Nice publications

Time for one of our regular round ups of lovely printed publications. Included is the new issue of Centrefold magazine, the latest hardback graphic novel from Nobrow, an illustrated diary by Jon Burgerman and an unusual mailer by Crispin Finn…

Time for one of our regular round ups of lovely printed publications. Included is the new issue of Centrefold magazine, the latest hardback graphic novel from Nobrow, an illustrated diary by Jon Burgerman and an unusual mailer by Crispin Finn…

OK, so it isn’t technically a publication as such but seeing as this mailer by London-based design duo Crispin Finn is based on a ‘book’ of matches, we felt that it qualified to be showcased here. At 145mm x 175mm it is substantially larger than an actual book of matches.

Inside each “match” bears the Crispin Finn website address and can be torn out, although rather than be used as a giant matches, they can be given out as unusual business cards.

Part sketch book, part diary, illustrator Jon Burgerman‘s new self-published 92 page book, My American Summer, charts his constant struggle with procrastination. It also records his journey from hometown Nottingham to New York where he starts a band, eats burgers for breakfast, and draws unsuspecting people in cafes and pretty much everything else going on not just around him, but in his mind.

My American Summer costs £12 and is available from

The latest book to issue forth from London’s excellent Nobrow publisher is No Man’s Land – a 140 page graphic novel written and illustrated by French illustrator Blexbolex. The book, a sequel to the artist’s 2010 book, Dog Crime, is as terrifying as it is beautiful: the main character, a hard-boiled detective begins the film-noir style narrative by condemning himself to death (for crimes against a dog) and very promptly shoots himself.

What follows is a mind-boggling (and eye-popping) journey into the main protagonist’s psyche as it hovers between life and death, conjuring up horror after horror to do battle with, rather than simply succumbing to the inevitable.

It’s intense, but it’s also hard to put down. Printed in three spot colours, the hardback book is priced at £19 and can be pre-ordered now from

Here at CR towers, we get sent a lot of promotional bumpf from paper companies who are always looking to devise interesting ways of showing off their stock. This particular tome from Fedrigoni landed on my desk this very morning and is rather nice to leaf through.

Using a combination of clever lasercuts and coloured foils, Our Grand Tour takes the beholder on a journey around the globe taking in the sights of India, China, Italy, France and the UK – and also, but of course, the book also takes the viewer through Fedrigoni’s Marcate colour paper range. Here are some shots:

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The latest issue of Centrefold magazine has been guest edited by Plus Agency and features previously unpublished work by a selection of artists including David Bailey, Mary McCartney, Patrick Hughes, Jonathan Yeo, and Robert Wyatt. The issue is comprised of a series of unbound A3 folios housed in a textured card box.

Here’s a film showing this issue of Centrefold being explored:

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The June issue of Creative Review features an interview with the editors of new book Pretty Ugly: Visual Rebellion in Graphic Design. Plus a profile on multi-award-winning director Johnny Kelly, a look at the latest techniques in movie marketing, the mission to cross CGI’s Uncanny Valley, a review of the Barbican’s Bauhaus show, logos by artists and much more. Plus, in Monograph this month, we look behind the scenes at the making of an amazing installation for Guinness, carved from solid wood.

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