Published by Index Book (€29) and beautifully designed by Emmi Salonen, Peepshow Collective charts the story of and showcases the work produced by the collective of Brighton graduates, which formed in a London pub back in 2000…
Over the last ten years, the illustrators known collectively as Peepshow, have directed animated music videos, received commissions from the likes of Levis, Nike, Dazed & Confused and The Guardian, worked in the art department on films, run shops, designed award winning footwear, run workshops, taught at various colleges around the world, and designed front covers for Creative Review (including the cover of our current issue). Now a new book showcases Peepshow’s hugely varied output and tells the collective’s story…
Through images of work, sketches, interviews and a nifty timeline, the 254 page hard cover book explains how Andrew Rae, Chrissie Macdonald, Elliot Thoburn, Jenny Bowers, Lucy Vigrass, Luke Best, Marie O’Connor, Miles Donovan, Pete Mellor, and Spencer Wilson all come to be – despite forming Peepshow in 2000 with no long term plan beyond sharing a website and the cost of building it – members of the well known and highly regarded collective.
“Looking back, it all coalesces into a neat timeline, but the grand plan was never there,” the group write in the book’s introduction. “That’s why we haven’t grouped this book into distinct set ions, either chronological or thematic. We’ve never worked that way. Splitting our work into categories would have imposed a false sense of order onto a process that is more offend messy than planned.”
“This book reveals what we do, in all that messiness – the different disciplines, approaches, visual languages and collaborations that make us Peepshow. It’s not intended as a ‘How To’ of illustration; we don’t believe there’s one way of doing things, or one solution. In fact, we’re still figuring it out.”
Here are some shots we took of the copy that arrived at CR towers yesterday:
To find out more about the book, visit the indexbook.com
To find out more about Peepshow, visit peepshow.org.uk
CR in Print
If you only read CR online, you’re missing out. From the meaning of beans to the power of love, the February issue of Creative Review features our 20 favourite slogans of all time and the stories behind them (not to mention a front cover designed by Peepshow’s Miles Donovan).
What makes a great slogan? We investigate the enduring power of these clever little phrases in our special slogans issue, dedicated to our choices for the top 20 slogans.
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