print desirables at each venue and deliver them back to fans and supporters. Feature


Paper Pusher :: Materialists Anonymous

Paper Pusher :: Materialists Anonymous

While browsing through a selection of inspiring Instagram feeds, I came across a pocket size riso printed booklet from Toronto based publishing studio, Paper Pusher. More than just a publishing house, run by transdisciplinary media artist and scholar Jp King, they see themselves as a publication research lab, living classroom and collaborative platform, publishing artists’ books, prints, and stationary using their own Risograph RP 3700. Paper Pusher explore the boundaries of paper based products, curiously combining them with riso print techniques, which showcase the quality results you can achieve by employing this printing method. Feature


100 Years of AIGA Postcard Collection

100 Years of AIGA Postcard Collection

To commemorate their 100th year, American Institute of Graphic Arts marked their turn of the century with a postcard retrospective. 100 designers were asked to select a year from 1914-2014 and create a politically, socially or culturally inspired design from that year. With artwork from the likes of Michael Bierut, Stephen Doyle and Alexander Isley, the result is a delightful insight into the most historic happenings from the last 100 years. Working in collaboration with print company Moo, the postcards come in a boxed limited edition pack with part of the profit going towards the AIGA Legacy Fund. Feature


Research & Development

Research & Development

Founded in 2002, Research & Development are an art director duo based in Stockholm. Working in close collaboration with artists, architects, curators and museums they produce sophisticated printed matter for events and exhibitions. Adding an slice of elegance to the regular presentation of information, their brochures and books focus on slick typography and refined layout. Feature


Bernd & Hilla Becher: Photographic Typologies

Bernd & Hilla Becher: Photographic Typologies

I came across the photographic work of couple Bernd and Hilla Becher within the Barbican’s exhibition, “Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age”. The Becher’s typologies of banal buildings and structures aim to document the physical leftovers of disappearing industries. Feature


Baptiste Virot

Baptiste Virot

Baptiste Virot is a French illustrator with a trademark surreal aesthetic and a passion for traditional print processes. His portfolio includes hand-screened prints, risographed zines and peculiar comics. Virot’s style is typified by flat, lurid colours, dotted textures and unseemly characters. His whimsical style of image making hints at storytelling, drawing you in with a snapshot from a mysterious narrative. 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


Collages by Sergei Sviatchenko

Collages by Sergei Sviatchenko

A new book dedicated to the Ukranian born king of collage Sergei Sviatchenko and his work has been published. Compiled by Rick Poynor, the publication celebrates a unique retrospective of the renowned artist’s cutting compositions. Showing his most significant work from the past 10 years, his methods and ideals are explored as a pioneer of his time and even now amongst collage style internet based art. Feature


Adidas x Willkay Christmas Collaboration

Adidas x Willkay Christmas Collaboration

Not ones to miss out on the season of giving, Adidas UK have teamed up with illustrator Willkay to create the artwork for this year’s Christmas wrapping paper and greetings cards. Recreating the famous trefoil logo, the artist has hand drawn a floral design in white, black and blue colourways, which has then been used in a single format along with being transformed into a repeat pattern. The artst has previously worked with Adidas along with other clients including Converse, G-Shock and Vitamin Water. Also founder of creative force ODDKINGDOM, Willkay aims to deliver innovative visual concepts and exciting graphics through his self-made brand. Feature


VIVID :: Value Increase by Visual Design

VIVID :: Value Increase by Visual Design

Value Increase by Visual Design (VIVID) is a project which aims to create a cross-border Visual Design network of knowledge centres, universities, institutions, companies and governments, by jointly developing and introducing innovative solutions/methods in the field of Visual Design research, education, entrepreneurship, commercialisation and showcasing. VIVID have taken their results from a three-year co-operation by the nine selected european partners across northern Europe and turned them into a tangible and visually stimulating manual, using a gorgeous fluorescent pantone spot colour on the front cover and throughout as well as silkscreen printing, edge painting and foiling on the cover. Feature


Atipus Brand Identity for Rítmia

Atipus Brand Identity for Rítmia

Atipus are a graphic design studio based in Barcelona, specialising in visuals for identity, packaging and web based projects. Check out this innovative branding they recently created for social music therapist and educator Celia Castillo. Based on graphic representations of the rhythmic exercises Celia uses to treat her patients, the designs feature line based waved formations in a visually pleasing palette. Feature


