Things We Like

The weekly round-up of things we like on the Design Week news desk.

We Can Be Heroes

cover of We Can Be Heroes by Graham Smith
cover of We Can Be Heroes by Graham Smith

We Can Be Heroes: Punks, Poseurs, Peacocks and People of a Particular Persuasion London Clubland 1976 – 84 is a tome that ticks all the boxes for Design Week: sublime photography and design, alliteration, punks and Boy George.

Graham Smith 1982

Source: Copyright Graham Smith

Graham Smith 1982

The book is designed by the era’s club photographer Graham Smith. Text by Chris Sullivan accompanies Smith’s photography of clubkids such as Steve Strange, Boy George and Gary Kemp, showing the clubland disco dollies being lured to a life of vice in all their glittering, PVC clad glory.

The book is published this week by Unbound. See their website for more information.

Steve Strange at Hell 1980

Source: Copyright GrahamSmith

Steve Strange at Hell 1980

Lisa Lloyd’s Little Creatures

Lisa Lloyd's Prawn Chopsticks
Lisa Lloyd’s Prawn Chopsticks

Lisa Lloyd has created these very cute cardboard critters, starting off by sketching the idea out in Illustrator and then building the basic 3D forms in card, adding paper shapes along the way to create texture. They are then photographed and manipulated in Photoshop to create the hyper-real feel of the resulting pictures. We really love the Midnight Moth walk piece, with its spiky inhabitants. Lloyd describes it as ‘an atmospheric moonlit world that felt playful but also a bit dark and surreal’; we say ‘awwwww.’

 

Lisa Lloyd's Midnight Moth Walk
Lisa Lloyd’s Midnight Moth Walk

He’s Not the Messiah…

This sweet print was created by Stuart Tolley at Transmission to celebrate 25 years of Monty Python’s Life of Brian. The typographic design was printed with white ink onto Mirri Radiance paper to create the iridescent effect. The limited edition print is available from Unlimited Editions.

Monty Python Life of Brian Messiah poster by Stuart Tolley at Transmission
Monty Python Life of Brian Messiah poster by Stuart Tolley at Transmission

Lomo’s Leather Spinner 360

Leather Edition Spinner 360 Lomography Camera
Leather Edition Spinner 360 Lomography Camera

The clever analogue camera experts Lomography have done it again – creating a camera that looks as gorgeous as the pictures it takes. This time, the Spinner 360 has been given a leather makeover to keep it warm for winter.

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