Polly Nor is a freelance illustrator based in North West London. Her work is frank, devilish and unabashed in its representation of real girls and their own personal space. Her highly sexualised, bold illustrations are satirical observations of societal issues tackling the themes of gender, equality and sexuality. Her characters are unmistakably styled and what some may call ‘grotesque’, providing an alternative to the unrealistic ideal of femininity that we see on a daily basis, whether it be on the front of a magazine, in art or behind closed doors in front of our laptop screens. Instead, her drawings are manifestations of feeling and thought rather than for the sole purpose of satisfying the ‘male gaze’. Feature
Design duo Chhipa craft contemporary shirts, drawing influence from traditional techniques and the communities who continue to practice them. Claudia Borfiga, a screen printer and Lizzie Lock, a milliner by trade, grew up together and both expressed a love of design from an early age. Travelling to India and discovering the ancient craft of woodblock printing, the brand started as they were ‘standing on top of the Nahargarh Fort, reflecting on what [they] had seen and both wearing oversized men’s shirts’. Feature
Sheryl Oppenheim is an Orlando born artist, now residing in Brookyln. Escaping the monotony of control, of boundaries and of repetition, her work is inspired by the indirect processes of marbling and the idea of capturing the fluidity of an image in motion – the result is beautiful, eluding to the notion that time has stopped. Feature
Rebecca (Becki) Sinclair has always had a passion for lettering. Now a freelance hand-letterer and illustrator based in Melbourne, she is the founder of the quirky lettering Emporium The Good Type Co. With a love that grew from childhood, amusing herself with reel upon reel of that connected, lined printer paper that you used to get in the 90s and some pencils, she’s pretty much drawn continuously until today. Feature
Founded by Sam Roberts, Florecast is a limited edition print publication with a focus on skateboarding. The name, a portmanteau between floor and forecast, came from a friend assessing the floors suitability to skate after a night of rain. Documenting the sport through the medium of film photography, the magazine is an appreciation of the time, thought and precision behind each photograph. To a skateboarder, a metal rail or a concrete bank is seen in a different light and the photographs in Florecast encompass this; capturing beauty in the spaces and places seen as mundane urban landscapes in the eyes of others. Feature
With the aim to ‘revive the lost art of the written word’ and ‘celebrate the beauty and tactility of print and the joy of colour’, Fanciful pages is a London based atelier and stationary shop. Founded by graphic designer Aoife Barron in 2013 and launched the following April, she specializes in letterpress, screen print and bespoke hand bound journals. The collections are colourful, quirky and tactile, influenced by Aoife’s love of anything French, hand written letters and her penchant for a pastel palette. Feature
Andria Morales is a Brooklyn based multidisciplinary artist, who draws her influences from urban street culture, societal tradition and the politics of identity and otherness. Identity is a topic that resonates with her on a personal level and she’s always been fascinated with it, collecting every piece of personal identification she’s ever received. Her zine AS YOU CHANGE 2010 + 2104 is the first in a series of three, documenting the transition of a childhood friend from female to male. Feature
Anne Vieux is a Brooklyn based artist specialising in digital paintings. Experimenting with optics, her work challenges the typical notions of traditional painting; blurring the boundaries of illusion, depth, reflection and perspective in their twisted and distorted imagery. Feature
Photojournalist Roger Perry had a passion for documenting those on the outskirts of popular culture. Fascinated by the cities developing music scene, he started to take photos for the newly established Time out magazine in 1968. His black and white photographs soon became iconic; capturing the personalities and styles of his subjects and leading to a successful career and regular magazine contributions (Time Out, The Sunday Times, Vogue and Nova ). Now it seems books about street art / graffiti are commonplace on our bookshelves, however it was his book The Writing On The Wall (1976) that led the way, documenting London’s then ‘fledgling graffiti scene’. Feature
Wijtze Valkema is a designer and illustrator from the Netherlands. With an illustrative approach to design, his work is graphically styled, drawing inspiration from mid century printing techniques. Often character based, he also likes to contrast and soften the harsher vector shapes with printed textures. Currently working on his ongoing side project Drip For Drip, the project involves him trading a ‘Drip’ (a paper coffee cup design) for another. We chatted with him to find out a little more: Feature
