Olympic Fencing by Tim Lahan / Available at www.draw-down.com / Sixteen drawings of mangled chain link fencing accompanied by a (fictional) account of when, where, and how the damage occurred, each delivered with Tim Lahan’s typical deadpan hilarity. Let the games begin. Published by Issue Press #riso #risograph #graphicdesign #typography #timlahan #illustration #zine #OlympicFencing

Poster Tribune, Issue 4 / Available at www.draw-down.com / Posters are equally artistic creations, communication tools and witnesses to social, commercial and artistic trends from specific periods. Poster Tribune examines and breathes new life into these short-lived street exhibitions. The articles in each issue document and promote contemporary international and Swiss graphic design, reflect on poster history and report on recent exhibitions.Poster Tribune contains 12 pages of illustrated articles and 3 posters. Includes articles on silk screen printer Lézard Graphique; French graphic art collective Grapus; “Fond Bleu,” exhibition curated by Neo Neo featuring the work of Swiss-German and Swiss-French designers AMI, Gavillet & Rust, Maximage, Thomas Perrodin, TM Todeschini + Mamie; 100 Best Posters: Germany, Austria, Switzerland (2013); Grilli Type; “Lust,” the 2014 Weltformat international student poster competition; HSE Design School Moscow; “Occupy: What’s Next?”; and a Swiss - Japan poster design exhibition featuring the work of Bon­bon, Clau­dia­ba­sel, Demian Con­rad, Felix Pfäffli, John­son / Kings­ton, Kazu­nari Hat­tori, Ken­jiro Sano, Masayuki Tera­shima, Prill Vie­celi Cre­mers, Rikako Naga­shima, Ryo­suke Uehara von Kigi, and Yuma Harada #graphicdesign #posters #typography #swiss #design #posterdesign #GrilliType #lust #Kazu­nariHat­tori #Grapus

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Dej Loaf: XXL Freshman Class 2015 Profile + Freestyle  

Last month, XXL unveiled the 2015 Freshman Class cover. Among the 10 spots featured, Dej Loaf was selected. As we wait for the release of her debut EP this summer, and debut album this fall, XXL did another phenomenal job showcasing her skills. In her profile, Dej Loaf discusses the journey of why she creates music. Her style has changes gears in the game, bringing back classic vibes of Missy Elliott’s rhymes and wit. Inspiring young women to be themselves, she promotes comfortability. As a true leader, her voice is heard and well-respected to the culture. Letting the art exist as a brand first, Dej Loaf has a promising career for women in music.

Her XXL freestyle carries the signature Detroit melodic flow. Highlighting on topics of wealth, wrath and wisdom, this Queen blossoms into a true artist. The lyrics are honest, yet chill with an edge of real life experiences.

This is a great moment for Hip-Hop. Two amazing women with different approaches to sound, given one of the highest honors as a new artist.

Congrats Dej Loaf!

Read more from Dej Loaf: http://freshmen.xxlmag.com/dej-loaf/

Poster Tribune, Issue 2 / Available at www.draw-down.com / The focus of Poster Tribune Issue 2 is the love story between music and graphic design. Subjects in this issue include: the relationship between design and music; the psychedelic posters of Wes Wilson; the abstract music posters of Josef Müller-Brockmann; concert posters by German designer Johann Kauth; posters for the Rote Fabrik in Zurich and the work of Roli Fischbacher, Peter Bäder, and Cornel Windlin in the 1980s; Jonas Voegeli’s posters for Zukunft; the typography of Britney Spears’s album covers; Elvis Studio (Helge Reumann and Xavier Robel); and Laurent Benner’s posters for Ritmo at The Life Bar in London. Also includes interviews with Swiss draftsman and graphic designer Aloys Lolo, founder of Lolos studio, and Zurich-based designers Sereina Rothenberger and David Schatz of design studio Hammer. Contributors: Adeline Senn, Noémi Savary, Thuy-An Hoang, Martin Maeder, Jean-Charles Giroud, Ramaya Tegegne, Bettina Richter, Jonas Voegeli, Xavier Erni, Emmanuel Rey, Elvis Studio, Laurent Benner, Ismaël Abdallah #graphicdesign #typography #poster #posterdesign #design #postertribune #music #psychedelic #JosefMüllerBrockmann #JohannKauth #CornelWindlin

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Music and Type 5

Alex Steinweiss is the master behind these artworks. In the 40ies record covers hadn’t a cool and fancy design. Untill Mr. Steinweiss had the idea to create some great illustrations to give them more character at first sight. While artists at that time were universal graphic design soldiers and could even design everything they were told to as a young art director of columbia records he saw his chance to make something new out of the brown vintage wrapper the records had before. Combining bold typography and handmade letterings with interesting illustrations, columbia records had a great gold rush in 1940 out of Mr. Steinweiss’ idea.

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Do Plants Feel? Cortney Cassidy / Available at www.draw-down.com / Oakland-based designer and artist Cortney Cassidy went to the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers and touched EVERYTHING. In Do Plants Feel?, a collection of photographs from her trip, Cassidy considers the mysterious and suggestive inner life of plants. Cassidy is the principle organizer of CCOOLL, a collective of internet friends specializing in photography, illustration and design. Published by Issue Press #zine #plants #design #riso #risograph #feelings #issuepress #CortneyCassidy #graphicdesign #typography #CCOOLL