This week we have things that will make you smile, things that will make you think, things that will make you hungry, things that will massively improve your wardrobe, things that will inspire you to design your own typeface, things that will brighten your day, things that will make you feel warm inside, and things that might even inspire you to start making and sending us your own wonderful things.
The Runcible Spoon: Vol. 4, Issue 3 – The Bland Issue
This is a scrumptious-looking zine with a deliciously plated-up table of contents. Particular highlights have got to be a cat named Miso making sweet tofu pudding with her owner, and an essay on popcorn that you can really sink your teeth into. The zine is chopped and whisked together in Washington D.C with scissors, glue and scraps of Food and Wine magazine, and the concoction is anything but bland. We might even go as far as to say that The Runcible Spoon is cooked to perfection.
Elliot Stokes: Small Talks
Here’s another zine to add to the mix of this week’s Things – a subtle and insightful collection of wiry portraits and shrewd dialogue that will bring a little smile to your face. We love the simplicity of the layout and the expressive, jagged facial expressions of Elliot Stokes’ characters. After reading this zine you may even start to think that small talk isn’t such a bad thing after all.
Arthur Haegeman: Colofon
On first glance, this fantastically put together project is reminiscent of Connect the Dots. On second glance, you realise that the concept isn’t actually that dissimilar to the much-loved children’s game at all, but is a version for grown-ups, specifically ones with interests in typography. As part of graphic design student Arthur Haegeman’s project on modular type-design, he’s sent out this booklet of 3 × 5 point grids that invites participants to create their own typeface by connecting up the dots. Once you’ve filled up the book with your own typographical creations, you simply fold the book’s sleeve in on itself so that it becomes a self-contained envelope, and you mail it back to Belgium for Haegeman to analyse and hypothesise over. So if you’re a kid disguised as a graphic design enthusiast disguised as an adult, you’ll definitely want to make a connection.
Will Robson-Scott: Visiting
Will Robson-Scott visits four sets of individuals in this perceptive publication documenting both his photography and film work. Each “visit” is like a story, the images suggesting more than words could and giving us a real insight into the lives and characteristics of those that are documented. Delicately laid out against the neutral white of the page, the eye is drawn with ease across the images as they subtly suggest and unravel little hints of narrative, which the sparse and decorative quotes help to enrich. A very hushed and beautiful book, and a thing of great insight and personality.
Annu Kilpelainen: Unfinished Business for Bottle of Smoke
Our last thing of the week is this super, summery t-shirt from Bottle of Smoke, designed by our favourite neon fanatic Annu Kilpelainen. We particularly like how the blue sky and blue sea ooze into the white of the tee, and can’t think of anything better to get you into a summer mood this grey May weekend.
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