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  • The Story of The Face is documented in all its punk infused brilliance

    Launched by NME editor and Smash Hits creator Nick Logan in 1980, The Face was Britain’s first youth magazine to present ‘youth subject matter’ beyond music alone. A strong voice of urban identity in the age of Thatcher, it rapidly became an icon of ‘style culture’, the benchmark for the very latest trends in music, fashion, photography and film.

    The publication "The Story of The Face" tracks the exciting highs and calamitous lows of the life of the magazine in two parts. 

    Part one focuses on the rise of the magazine in the 1980s, highlighting its striking visual identity – embodied by Neville Brody’s era-defining graphic designs, Nick Knight’s dramatic fashion photography and the ‘Buffalo’ styling of Ray Petri. The Face introduced Spandau Ballet and Boy George; Wham! and Sade, and was an early showcase for the works of Robert Mapplethorpe, Bruce Weber and Cindy Sherman. Part two shows how in the 1990s, after surviving the Jason Donovan libel suit, the magazine heralded the post-acid house era of Britpop and Brit Art, shifting its focus from London to the regions. However, The Face met its eventual demise in 2004. 

    With an introduction by Dylan Jones, the book -a celebration of British pop culture in the late 20th century per The Guardian- is one of the most influential publications a creative should treasure. 

    Grab your own copy here

     

     

    11Jan
  • Pentagram breathes the Manga spirit into type

    Titled "Mangasia: Wonderlands of Asian Comics" the Barbican's latest exhibition explores the history of Asian comics, featuring graphics and installations created by Pentagram.

    The exhibition which is currently on tour at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, Italy, sees original manga artwork from countries including Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan.

    Curated by comic book expert Paul Gravett, the exhibition highlights some of the most famous creators, characters, graphic novels, magazines and multimedia from the world of manga, as well as the creative processes behind them. It also looks at the wider impact of manga on film and TV, music, games, fashion and contemporary art.

    "Pentagram partner Marina Willer has created the visual identity for the exhibition, which takes cues from the storytelling devices used in manga comics. These include panels featuring comic storyboards that are set at different angles and sizes. The panels appear in various colours, including bright red, yellow and pink, to distinguish each of the exhibition’s different sections and themes, and help guide visitors through the space" reports Design Week.

    Mangasia: Wonderlands of Asian Comics is running at Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Via Nazionale 194, 00184, Rome, Italy until 21 January 2018. The exhibition will then tour to Nantes, France from June to September 2018.

    Check more here

    09Jan
  • Sam Winston's typographic art just made the darkness visible

    We are madly in love with Sam Winston's extraordinaire typographic art -and we are not alone. Southbank Center presents Winston's latest experiment "Darkness Visible" and invites us to enter this participatory installation by the renowned artist who continues to explore perception and spoken word.

    After spending a number of weeks in his studio, living and drawing in complete darkness, Sam Winston has created an immersive exhibition which allows you to experience the creative impact of darkness. 

    You can enter a newly commissioned dark room which is completely covered in text that has been written by the artist during the creation of the installation.

    In addition, a number of the UK's leading poets have been commissioned to spend time in the dark and respond poetically to the experience. These poets include Emily Berry, Kayo Chingonyi and George Szirtes, whose new poems are available to read and hear as part of the exhibition.These text works, including the artist's text maps, create a written document of the often overlooked world beyond the daylight. Darkness Visible invites you to engage with what happens beyond the visible and to place the darkness at the centre of your perception.

    Darkness Visible by Sam Winston is on until 31 Jan 2018. For more info check here and don't forget to revisit our exclusive interview with Winston here.

    05Jan
  • Other Forms are breaking new ground in publishing with type

    Mobile research and design collective working in multiple intersections of architecture, graphic design, and publishing, Other Forms -the studio of Jack Henrie Fisher, Jonathan Krohn, and Alan Smart - produces exhibitions, publications, writing, and typography, and anticipates the possibility of architecture.

    Other Forms considers “how design reflects and critiques, in semi-autonomous marginal spaces, the material and social conditions of its practice” and in each of their project the designers “seek to open or reveal surplus spaces for the production of speech and writing”. As a studio, Other Forms “works contingently and dialectically, making it up as they go along, each step retroactively illuminating and reformulating the ones before, in the construction of an incomplete sentence about work, language, and politics”.

    Counter-Signals, this periodically produced journal addressing, in variable iterations, convergent aspects of design, media, and politics is just one proof of their mission. The second issue of CS “Hieroglyphs of the anti-commodity” documents and theorizes forms of militant aesthetics in the histories of art, labor, and typography, among other things. 

    Explore more here

    04Jan
  • Have a very bold 2018 with Jiri Mocek's typographic portfolio

    “I’ve been collecting and playing records for over 12 years, so my first experience with graphic design was through designing posters for DJ gigs and sleeves for mixtapes,” says Czech Republic-born Jiri Mocek to It's Nice That. The bold and vintage aesthetics of Mocek are an inspiration for an even bolder 2018 and we dare you explore his portfolio here.

    03Jan