Founded by Bonnie Stevens and Allie Speers, mous. magazine is an independent design and culture magazine based in Brisbane. Championing creativity and honesty in their content, their aim is to challenge the predictability and monotony of the mainstream media encouraging their readers ‘to think, question and delve deeper’. Feature
This is the Same Ocean is an annual journal centered on risograph and contemporary photography. Somewhat a hybrid, based between Berlin and Melbourne, they still like to think of themselves as an Australian publication. A stylistic exploration of self-publishing and print; they describe the journal as ‘an ongoing experiment in print and production methods, and an exercise in money haemorrhaging’. Feature
The Comedy Carpet – for those who don’t know, is one of Europe’s largest pieces of public artwork. Set in front of the iconic Blackpool Tower and stretching along the Golden Mile, the 2200m2 artwork contains over 160,000 30mm granite letters embedded in concrete. Giving a physical form to jokes, songs and catchphrases from the early days of comedy to the present, the piece pays homage to over 1000 comedians and writers. Feature
London Graphic Centre has teamed up with Berlin based design duo 44Flavours (Sebastian Bagge and Julio Rölle) on a project to encourage new talent. Currently on display at their flagship store in Covent Garden, Wall of Wisdom is the latest addition to their billboard. Feature
Allowing you to vote for the most hated politician, The Pop-Up Poll Booth is a far cry from your conventional village hall polling station. With a more unconventional take on the traditional voting method, the pop-up is a quirky and clever illustration project – and the brainchild of Third year Brighton student Holly Macdonald. Feature
Ladies of Letters came to life when two letterpress fanatics (and cat lovers) met on a picnic blanket back in 2013. The collaborative project between Meburnian artists Amy Constable and Carla Hackett aims to bring a more human element to a digitally dominated world through beautifully tactile typefaces and traditional techniques. Feature
This whole hunt began with a curiosity that quickly snowballed into an obsession, the occasional appearance within a streetwear collection or on a B-Boy event flyer let us know we weren’t the only ones preoccupied with ‘that fucking font’. Heated Words Initial Research at House of Vans documented the uses of an iconic yet anonymous typeface, illustrating the rich history and identity of a font with no name, and no known designer. Feature
LHR Exhibitions is a creative platform founded by Hackney based illustrator and designer Mr Gresty. Starting back in October 2013, they are now holding their 11th exhibition – the most recent centered on a simple two colour brief. For 2 Colour the artists were “invited to create a piece within their unique style to a 50×70 format with the limited colour palette of red and black (plus the white of the page)”. We caught up with Gresty to find out a little more. Feature
The brand started life ‘as a few badges that were made and handed out to make Mel Elliott feel better after her boyfriend dumped her’. After graduating from the Royal College of Art, Mel started her design career and her little I love Mel badges became more of a brand than a badge. Feature
Launched in September 1998 as a thick, square, small-scale pocket book with the slogan ‘Small tank, big fish’, TANK is a quarterly magazine based in London. The magazine is preoccupied with the very concept of contemporary culture, covering art, fashion, music, news, and architecture. Their editorial platform is non-conventional. As a relatively non-commercial outlet, they are driven by aesthetic and ideas rather than advertising – their aim to disrupt the homogeneity and over commercialization in the magazine industry. Feature
Founded in 2011 by Graham Tait, North is a bi annual magazine centered around a passion for skateboarding and traditional film photography. We first spoke to Graham back in 2013, but I first picked up a copy of North a few weeks ago, drawn in by its beautifully raw aesthetic. I was lucky enough to catch up with him, and discuss the background, inspiration and future of the mag. Feature
Dubbed “The Anthropology of Modern Culture”, Verities is a bi annual, self-published magazine based in London. Focused on provoking thought and reflection through observation, each issue is centred around a theme. The self-proclaimed “magazine for the ultra observant”, aims to provide new ways of looking at the mundane and the ordinary, the overlooked and the understated. Feature
Perhaps one of the most iconic and surreal children’s books ever written, Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland has left a lasting imprint on the imaginations of many a child (and adult). This year Marks the 150th anniversary of the novels publication and a landmark in literary history.
