Nice publications

It’s time for another crop of nice publications, this time featuring the latest from Nobrow, the new issue of Ideas Illustrated, plus a newsprint publication by a group of graduating photography students…

It’s time for another crop of nice publications, this time featuring the latest from Nobrow, the new issue of Ideas Illustrated, plus a newsprint publication by the graduating students of the Photography for Fashion & Advertising course at the University of Wales, Newport…

First up is the latest fold-up pocket guide from Herb Lester Associates, who assemble city guides and then commission illustrators and designers to design them to its handy pocket-sized format. The Supertime Amsterdam guide promises to be “a guide to the usual and unusual” and folds out to reveal a simple graphic map of the Dutch capital on one side with numbered locations:

Flip it over to find info about each location which falls into one of three categories: Shopping and supplies; Places to eat & drink; and Things to see and do.f

Design and illustration by Thom Lambert.

High Times, is the newest addition to Nobrow‘s Leporello series of double-sided, concertina-folded publications that can be read like a book, or extended to be displayed on a mantlepiece or shelf, a big one: it extends to a whopping 139cm long!

The history of manned flight is the subject of High Times and Berlin-based duo Golden Cosmos (aka Doris Freigofas and Daniel Dolz) begins the journey by depicting Icarus’ ill-fated feather-assisted flight and ends it (almost three metres of illustration later) with man’s arrival on the moon.. It comes in a card dust jacket, which acts as a kind of key to the illustration, picking out some of aviation history’s key moments, contraptions and dates.

High Times will be priced at £10 and available soon from Nobrow.

Photographer RJ Shaughnessy‘s self-published Stay Cool book is full of photographs of teenagers and young adults doing what they do best. Namely, wandering around town (in this case, L.A.), doing wheelies on bikes, climbing lamposts, jumping into bushes, doing handstands, pushing each other around in shopping trolleys, snogging each other and y’know, doing crazy kid stuff…

See more of the images at

Plus / Minus is a newsprint publication, put together  by the graduating students of the Photography for Fashion & Advertising course at the University of Wales, Newport and designed by one of the course’s graduates, Sophie Fielding.

While the design is great, it took quite a lot of searching of the text to finally find a mention of the college from which the students are graduating from, and there doesn’t seem to be a website to visit to find all the information contained in the publication, which seems a huge oversight.

Issue No. 5 of YCN‘s quarterly journal Ideas Illustrated is The Luck Issue. And, as you’d expect, it features lots of great illustration – from the likes of Dan Woodger, Jamie Portch, Jean Jullien, Lauren Gentry, Maggie Li, Martin Nicolausson, Owen Gildersleeve… the list goes on. Here are some spreads:

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Issue 7 of Nobrow’s eponymous publication is set up, like issue 6, as a double issue. The theme is Brave New World and one half is devoted to comics  – with each invited contributor getting two spreads each to tell a story. Here are some highlights…

Tom Gauld uses his first spread to give a postitive A-Z guide to Our Wonderful Future (above) whilst his second spread reveals a similar alphabetical guide to a less optimistic future:

Andrew Rae creates parallel stories, one involving a boy and a quest to find more pornography after finding a tatty scrap of smut  in the woods – and the other tells the story of a space ranger and his mission to find more alien literature after discovering some weird glyphs on a scrap of something found on an alien planet…

Plus, stories by Richard Short:

Anders Nilsen:

Luke Pearson:

Flip Nobrow 7 over to find spread after spread of illustration by the likes of Angie Wang:

Patrick Kyle:

Lotta Nieminen:

and Ellen van Engelen:

Nobrow 7 (£15) is available to order from


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