Want to learn a new skill? Hone your craft? Or just switch off that Mac and do something a little less boring instead for a while? Then our August issue is for you with details on workshops, short courses and a host of ideas to reinvigorate the creative mind
But before we get into that, we have a great feature on a special edition of Nick Cave’s latest album which includes a lovingly-produced facsimile of the singer’s notebooks, featuring “Rants and screeds, embarrassing digressions, photographs, drawings and scribbles that in a sane world should never see the light of day”.
Readers of a certain age will remember the BBC’s summer holiday show Why Don’t You Just Switch Off Your Television Set and Go and Do Something Less Boring Instead? While we sat, slack-jawed on the sofa, curtains drawn on the sunshine outside, kids in flares desperately ried to interest us in much healthier activities.
Well, our August issue is (sort of) in the same spirit. We’ve focused on courses, workshops and schemes whose aim is to teach new skills or refresh tired minds.
Illustrators Studio Tipi imagined the perfect CR University, featuring all kinds of legendary guest lecturers for our piece listing creative short courses around the UK, including, our favourite, a course on Understanding Scottish Mountains at Duncan of Jordanstone. Studio Tipi were also responsible for our cover this month
Then we look at the growing number of organisations teaching creative coding and physical computing, including Decoded and the Manchester Digital Laboratory
If you’re not getting the right kind of people to work in your agency, why not grow your own? We look at 72U, the in-house creative educational programme set up by LA agency 72andSunny
Social enterprise The Amazings allows you to learn skills and crafts from your elders. Now it’s switching to an online learning model
Illustrator Andrew Groves shares his passion for wood carving in a series of MIscellaneous Adventures workshops run in the depths of the Sussex woods near his home. Our own horny-handed son of toil Mark Sinclair goes for a lesson and learns how to carve a spoon, sort of
Dissatisfied with the Masters programme they were teaching at a major university, Barcelona-based studio TwoPoints.Net set up their own series of design courses in their home city and in Berlin. They explain how Design Werkstatt works
Fancy learning handlettering? In beautiful surroundings? Lettering artist Lieve Cornil explains the drive behind launching her unique school, Studio XII
In Crit this month Justin McGuirk visits Brazil’s graphic design biennial but gets caught up in the country-wide protests accompanying it.
Michael Evamy lauds the evolution of the Barbican’s graphic identity.
We look at how designers responded to and supported Turkey’s recent protests
Daniel Benneworth-Gray discusses the importance of specialising as a designer. And quiche. While Paul Belford celebrates some first class advertising for Intercity trains and notes that the best advertising often does not look like advertising at all
Our Monograph supplement this month, for subscribers only, showcases a Print Club London project around this year’s Film4 Summer Screen film screenings at Somerset House. Sixteen illustrators were asked to select a film from the roster of screenings and create a two colour print inspired by that film.
So that’s our August issue. Pick up a copy: you might learn something