Andreas Gursky

Andreas Gursky

Andreas Gursky is a German photographer and Professor. His large-scale, surveillance-style photographs employ a high viewpoint. He presents us with chaotically colourful depictions of collective existence. Gursky’s images show the patterns of industrious human activity from the stock market to supermarket. The scenes are impersonal, as the singular individual is lost to the larger inhuman form. Feature


Goodchild

Goodchild

Goodchild is a graphic artist currently based in London. Drawing on paper and paint where he can, Goodchild’s recent work draws focus to deliberately abstracted narrative, describing stories and events without words or people and by using shapes and symbols to communicate his concepts. If your as excited about his amazing work as I am there’s great news, he’s recently dropped a fresh new piece screen printed by Rarekind which is available to buy here. Feature


BFGF

BFGF

BFGF are an art led fashion brand based in LA, working with digitally printed textiles, natural fibres and hand painted fabrics. Imagine inspiration flowing from transcendent experiences, coupled with the internet’s influence, along with elements from exotic landscapes thrown in and here you have a guaranteed recipe for dreamily designed garments. BFGF focuses on creating pieces that are non occasion orientated and aim to provide a state of ease and freedom for the body and mind through their clothing. Feature


Dan Woodger

Dan Woodger

An enticing mix of deliciously colourful illustration by Dan Woodger will definitely cheer you up during the dreary days of winter. London-based freelance illustrator Dan Woodger, with a degree from University of Brighton, has established a worldwide reputation since he was commissioned to design over 1000 emojis for a mobile messaging application called Line. Feature


Ed Templeton | Wayward Cognitions

Ed Templeton | Wayward Cognitions

Ed Templeton has delved deep into his photography archive of 20 years, to select a collection of images for his latest book, Wayward Cognitions. This particular collection doesn’t fit into his usual manner of organizing by theme or subject, for instance, his previous publications were simplified themes like Teenage Smokers and Teenage Kissers. If you are a fan of Ed Templeton or follow him on Instagram, you will know that he has a camera with him wherever he goes; Wayward Cognitions is a collection of photographs from shooting in the streets without a theme or subject. “It’s about looking, people watching, finding pleasure in the visual vignettes we glimpse each day.” Feature


Simon Landrein

Simon Landrein

Simon Landrein is a London based artist who works in the realms of illustration, comics and film. With a contemporary take on comic strips often consisting of 3 block colours, Simon’s portfolio is an absolute must see bursting with bold graphic imagery and narrative that highlights flashes of pattern amongst bold outlines and prominent compositions. Feature


Kwintessens By DIFT

Kwintessens By DIFT

DIFT is a creative branding and experience agency based in Belgium that work with a number of companies and organisations to construct clarity through design based solutions. One of their recent projects includes working on design and fashion led magazine Kwintessens, a publication that comes out every three months issued by Design Flanders, in association with Flanders Fashion Institute. Each edition is dedicated to a different theme and designed by a different graphic artist, aiming to push the boundaries within the creative fields of art direction and style. Feature


Sigmar Polke: Capitalist Realism & Dispersion Paint on Canvas

Sigmar Polke: Capitalist Realism & Dispersion Paint on Canvas

True to form, the Tate have curated a formidable Sigmar Polke retrospective. A radical experimentalist; Polke’s work aimed to challenge the consumerist culture that emerged in post-war Germany. Fascinated by advertising as a vehicle to mediate capitalist ideas, Polke created a process for distorting the images at its heart. Feature


People of Print Survey 2014

People of Print Survey 2014

It’s almost the end of the year 2014 and nothing is more important for us than making People of Print better for 2015. Here at People of Print, we are continually growing and are aiming to provide the international creative industry with a daily dose of useful inspiration. Please help us make People of Print better by answering this simple survey. We simply want to know how you experience People of Print and what you think could improve our services. The information that you provide will remain anonymous and help us understand our audience demographic better. The multiple-choice questions only take two minutes on average. Thank you for your time. Take the survey. Feature


