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The Fox and the Star by Coralie Bickford-Smith

Today, Penguin book cover designer Coralie Bickford-Smith publishes her first illustrated book, The Fox and the Star, a tale of love, loss and self-discovery. Here, she reveals how she came to make it and how her skills with pattern, colour and shape helped inform its pages

Designing Latitude

Festival-goers are increasingly expectant for an experience that as visually stimulating as it is culturally enriching, beyond the live music. We talk to Latitude Festival arts curator Tania Harrision and designer Ami Jade Cadillac, about what it takes to create a temporary wonderland in the beautiful Suffolk countryside.

New type: Akatre, Erik Spiekermann, Dazed, The Northern Block & more

Our latest pick of new type includes new releases from The Northern Block, Monotype and Dalton Maag, a custom design for New York magazine, some striking type by Akatre in fashion magazine Mother and a new Laurence King book edited by A2’s Scott Williams and Henrik Kubel.

The School of Art

Teal Triggs, Associate Dean at the Royal College of Art, has teamed up with illustrator Daniel Frost to create a charming new children’s book which offers an illustrated introduction to art and design.

Gradwatch: Kat Loudon

We speak to Glasgow School of Art communication design graduate Kat Loudon, whose multi-disciplinary work inlcudes posters, placards and embroidered jackets inspired by William Morris, sculptural signage for Glasgow Green and a magazine made using fire and water damaged books from Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh Library.

Gradwatch: Paulina Korobkiewicz

After touring this year’s degree shows, we’re profiling a series of graduates who we feel produced outstanding creative work. Here, photographer Paulina Korobkiewicz discusses her graduation project, Disco Polo, which documents Eastern Poland’s colourful architecture.

The Drowned Man: An interview with immersive theatre masters Punchdrunk

As immersive performance pioneers Punchdrunk release a limited edition book of photographs from their 2013 show The Drowned Man, we speak to artistic director Felix Barrett, and photographer Julian Abrams about creating and capturing the spectacle and the intimacy of their now world-renowned productions.

IYA and Jack Cunningham’s animated identity for Non-Plus

Design studio IYA and animator Jack Cunningham have created a playful identity for London furniture brand Non-Plus, which features some charming animated and illustrated versions of the company’s stools alongside a minimal, grid-based design.

Vans x Murakami

Vans has collaborated with artist Takashi Murakami on a range of t-shirts, skate decks, surf boards and shoes for its premium Vault by Vans label. We spoke to Vans’ VP of merchandising and design, Steve Mills, about the partnership, and how collaborating with artists and fashion labels has helped transform perceptions of its classic shoes.

Record sleeves of the month

Our latest pick of great album art includes an animated record sleeve for Jaga Jazzist, acid bright folk art for Nozinja, a beautiful deluxe box set for Of Monsters and Men and some psychedelic designs for Tame Impala. First up, though, is Andrew Archer’s illustrated cover art for Everything Everything’s Get to Heaven.

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