June 2008 Table of Contents
Mad for Plaid Scotland’s renewed national pride is evident in its fervor for applying tartan to anything and everything. BY ELIZABETH GOLD
Kuddle Up to Krútt Icelandic musicians and their designer cohorts are inexorably drawn to the cozy, twinkling appeal of krútt—all things cute. BY DAVID SOKOL
Eastern Promises The changing face of East London after dark, in pictures and words. BY SUKHDEV SANDHU, WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY PAUL DAVIS Extraordinary Meeples In Germany, board games are more than sturdy and beautiful objects. They’re a way of life. BY BLAKE ESKIN
X Marks the Spot Even in Paris and New York, putting sex on display requires bravado—and finesse. BY VÉRONIQUE VIENNE
Drawn Together Illustration is enjoying a moment across Europe. Twelve artists talk about their methods, hopes, plans, and inspirations. INTRODUCTION BY JUDE STEWART
CONTRIBUTORS Where we’re calling from.
F.O.B. Manga meets Shakespeare, type’s new black, portraits of cows, and a very peculiar design fetish.
SHELF LIFE Album art’s natural selection, Colt 45’s brand-new bag, and chic French grammar.
MONOLOGUE The Italian Job As Turin gains a new design-world honor, there’s hope for change. BY BENJAMIN SUTHERLAND OBSERVER Not Dead Yet British independent magazines cater to an enduring need for tactile “thing-ness.” BY RICK POYNOR
SOCIETY Head Games Despite lawsuits and harassment, Turkey’s cartoonists are testing the limits of satire. BY SACHA GUNEY
DIALOGUE Daniel Eatock, artist and designer. BY STEVEN HELLER
IN PRINT Vol. 18/no.3, vol. 19/no. 5, Feliks Topolski of Poland and Lajos Szalay of Hungary were master draftsmen. BY MARTIN FOX DESKTOP Motion Granted On the move. BY ANDREW BLUM Plus: Poser upgrades, and a face for the Empire State Building.
BOOKS Golden Legacy: How Golden Books Won Children’s Hearts, Changed Publishing Forever, and Became an American Icon Along the Way, by Leonard S. Marcus REVIEW BY BRUCE N. WRIGHT Massin, by Laetitia Wolff REVIEW BY PAUL SHAW
Graphic Design: A New History, by Stephen J. Eskilson REVIEW BY JOHANNA DRUCKER Strangely Familiar: Acrobats, Athletes, and Other Traveling Troupes, by Michal Chelbin REVIEW BY PADDY JOHNSON
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