The Royal Mail has a colourful history of illustrated stamps, commemorating a vast array of occasions. This year, to mark the anniversary they have commissioned a set of ten, featuring the most well-known scenes from the book. Feature
Square Eye Printing is a non-profit platform that serves as an open resource for creatives to learn about the magical process of printmaking. Through the lens of the camera, the site showcases high-quality detailed videos, both shot for personal and commercial purposes, spanning from lithographic printing, offset printing, foil blocking to experimental letterpress and all different forms of printing. Feature
The zine phenomenon has become an ever-expanding trend of the last decade, with more and more people embracing the DIY culture of self-publishing. Zines of the zone is a mobile library and travelling exhibition dedicated to self published zines, photo books, and fanzines – pretty much ‘any DIY printed matter related to photography’. Feature
Tumblr makes it incredibly easy for us to find, share and create inspiration. It’s a platform that provides creative publicity and exposure and it’s such a great tool for us as an artist/designer to publish our work or share inspirational images without coding knowledge. There are literally thousands of great, visually-rich blogs around, but here I have selected some of my most favourite Tumblr blogs for you to stir up your hidden creativity. Feature
Showcasing unique design and content-driven approaches to screen-print, Chopped Liver Press is a publishing house run by London-based artists Adam Broomberg and Oliver Chanarin whose recent projects include a collection of typographic posters and their amazing hard-backs ‘Black Market’ and ‘Frozen Chicken Train Wreck’ – their collaborated project with Ditto Press. What’s most interesting about Chopped Liver Press is their work that deals with political, social and cultural concepts and how they often analyse their significance and situations. Feature
South London based creative studio and ones to watch Calm and Collected have spent the past year working on a number of exciting print based collaborations, and with plans up their sleeve to drop a Risograph publication early next year I was beyond hyped to find out more about their upcoming plans. With inspiration for the publication rooting from the concept of ‘S.A.D’ (Seasonal Affective Dissorder) – involving depression associated with late autumn and winter (thought to be caused by lack of light) the publication will act as a vibrant rescue pack in a colourful large format to tackle the winter blues. Feature
Beautiful packaging is something that every designer melts over a little more than most people. The delightful blog, Free Flavour satisfies all those looking for some design inspiration or just an endless selection of charming food and drink packaging. The site has both newly released products and packaging, and a selection of beautiful vintage items. We completely agree that the choices we make are highly influenced by the outer packaging, and as designers we are already consuming the flavour through our eyes and the outer design, hence the name devised for the blog ‘Free Flavour’. Check it out for yourself, if it doesn’t make you too hungry! Feature
Postcard Club is the brainchild of Bristol-based artist and illustrator Edward Cheverton who set up the Postcard Club with an idea aimed at promoting the practice of mail art and creating a resourceful global network of postcard swappers. Postcard Club is where international artists, designers and makers come to exchange handmade postcards and promote a creative culture of snail mail. Feature
Sabrina Smelko is a Canadian Illustrator working in the realms of typography, icon/info graphics, graphic animation and web design. Documented via her blog, each day of the year Sabrina has been designing and posting a custom numerical font – well worth checking out.
Iloveligatures is a delightful little typography blog that is full of lovely ligatures. Ligatures are used to improve the appearance of type, creating a smoother transition or connection between characters by connecting crossbars, removing dots over the I, or otherwise altering the shape of the characters. Take a look for some fine looking examples. Feature
Under the information section of Jerry Hsu’s Tumblr website titled ‘N A Z I G O L D’ he has written “cellular faggotry”. I’m not sure how much this tells you about him, but he has a fantastic collection of raw photographic images which give you a sense of the life that he leads. I love the freedom and honesty that exudes in his style and content of imagery. He’s touching some of those awesome buttons with his photography that my brain didn’t even know about, he is featured in Nudity Today and is on of my favourite skateboarders. Feature
Jon Burgerman is a Brooklyn based Artist that’s ‘interested in instigating improvisation and play through drawing and spectacle.’ The Artists new blog see’s him address ‘the tumblr girl phenomenon’ (the constant re-blogging of photos of girls online) joining in with a self initiated project that involves illustrating and reposting eccentric & colourful images of girls he’s seen on the website. Best explained by the man himself – ‘The idea is the new blog acts as a kind of visual discussion of this cultural trend’
Sabrina Russo is a freelance Graphic Designer that ‘dabbles in illustration, art direction and copywriting creating designs that are ‘humerous and human’. Based in East London the designer works across a range of different disciplines and developed ‘a love for all things printed’ whilst studying at LCC.