Air Poster 2014

Air Poster 2014

Today sees the launch of Air Poster – an annual exhibition showcasing an extensive range of print posters created by a list of top-notch design studios and graphic designers from France. As varied as they are impressive, the posters displayed at the event aim to debate on the status of poster design, demonstrate the relationship between shape, form, and colour as well as to serve as examples of international contemporary graphic design scene. Feature


Brian Flaherty

Brian Flaherty

Brian Flaherty is an editorial and documentary photographer born and based in San Francisco. With his inspiration rooting from unfamiliar places and finding narratives in the mundane Brian’s work documents people places and fragments of life through crisp compositions and an array of beautiful colours. Feature


Jonna Saarinen

Jonna Saarinen

The other week I had the pleasure of meeting Finnish textile designer Jonna Saarinen and seeing her vibrant printed wares in the flesh. I was hugely impressed by the layers of overlapping screenprinted shapes in an uplifting range of colourful, punchy hues. Inspired by Nordic nature and personal memories, Jonna develops her designs through hand drawing, mark making and screen printing. Working from her South London studio, her self titled homeware label includes tea towels, trays, coasters and plates. Feature


50 years of Illustration

50 years of Illustration

50 years of Illustration, there’s a clue in the name, visually charts the history of contemporary illustration. From the idealistic reforms of the 60s, to the gritty realism of the 70s, through the boom and bust of 80s consumerism, and into the digital revolution of the 90s (and beyond). The book looks at the relationship between illustration and popular culture, and its influences on the world of design through the decades. Feature


Maharishi X Undefeated

Maharishi X Undefeated

Maharishi and Undefeated have recently joined forces and dropped a collaborative collection for AW14. With military themes a huge source of inspiration for both street wear brands the collection features both Maharishi’s signature camo prints alongside Undefeated’s application of bold graphics with highlights including their embroidered tiger jacket and all-over disruptive court print custom trousers. Feature


1000pc CMYK Gamut Jigsaw | Clemens Habicht

1000pc CMYK Gamut Jigsaw | Clemens Habicht

’1000 Colours’ is a 1000 piece, CMYK gamut jigsaw puzzle by designer Clemens Habicht. Each segment is covered by an individual shade of colour, with the aim being to place each part in relation to its surrounding tones. The creator discusses how this particular puzzle is actually easier to complete than a traditional image based one, due to the fact that you begin to recognise direct relationships between colours and tone. Feature


Joseba Elorza

Joseba Elorza

Joseba Elorza is an electro producer and digital collage artist. Music production and collage go hand in hand as the methodologies behind both practises incorporate the cutting of something into samples and subsequent rearranging to create new melodies. Feature


Sam Baldwin

Sam Baldwin

London based illustrator and screen printer Sam Baldwin graduated from Saint Martins in 2012, and has since specialised in hand drawn pen and ink drawings which combine curious fantasy characters with humorous narratives, turning reality on its head. Feature


Jeffrey Dell

Jeffrey Dell

American artist Jeffrey Dell is a talented screen printer and also a professor at the Texas State University. Teaching coinciding with creation, Jeffrey has produced a respectable body of work over the years in addition to hosting lectures and exhibiting in a number of locations. His prints focus on themes of perception and human impulse, featuring slices of vibrant gradients coupled with distorted depth of field and an assortment of slanted angles. Feature


Walead Beshty: A Partial Disassembling of an Invention Without a Future: Helter-Skelter and Random Notes in Which the Pulleys and Cogwheels Are Lying Around at Random All Over the Workbench

Walead Beshty: A Partial Disassembling of an Invention Without a Future: Helter-Skelter and Random Notes in Which the Pulleys and Cogwheels Are Lying Around at Random All Over the Workbench

Walead Beshty is a London born artist, writer and professor. Beshty’s immersive takeover of the “Barbican curve” is the culmination of a year’s worth of print making and comprises over 12,000 separate cyanotypes. Distinctive in their rich blue colouring, cyanotypes are the product of a seminal photographic process. It is a palpable practise by which natural sunlight can be used to expose an image to varying degrees. Feature


Stephen Shore

Stephen Shore

American photographer Stephen Shore is best known for recording banal scenes of his home country. Throughout the first twenty years of his life he resided mostly in a modest few square miles of Manhattan, New York. Come the early 70s, Shore set off on a road trip to Texas looking out at the landscape from the passenger seat of a friends car. He takes an attentive look at what is very ordinary, and often overlooked, amongst the sprawling American terrain. Feature


