METAZINE is the brainchild of Nottingham based mag-man Matthew Gill, responsible for the Raw Print evenings. As the title suggests METAZINE is a magazine about the making of magazines. Issue 1 is an archive of the Raw Print talks as they happened from October 2014 through to May 2015 and the subsequent follow-on interviews conducted during the summer of 2015. It’s a beautiful and tactile risograph-printed publication, published last week and lovingly put together by Matt and the Raw Print team. It’s already pretty hard to track down, Ideas On Paper is probably your best bet.
Here’s Matt explaining a bit more about the genesis of the publication..
It all began in 2010 when I established RAW PRINT as a platform to host zine fairs and as part of my research as a lecturer in Visual Communication at Nottingham Trent University. Then in 2014 I collaborated with Alex Smith from Ideas on Paper in Nottingham to host the RAW PRINT Public Lectures. Our aim is to celebrate the exciting and dynamic nature of independent publishing in the 21st century. As a result we have witnessed a series of amazing talks by independent publishers who have given us some rare insights into their world. We are interested in what the realities are of working in independent publishing, what are the challenges now and what lies ahead in the future?
The featured speakers are: Sanj Sahota, The Quarterly Eli Ankutze, Joshua’s Magazine Miranda West, Do Books Rachel & Jody, Another Escape Lindsay & Clare, Ballad Of Timba Smits, Little White Lies Alec Dudson, Intern Steve Watson, Stack Emma & Luke, The Recorder Simon Lyle, Hot Rum Cow Mike White, Boneshaker Jeremy Leslie, magCulture
Check out a flick-through video here by Steve of Stack Magazines.
Radim Malinic [Brand Nu™] is a award winning freelance art director and graphic designer based in London. He takes a multidisciplinary approach working across art/creative direction, digital illustration, typography and music video direction to form a practice based around ‘positivity, message and meaning’.
He’s just released the Book of Ideas – a product of what he’s learned both when starting out in the industry and in the ten years since he decided to go it alone and embrace freelance life. It’s a journal of creative direction and graphic design; a collection of thoughts, musings and observations and acts as both portfolio and opinion piece, quite successfully. Compact in size and high in quality production values you can grab your own copy here.
256 pages / Paperback / Full colour litho print / 148 x 210mm Printed and bound in the UK
Luke Finch, aka WeLoveNoise recently updated his slick site with a selection of new work. Having spent almost three years as the Visual Design Lead at the excellent Method there’s plenty to check out.
A solid visual identity playing with the concept of Mexican Revolution by this team of ex-Mucho staff.
— Full credits
Design and Art Direction: Anna Berbiela, Guillem Casasús, Carlos Bermúdez & Javier Arizu
Illustrations: Anna Berbiela
Photography: Roc Canals
Stationary photography: Jan Luengo
Video animation: Gerard Mallandrich
Love this animation by Stockholm based Brikk for a Bike friendly Workplace. A fun project, which challenges companies to make their workplace more bike friendly. And by doing so, assuring that more people choose to go by bike in the morning.
You guys know we’re big fans of the OFFF festival in Barcelona. So we were pretty excited to find out about their 16th official book called Archetype. Featuring more than 100 designers, artists, filmmakers, coders and creators like Stefan Sagmeister, GMUNK, Plenty, Gemma O’Brien, Paula Scher, Sougwen, Signalnoise, Matt Lambert, Conrad Roset, Annie Atkins, Anthony Burill… you get the idea. It’s going to be awesome!
Until we find out more about the book we highly recommend you snap up one of the last tickets available and head to Barcelona from 26th – 28th May.
You’ll get to see the Main Titles by Gavin Strange and Merlin Crossingham from Aardman Animations! Witness a special surprise by Joshua Davis and MIA former drummer and activist Kiran Gandhi. An exclusive inspiring talk by Signalnoise and Wes Anderson’s concept illustrator Carl Sprague.
ANd if you’re feeling flush slpash out on a workshop. Create music with handmade instruments with Lullatone, create your own glowing product with typography workshop by Letters Are My Friends or learn about Art vs Design with The Six and Five studio. Reserve your seats!
Define Magazine launched in October of 2015. It’s an quarterly publication – each issue focuses on one word defined by a unique group of artists through various mediums. Issue 002 launches today and it’s all about shape. More than 30 artists added their voices and perspectives to the issue – a typographer, collage artist, crochet artist, photographers, painters, florist, hair stylist – just to name a few. To add your voice to the discussion, just use the hashtag #DefineShape when sharing.
“Cerulean Crew (si.ru.le.an) was founded upon a desire to make. Our products take multiple forms but are united by two characteristics: physicality and the colour blue. We release our goods in series, never reproduced beyond their initial run. Power to those who make.”
Interbrand Australia are a studio at the top of their game, hot off the heels of their rebranding of Sydney Opera House which has deservedly been doing the rounds on the design blogs, is their playful rebranding of another Australian instituation, the Australian Design Centre.
“Having established kids as ADC’s new primary focus, we needed to find a way to communicate with them (without excluding our other audiences). So we created a colourful and customisable identity system, inspired by building blocks – the universal symbol of creativity, discovery, and learning through play. But it’s not all fun and games. While the system encourages curiosity and experimentation, it always puts what matters most at the centre – no matter whether that’s a global issue, an exhibition title, or simply the name of a visiting child.”
Veronica Lethorn from Australian outfit The Company You Keep has been in touch to let us know about the launch of their new website and projects. Beautiful!
The Mexican design studio XL has just published their new website, including great new projects. They are a young and emerging studio based in Monterrey, focused on branding and design experience, and have projects ranging from stationery design to web development.
Spiros Halaris is a multi-disciplinary Illustrator, Designer and Art Director. Originally from Greece, he was trained at the University of the Arts London and has studios in London and New York, where he’s currently based. He’s got a portfolio of beautiful work for the likes of Vanity Fair, Vogue UK, The Telegraph and Sunday Times. I particularly like this recent commission by MoviePilot Magazine for their Oscars coverage.
Strategic design & branding agency D8 kindly sent us a copy of their latest coveted publication to coincide with the recent revamp of their site (which at only 4 letters long has a very enviable url!) This issue, their 7th, has a loose focus on illustration and includes some of their own recent illustrative work (by the likes of Steven Bonner, Jack Daly and many more) not to mention some fantastic commissions including Noma Bar and Andy Lovell. Beg, steal or borrow a copy, its a thing of beauty! (..or just check out their site)
Time Trial is a new interactive rock climbing video game produced by Randori, and hosted at Brooklyn Boulders Somerville twice each month. Players are given the opportunity to compete in a dynamic setting featuring augmented reality on a climbing wall. Would love to give this a try!