Archived posts: Magazines

The Best Kids’ Shop in London

Boom! We’re hugely proud to announce that Hoxton Street Monster Supplies has just been nominated as the Best Kids’ Shop in London by the good folks over at Time Out London magazine.

The latest issue of the magazine lists the best 100 shops in the capital, and singles out Hoxton Street Monster Supplies as the very best place for young folk to do a spot of shopping.

Of course, it’s not really a kids’ shop. It’s a shop for monsters. The clue is in the name really. But it would seem impolite to quibble, and the staff are generally fairly tolerant of humans, especially the younger variety.

If you can’t make it along to 159 Hoxton Street, you can buy some of the shop’s wonderful goods at their online store at

Read more about how we designed the shop, and how we helped set up and design the Ministry of Stories.

Noma Bar + Wallpaper*

Noma Bar. He’s a bit clever isn’t he?

He’s just created a series of eight covers for the latest issue of Wallpaper* magazine, and they’re stunners. The covers relate to eight design hubs: Germany, USA, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, Belgium and Scandinavia. Known for his witty and economical use of positive and negative space, for Wallpaper Bar has moved into the physical world, creating painted room sets in which products and furniture become part of the illustrations (Nouvel chairs for France, a Schönbuch umbrella stand for Germany, and a Babaghuri ink box for Japan).

Great stuff. And they’re available as posters and limited-edition prints (of course) from Wallpaper.

The Ride Journal – Issue 6

The latest issue of The Ride Journal (#6) has just launched, and as always it’s full of a fantastic mix of words, illustrations, and photography about all forms of cycling goodness. (More full than normal in fact, as this is their largest issue to date.)

This issue also includes a piece written and photographed by Alistair all about his ride from Land’s End to John o’ Groats.

You can pick it up from their site, and there’s also a list of stockists over there too.

Random Spectacular

We’ve recently been making our way through the first issue of Random Spectacular, the lovely limited-edition magazine created by the folks at St Jude’s Prints, and it’s just great.

The magazine was produced in a print run of just 750 copies (all of which sold within 48 hours), the profits from which go to Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres. The magazine features a mix of stories and illustrations from a wide range of very talented people. Here’s a selection of just some of those:

Mark Hearld (above) has put together a menagerie of random and spectacular animals.

Artist, designer, writer and photographer Jake Tilson shows the typefaces he designed for his recent cookery book In at the Deep End.

There’s a lovely interview with the Gentle Author of the fantastic daily blog, Spitalfields Life.

And we also liked this piece by Phil Abel of Hand & Eye Letterpress about the joys of machine-made printing.

Though the first issue has sold out, they’re planning subsequent issues, each one taking a different format. Sign up at the Random Spectacular site to find out more.

Past Present Future

Those clever Diprose boys have been at it again. Not content with producing one of the best cycling magazines around, in the form of The Ride Journal, they’ve just produced this rather lovely book/magazine, Past Present Future, for Condor Cycles.

If you’re familiar with The Ride, it’s a very similar vibe – a collection of essays and photo stories, documenting the history of London bike manufacturer Condor Cycles.

It’s lovely stuff, and it’s really interesting to read the story of the company – far smaller and intimate than we’d previously imagined, and a real family affair.

And boy does it do its job – we came away from reading it totally wanting to buy a new bike…

Past, Present, Future is available from Condor Cycles, Magma, the Design Museum, and Look Mum No Hands.


Earlier this week the good folks over at the Association of Illustrators sent us the latest issue of their magazine, Varoom!

We’d not had a chance to check it out before, and were pleasantly surprised – we were worried it would be too intensely focused on illustration, with not enough to engage a wider audience – but it’s actually a really engaging mix of articles, designed in a clean and unfussy style (by the always brilliant Fernando Gutierrez).

This latest issue features articles about the new Vladimir Nabokov books which Pentagram have designed for Penguin, Des McCannon looking at the prejudices against image based learning in British schools, and an illustrated tutorial from Airside, showing how to make How To… films (above); as well as a whole bunch of other bits and bobs.

Good stuff.

Grafik magazine relaunches

Today sees the relaunch of Grafik magazine, returning after a brief holiday (issue 187 went AWOL, but you can download a pdf version), under the new management of the editorial team of Caroline Roberts and Angharad Lewis, with a new design and masthead from Michael Bojkowski, and featuring a cover created in collaboration with Heath Killen.

Grafik started life as the monthly magazine Graphics International in the early 90s. Larger than the current format, it often featured special finishes, as seen in the two issues below – the one on the left is printed on flocked paper, a velvety textured stock, with a single silver foil; the one on the right, their hundredth issue, is foil-blocked with a repeat pattern of the number 100.

In July 2003 the magazine relaunched as Grafik (issue 107), with a design by Made Thought which seemed to place the magazine’s own design ahead of the content it featured.

Seven or so years later, it’s great to see Grafik becoming a bit quieter again (though we’d still quibble with the use of an italic serif as a highlight in amongst sans serif body copy… but maybe that’s just us). A magazine will always survive on its content, and as always it’s really well researched and written. (Full disclosure here, we’re entirely biased, as our Hoxton Street Monster Supplies project is featured in the new issue. You can read the article in our Press & Books section.)

Check out Jeremy Leslie’s review over at MagCulture, or take out a subscription.

Lovely stuff.

The Ride Journal – Issue 5

The latest issue of The Ride Journal has recently hit the streets, and as always it’s a delicious combination of fine writing, gorgeous photography, and brilliant illustration, all themed around cycling of every form and style. (You can download pdfs of issues 1 and 2 if you want to get a feel for it.)

The cover is again by the good folks at I Love Dust, and it’s just fantastic. Here’s a look at all the full covers so far:

It’s great to see the magazine going from strength to strength. Oh, and the latest issue also features an article by our studio mate David Pearson about Eastern European matchbox labels featuring cycling.

Pedal out and buy one.

Fanzines talk

Bit of a last minute one this, but tomorrow evening (Tuesday 21 September) D&AD are having another of their Sharp’ner events, this time looking at The Art of the Fanzine, with Teal Triggs, whose new book Fanzines is published next month. She’s joined by Alex Zamora (Fever Zine), Cathy Lomax (Arty), Laura Oldfield Ford (Savage Messiah) and Neil Boorman (Shoreditch Twat). The event is at House, 1 Berwick St, and is free for members, £5 for non-members.

Speaking of D&AD, we’re also looking forward to their President’s Lectures, particularly the Pecha Kucha night on 3 November.

It’s Nice That Issue 4

Alex over at the lovely It’s Nice That just dropped us a line to let us know that the fourth issue of their magazine will be available to pre-order from today. The magazine comes out on October 1st, and everyone who orders before then gets a rather splendid James Jarvis two-colour screenprint. Content includes interviews with Nick Knight, Neville Brody, Miranda July, Trokia, and Noma Bar; features by Sara De Bondt, Adam Buxton, Adrian Shaughnessy, and Jez Burrows; as well as tons of work from the likes of Michael Landy, Rui Teneiro, and Peter Grundy.

All yours for just a tenner. Nice indeed.