175 years of the RCA

In 1837, the world’s first publicly funded design school opened in Somerset House on the Strand in London. Later, the Government School of Design was to change its name to the somewhat more grandiose Royal College of Art, change its location, and, just for good measure, change the world. A major new exhibition shows how

Hi, my name’s Riso. I’m here to help you!

Risograph duplicator printers were invented by the Japanese company Riso in the mid 1980s. They were designed to duplicate fast and cheaply and have duly been embraced by church groups, schools, community centres and political parties around the world. But now, over 20 years since the printers first appeared, a new type of user is emerging as graphic artists around the world embrace the unique qualities of Riso printing

Degree Shows 2012 RCA photography

There is a lot of strong photographic work on show at the Royal College of Art’s Battersea site this year, including Lola Bunting’s beautiful series of giclée prints on felt. It really is worth going to see before July 1

Tim Boelaars’ iconic prints

Earlier this year, Amsterdam-based graphic designer and illustrator Tim Boelaars posted on his site a series of mono-weight icons he’s drawn for everyday use. Now he’s produced a series of screenprints that each gather a set of the icons…

Love & Hate and a Kai & Sunny print to be won

London’s StolenSpace gallery has given us a sneak peek at some of the works that will appear in its group show, Love & Hate, which opens tomorrow. Plus, contributing artists Kai & Sunny have offered us one of their new screenprints to give away…

How To Draw (Or Play Drums)

Who doesn’t like watching an artist at work? Thanks to the web we can see how more and more people go about making their art and the ‘process’ video is now a YouTube staple. Illustrator Alex Pearson’s latest is well worth watching

The Wire: Sleeves Received

The Wire’s Sleeves Received Tumblr brings together the most interesting sleeve design from new releases sent in to the magazine’s office. As our special music issue’s Monograph features some of the best cassette art from the website, here are a few more highlights from The Wire’s progressive post bag

Record Sleeves of the Month: vinyl special

We’ve already posted up a glut of beautiful music packages this month but feel it’s time for another round up. This time there’s a distinctly vinyl flavour with releases from Massive Attack, Box Codax and Martin Creed, Tom The Lion, and the latest 7″ release on Fred Deakin’s Impotent Fury label…

Exhibition: Serge Seidlitz show

Illustrator Serge Seidlitz’ first London solo show is now open at the Coningsby gallery. The exhibition includes original drawings, screenprints, zines, T-shirts and also a number of hand-woven Nepalese rugs sporting Seidlitz’s work…

Crispin Finn at Soma Gallery

Design duo Crispin Finn have just launched an exhibition of new screenprints at the Soma Gallery in Bristol. Each of the six prints brings together a selection of objects from the duo’s burgeoning collection of ephemera from around the world…

Seb Lester’s new Peace print

Type designer Seb Lester’s latest screenprint, Peace (sketches for it, shown above) was inspired by Anglo Saxon art, 18th and 19th century penmanship, and medieval illumination. Here’s a look at the two different available colourways of Peace which both make stunning use of metallic paper stocks…