THIS IS THE SAME OCEAN | ISSUE 5

THIS IS THE SAME OCEAN | ISSUE 5

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


Comedy Carpet Off-Cuts | Jealous

Comedy Carpet Off-Cuts | Jealous

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


LGC Billboard | 44Flavours | Wall of Wisdom

LGC Billboard | 44Flavours | Wall of Wisdom

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


The Pop-Up Poll Booth

The Pop-Up Poll Booth

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

Ladies of Letters

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


House of Vans | Heated Words | Initial Research

House of Vans | Heated Words | Initial Research

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


2 Colour Exhibiton | LHR | Mr Gresty

2 Colour Exhibiton | LHR | Mr Gresty

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


Mel Elliot | I love Mel

Mel Elliot | I love Mel

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


TANK BOOKS | Tales to Take Your Breath Away

TANK BOOKS | Tales to Take Your Breath Away

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


North Skate Mag | Interview with Graham Tait

North Skate Mag | Interview with Graham Tait

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


VERITIES

VERITIES

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


Grahame Baker–Smith | 150 Years of Alice

Grahame Baker–Smith | 150 Years of Alice

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

Square Eye Printing

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


Zines of the Zone

Zines of the Zone

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


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


10 Print-Based Tumblrs You Should All Follow

10 Print-Based Tumblrs You Should All Follow

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


Chopped Liver Press

Chopped Liver Press

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


Calm & Collected | S.A.D Tumblr

Calm & Collected | S.A.D Tumblr

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


Free Flavour

Free Flavour

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

Postcard Club

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


Bridge Unltd :: Visual Archive 005 (NSFW)

Bridge Unltd :: Visual Archive 005 (NSFW)

Another selection from Bridge UNLTD’s wonderful visual archive, if you like the vibe you should follow them on Instagram and be sure to check out their neat selection of hand printed garments and products. Feature


Sabrina Smelko :: 365 Days of Type

Sabrina Smelko :: 365 Days of Type

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.
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I Love Ligatures

I Love Ligatures

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


Jerry Hsu (NSFW)

Jerry Hsu (NSFW)

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


Pawel Piotrowski

Pawel Piotrowski

Pawel Piotrowski is a Polish photographer / graphic designer who’s exciting work is inspired by day to day life.
I’m so hyped about his (beautifully photographed) innovative handmade pop-up ‘Sandwich’ book, which is currently seeking a publisher. Feature


Benjamin Thomas Rawson

Benjamin Thomas Rawson

Benjamin Thomas Rawson is an Illustrator based in the UK. I can’t get enough of his wavey surreal imagery blending architectural / natural forms with colour, pattern, texture and shapes. Feature


Jon Burgerman – ‘Drawings of girls I’ve seen on tumblr’

Jon Burgerman – ‘Drawings of girls I’ve seen on tumblr’

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’
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Sabrina Russo – The Condimentalist

Sabrina Russo – The Condimentalist

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’
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Print Club London | Group Show | Pick of the Bunch

Print Club London | Group Show | Pick of the Bunch

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

Georgina Teseleanu

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


Bobby Doherty

Bobby Doherty

Bobby Doherty is a photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. I can’t get enough of his AMAZING photographs full of colour, pattern and dope detail, he’s got a mean eye for both content and composition, definitely one to keep an eye on. Feature


Following Kyle from predatory bird on Vimeo.

The Predatory Bird Blog

I just came across this awesome video of Kyle skateboarding. It’s shot in such a lovely way and skateboarding is rad. Feature


NY Prisoner 63906054

NY Prisoner 63906054

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.

Check the sick blog here (start on the 1st post!)
Support and grab yourself a T here (they’re just £10) Feature


Photoshop Touch

Photoshop Touch

Photoshop Touch is here for iPad or Android tablet, iPhone or Android phone, and iPod Touch. It’s a very affordable £2.99 and you can do so much more with your images. We love it. Go and download the app now. Feature


Lovely Package

Lovely Package

This is such a lovely blog…”Curating the very best packaging design”. Simple. Feature


Cookie D’oh (NSFW)

Cookie D’oh (NSFW)

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


Glasgow Press

Glasgow Press

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


Build It Yourself- Wooden Camera

Build It Yourself- Wooden Camera

I can’t help but be head over heels with this wooden flat pack instant camera designed by student photographer Kevin Kadooka. A beautiful piece of design complimented by stunning results. Click on the plus to see what this nifty camera can produce. Feature


PASTEAK

PASTEAK

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


PRNT Studio

PRNT Studio

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.


typetoken

typetoken

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


Wrap Magazine

Wrap Magazine

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


Glasgow Press

Glasgow Press

I do love me a bit of letterpress and this Glasgow based letterpress printing company have a great blog of examples of their printing work for you to feast your eyes on. Using a Heidelberg and Vandercook press they can print from one piece to tens of thousands. Feature


HURT YOU BAD #1 “Concealed Intentions”

HURT YOU BAD #1 “Concealed Intentions”

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

Designers & Books

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 (NSFW)

C-Heads (NSFW)

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.


The Design Ark

The Design Ark

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

Salt

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.


Holly Exley

Holly Exley

A wash of dreamy watercolour from the Bristol based Illustrator, from portraits to guns, the girls got it covered.


Visual Editions

Visual Editions

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.


Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor

This is Matt Taylor, he lives in Brighton and he’s into bikes. Have a look at his vivid, fast paced portfolio but don’t overlook his blog packed with works in progress too.


Inc. Zine

Inc. Zine

There’s not many publications out there that do what Inc. Zine do, merging illustration and poetry in a fresh and exciting way. Issue 5 is out now, I also recommend listening to their pod casts, I nearly wet myself laughing.


Telegramme

Telegramme

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.


Michael Lester

Michael Lester

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

Blush

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.


Matt Lyon

Matt Lyon

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.


Shahane Hakobyan

Shahane Hakobyan

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.


James Brown

James Brown

Printmaker and Illustrator James Brown sure has a way with type, check out his bright posters on his website but don’t miss out on some of his lino print gems on his shop too.


Penguin Books Great Ideas

Penguin Books Great Ideas

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

We Love Letterpress

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.


Linocut Boy

Linocut Boy

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 :: Print

Graphic Exchange :: Print

Graphic Exchange is an awesome collection of design work, selected by Fabien Barral.


Seiko Bun

Seiko Bun

This is a non print related post, in fact…far from it. However, what you will find here is a lovely collection of Seiko’s BUN. Carefully groomed every day. What a wonderful thing.


Das Goons Surf Squadron

Das Goons Surf Squadron

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

Print To The People

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

Self Publish, Be Happy

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.


Postergeist!

Postergeist!

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.


Fecal Face :: A Guide to Screen Printing

Fecal Face :: A Guide to Screen Printing

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.


Radical Printshops

Radical Printshops

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.


Hardland / Heartland

Hardland / Heartland

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.


Printeresting

Printeresting

Printeresting is an excellent blog which is authored by contributers Amze Emmons, R.L.Tillman and Jason Urban. A fantastic online resource for everything print related – from Xerox prints to letterpress and everything in between.