I first saw ‘The Condimentalist’ blog last week and had to share my hype about Sabrina’s dope illustrations of ‘stuff from her kitchen cupboards’
I made it down to Print Club London’s Group show last week (on till May 24th) and was really impressed by the variety of exciting illustrative/typographic imagery and super friendly Print Club fam who made me feel more then welcome and gave me the chance to catch up with my favourite Artists about their work. Read about my pick of the bunch including Sam Baldwin, Claudia Borfiga, Hannah Prebble Ben Rider & Josie Malloy Feature
Georgina Teseleanu (aka Anai Greog) is a Romanian Artist. Developing her style whilst studying psychology her imagery often takes inspiration from her work as a psychotherapist aiming to provoke an emotional response. Her exciting work is colourful, bold and geometric demonstrating supernatural worlds inside a circle. Feature
After having a browse on hurtyoubad I came across the NY Prisoner 63906054 blog and spent most of last Sunday distracted from my work reading posts.
Timothy Guvercin, the man behind it is a Britt currently locked up in America, after being on remand for 2 years he’s selling T-shirts to help fund his legal fees.
Cookie D’oh began when pals Annu Kilpelainen and Hannah Weeden found themselves working part time together at a biscuit factory. They began by making cheeky biscuits for one another, and as their creations grew, they began to collate their efforts online, which has developed quite a following. They’ve just made some super sweet snacks for Lazy Oaf, Vice, and The Haggerston Espresso Room, and at the end of the day, who isn’t won over by a witty tie-dyed biscuit? Feature
I’m quite the fan of what these guys do and regularly peek at their blog to see what they’ve been up to. This blog post about their business card boxes had me at bee. A flea, a bee, hands whittling wood and shells feature on these beautiful little boxes printed onto all 50 shades of the GFSmith colourplan range. Just lovely. Feature
PASTEAK is a creative duo made of Julien Den Doncker & Antoine Jaunard that mainly works around the beautiful process of screen printing. They are currently studying visual communication at ERG (Ecole de Recherche Graphique), in Brussels. You can buy some of their t-shirts on Check This. Feature
A Toronto based surface design studio a real swell collection of patterns and prints in their portfolio, from high contrast geometric line work to feminine but distinct florals and a clear love of colour. A great place for inspiration and they also have a submissions page for all you pattern and surface designers out there.
Lets start the New Year with a sexy bit of type from the new online magazine, typetoken. A well organised and inspiring hub of fresh, experimental, mainstream typography and visual language. Head over to the website and introduce your foggy hungover heads to some of the best design around. Feature
Issue 6 of Wrap Magazine is out and it sure is looking to be a beauty from their online snaps. Nordic Lights takes inspiration from all of Europe’s snowy countries making for a rather festive treat. It also includes five double sided pull-out wrapping paper sheets too so you can customise your gifts this year with a little extra edge. Nice one guys. Feature
Last week I received my copy of Hurtyoubads’ “Concealed Intentions” and oh my days it was worth the wait!
The graff blog of all graff blogs converted to print for the first time, showcasing years of work visually exploring graffiti culture in collaboration with topsafe.
“A Graffiti magazine with little to no graffiti in it” – you need to see it!
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Designers & Books publishes lists of books that esteemed members of the international design community identify as important, meaningful, and formative—books that have shaped their values, their worldview, and their ideas about design. In doing this they hope to focus attention on how books can be important and inspired sources of creativity, innovation, and invention.
