IDN, the legendary Hong Kong based design journal got in touch recently to feature the Not My Type show we curated back in April. Inviting 35 illustrators, artists and designers to each interpret a letter from the alphabet (and a few extra characters). Along with everyone here at Fluid, additional contributors included Jon Burgerman, I Love Dust, Sam Pierpoint, Lewes Harriot, Dan Westwood and members of The Outcrowd.
Yanko Design is a web magazine dedicated to introducing the best modern international design, covering from industrial design, concepts, technology, interior design, architecture, exhibition and fashion. It’s about the cutting edge and the classic, the new and the rediscovered. It’s all about the best.
Lucas Badtke-Berkow has been exploring the world of the printed page in Japan for the past 16 years with his company Knee High Media, producing inspirational, independent and open-minded publications and consistently looking at things with new eyes and an infectious inquisitiveness of the world around him.
Starting with Tokion magazine (which I wrote about 11 years ago in Level issue 05—that’s the ‘part 1’ of this story) Lucas and his company have remained absolutely true to their values while developing new and exceptional places, products, events and publications for themselves and others—and most importantly, for this one-island Earth.
Here’s the full story of the singular Knee High Media I wrote for Level recently with a whole load of archive photographs and cover art, linked below. Part 2 of The In Sound From Way Out, The Story of Knee High Media, complete with slideshow.
Nice to see The DRUM showing some support for our 15 year birthday cake. The DRUM is a national monthly magazine that covers – advertising, design, digital media and PR. Their Website is worth a bookmark with an upto the minute account of what’s going on in the design industry.
Check out their site HERE.
We heard today that the Abracadabra Island zine by myself and Jonny has been included as part of the Tate Gallery’s Rude Britannia exhibition which is on at Tate Britain from 9th June until 5th September. The book will be exhibited in the British Comic Art area of the show, something we’re really excited about.
The same title will also be exhibited and sold at this years Tokyo Art Book Fair organized by Zine’s Mate which runs from 30th July to 1st August in Shibuya and Chiyoda. Last years show was an amazing success with over 150 exhibitors and 8,000 visitors. including exhibitions by Nieves, Paperback, Printed Matter, Daiwa Press, Taka Ishii Gallery and Motto.
I just love people who photograph / Scan and meticulously catalogue design work from a time gone by and add it up to the world wide web. I don’t know where these people find the time to undertake such projects, but my life and research folders would be a little emptier if it was not for committed obsessive compulsive visual hoarders. Here are my top three this month.
One – Hard format Shining the spot light on the musical physical format. Two – Book-Worship. Celebrating the brilliance of books they certainly don’t make them like the used to. And Last but not least Sleevage.
What they said – The current owners of Adventures in Publishing (the company which publishes Grafik) have decided to liquidate the company, so unfortunately we are unable to print the magazine for the foreseeable future.
What we said – Sad to see such a bastion of good design go down, Maybe it will resurface in another shape or form. Some better content wouldn’t go a miss though.
Fire and Knives is a new magazine, crossing boundaries never seen before in print; good design and food. Founded by the Guardian’s chief food blogger Tim Hayward and designed by Rob Lowe (previously worked on Sleaze Nation) and Cathy Olmedillas who form Present Joys , it’s an incredibly refreshing, advert free look at food from the perspective of new writers who are truly passionate about the culinary world, as opposed to the somewhat removed perspective of connoisseurs. Every story is accompanied by some really great illustration, again from young, sometimes unpublished practitioners. Click here for their site and to buy issue two.