ONLY NY | Holiday ’14 Lookbook

ONLY NY | Holiday ’14 Lookbook

ONLY have launched their Holiday ’14 Lookbook which was shot by Ashton Alexander. The collection includes a variety of hats, beanies, tees, fleece, and bags. The full range is available at their flagship store at 176 Stanton, NYC and via their website along with select retailers around the world. Produced in limited quantity and made in USA. Feature


Mat Maitland

Mat Maitland

With the likes of Michael Jackson, Prince and Muse to name a few, Mat Maitland is an award-winning illustrator and designer boasting an impressive list of clientele. As creative director of London based agency Big Active, he was no longer content with sitting back, overseeing and letting freelance photographers and illustrators do the work for him. His playful neon colleges work ‘in different, yet complimentary ways’ creating an entirely new perspective, through abstracting images and fitting them back together within a different context. It is these collages that have led him to become a world-renowned artist, designer and image-maker in his own right. Feature


Eddie O’Keefe

Eddie O’Keefe

Currently living and working in Los Angeles, Eddie O’Keefe is a 21-year-old photographer, filmmaker and founder of art collective Teenage Head. After a near fatal accident that left him blind in one eye, he picked up his dad’s camera to escape the inevitable boredom of recovery. Shot on film, his photographs exude nostalgia from a bygone era in a gritty cinematic style inspired from 1950s rockabilly and cult classics of the 80s and 90s. Feature


Vicky Moon

Vicky Moon

Vicky Moon is a photographer currently based in Los Angeles. Motivated by a love of both architecture and interiors Vicky’s portfolio is a pleasure to browse through. A particular highlight for me was her project titled ‘Expired L.A.’ in which she explored her fascination with drama created by the night sky and documents run down buildings and neon signs at night with expired 4X3 duplicating film creating stunning blue and purple hues. Feature


The Jaunt | Combining the two best things in life: Art & Travel

The Jaunt | Combining the two best things in life: Art & Travel

The Jaunt is a unique art project that combines the two best things in life: Art & Travel. The Jaunt sends artists all over the world to step outside their comfort zone and experience new surroundings. Each trip organised by The Jaunt sends an artist to a new destination to inspire. Each trip is different, because each destination and artists is different. Once the artist returns from the trip their new-found inspiration is translated into an artwork and produced as a limited edition, hand made screen print each personally signed and numbered by the artist. Feature


Nounua

Nounua

Nounua is the ongoing project of Barcelona based visual artist Gráinne Nagle. With knowledge of both fine art and graphic design disciplines, the aim of this series is to blur the boundaries between the two. Shape, line and form all feature strongly throughout each collection of screen prints, with striking simplicity providing the fundamental quality behind each design. Feature


Done London

Done London

Done is an up and coming screen print studio / fashion brand inspired by youth culture and based in Lewisham. I was lucky enough to catch up with the brand and find out more about how it all started and their debut first collection in collaboration with People of Print favourite Matt Manson. Feature


Amadeus Magazine

Amadeus Magazine

‘Amadeus magazine is a quarterly, bicoastal arts and culture print magazine, showcasing innovative creators and their artistic niches.’ Undefined by destination, Amadeus has a team of talented contributors stretching all the way from LA to Boston. Casting a net over creativity, they aim to capture and present the very best artfully skilled individuals from all over the country. With a DIY approach to design, the visual elements of this magazine focus primarily on highlighting the unique ability of each artist. Feature


G.F Smith Photographic

G.F Smith Photographic

In the course of 130 years of their existence in the English creative industry, internationally-renowned paper company G.F Smith never fail to astonish us and once again they are launching their new webpage, offering individual photographers framing solutions, mounting and bespoke design services. Feature


Peter Judson

Peter Judson

We’ve had our eye on London based designer / print maker Peter Judson for a while now, and after a recent visit to his website to see what he’s been upto he did not disappoint. Gaining an ever growing and impressive list of clients, Peter’s signature graphic, bold and shape-based imagery is as inspiring as ever – you need to check it out. Feature