C-Heads Magazine loves to inspire ♥ Trends, fashion, photographers, models, music, art, lifestyle, clubbing and travelling around the world. They have existed since 2006 and were founded in Vienna as the first flash-based magazine for photography, music, art & style in Austria.
A sweet design blog with a keen eye for sharp design. From packaging to architecture, they’ve got it down. A hub of inspiration.
Salt are a fresh, independent, not-for-profit, lo-fi publication and collaboration group. They’re currently looking to add to an already growing library of zines, publications and printed material that have been produced independently. Head over to the site for contact details and more information.
A wash of dreamy watercolour from the Bristol based Illustrator, from portraits to guns, the girls got it covered.
If you haven’t clocked on yet, I’m a bit of a book geek. Every geek needs that place to go and have a drool fest over the best new stuff and Visual Editions is my current indulgent website. A publishing company set up in 2009, they set out to find “great looking stories” and adorn us with beautifully crafted books. Between their blog, website and flickr these guys have got it covered.
I can’t stop wandering around Telegramme Studio’s website at the moment, this EP sleeve design for Portasound caught my eye and I though it would be a real shame not to share it with you all.
A great screen printed narrative piece based on the short story ‘Leaning From the Steep Slope’, instead of stand alone images, each square layers and incorporates stages of the story. Striking use of hand drawn elements and collage.
Blush are a bespoke and custom letterpress company from the UK who make the most stunning array of products and frequently blog their recent creations. Everything they make is flawlessly classy and unique, especially their business cards. A talented company and a blog full of inspiration worth checking out. Nice one guys.
Repeated patterns and colourful detailed typography make up the body of work of Matt Lyon’s website. As great as they are, it’s this moody delicate drawing that I fell for.
Originally from Armenia and now based in London, multifaceted artist Shahane creates these hauntingly beautiful prints through layers of experimental letterpress and print. Using unconventional methods and materials her pieces conclude to these deep textured wonders.
Penguin created this range as a sweet selection of some of the most innovative and pioneering books of our time and they’ve had the covers designed to reflect the content. Each series has been designed with it’s own style and colour scheme. If you ever need inspiration for type and layout, this is a great place to start.
We Love Letterpress was founded by Kristin as a place for all of the people who love letterpress. Simple! We love this idea and you can submit you own studio to the directory. Check out some of the rad content.
Nick Morley aka Linocut Boy is a UK based printmaker, running lino print workshops from his studio in Margate and formally involved with East London Printmakers. Check out his work as well as his blog of lino cut work from all manner of people.
Graphic Exchange is an awesome collection of design work, selected by Fabien Barral.
Hello and apologies for the lack of posting over the last week. We have been incredibly busy with some exciting new projects which we will inform everyone about in the coming weeks. Here is an awesome website with more links to ‘surf’ through. Excuse the pun! Go find out what I’m talking about.
Print To The People is a new creative partnership with the aim of encouraging creativity using the medium of screen printing run by Vicki Johnson and Jo Stafford, two people who are seriously serious about screen printing.
Self Publish, Be Happy is an organisation founded by Bruno Ceschel in 2010 with the aim of celebrating, studying and promoting self-published photo books through events (such exhibitions, displays and conferences), publications and online exposure. Self Publish, Be Happy also organises workshops that help artists and photographers make and publish their own books.
You know when you find that gem on the internet that you want to share with the world. Well that it what I just did. It’s not the easiest site to navigate around but it is well worth every click to see every miscellaneous 60’s and 70’s California concert posters and handbills.
Here is a really well illustrated guide to screen printing using a hand cut stencil before exposing each layer. Also some pretty ingenious registration tabs.
This site is devoted to building a history of late 20th century radical and community printing collectives in the UK; the poster collectives, the service printers and typesetters, the print resource centres.
The work of Eric Carlson & Aaron Anderson has a very unique style and can be seen at thisisawe.com. They are very quirky and humorous with their content and execution, for example they have some hand cut and screen printed urinal tubes for the ladies that want to stand. Also be sure to check out their Information Tunnel.