The crafty one: CR November issue

The November issue of CR is a craft special with features on several contemporary makers: from bicycle builders and bespoke shoemakers, right through to the latest creators of virtual reality

The November issue of CR is a craft special with features on several contemporary makers: from bicycle builders and bespoke shoemakers, right through to the latest creators of virtual reality…

This issue also features news of CR Club, our subscriber initiative which replaces Monograph. CR Club will offer subscribers exclusive access to events, free gifts and money off a variety of brands. Details of our first exclusive invite-only event, ‘Letterpress @ The RCA‘ – a talk by the world-renowned typographer, design and letterpress practitioner, Alan Kitching – are here.

Our November issue cover – the text of which is painted onto etched glass – is by Ashley Bishop of The Brilliant Sign Company (see below) and introduces the idea of ‘Tradition and Technology’.

And the first stop in our investigation into modern craft is, appropriately enough, the Makers Cafe in London: the first coffee shop to also offer a 3D printing service. Illustration by David Doran.

We then look at how The Partners have worked with illustrator Kristjana S Williams to create an original 3D collage for the capital’s Connaught hotel, elements of which are then used over 100 applications in the building, communicating its distinctive brand of heritage and modernity.

Introducing five original documentary films which will be soon be debuting on the CR website, we meet the makers who will be profiled in the series. And while they make everything from jeans and shoes, to cycles, signs and mobile phones, they each share a passion to create the very best in their field.

We talked to Hiut Denim Co:

The Brilliant Sign Company (whose Ashley Bishop created our signwritten cover, top):

Makers of handsewn shoes, Carréducker:

HTC, who design human- and precision-crafted mobile phones:

And Rusby Cycles:

Broadening out the notion of craft into the cutting edge of the digital world, Eliza Williams talks to some of the leading proponents of virtual reality, including Oculus Rift, Marshmallow Laser Feast and Unit9.

And finally in our craft section, what happens when great craft skills are mixed with great ideas? Studio Carter Wong know fully well as they’ve been working like this for thirty years: to celebrate their anniversary, they took us through ten of their favourite projects.

In other features we have a seven-page visual feast of graphic design from the forthcoming GraphicsRCA: Fifty Years show which opens at The Royal College of Art next month and celebrates the great work produced by the college’s students over the past fifty years.

And talking of longevity, we also look at the career of Erik Spiekermann – alongside our timeline of his life and work, we republish a fantastic interview with the designer and typographer which appears in a new book dedicated to his craft: Hello, I Am Erik, out now from Gestalten.

In Crit, Rachael Steven attends the second Modern Magazine conference, while Rick Poynor enjoys the thrill of an exhibition dedicated entirely to the Gothic at the British Library.

And in reverse formation, the front section of this month’s issue sees Daniel Benneworth-Gray attempting to navigate the York Book Fair without causing any lasting damage; while Michael Evamy looks at the various identity projects which have graced the World Trade Center, pre and post-9/11.

This issue also features news of CR Club, our subscriber initiative which replaces Monograph. CR Club will offer subscribers exclusive access to events, free gifts and money off a variety of brands. Details of our first exclusive invite-only event, ‘Letterpress @ The RCA‘ – a talk by the world-renowned typographer, design and letterpress practitioner, Alan Kitching – are here.

If you are not already a CR subscriber, you can find out about our various subscriber packages, here.

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