Real Normal is a group of SAIC students posting on a blog of the same name. They will be having a big show this Friday, called “Magic Carpet” and you really must go if you are in the Chicago area. Arend (who I’ve posted here before), Aylor, Bailey and Carson create smart, young and fresh work that walks this weird little line between irreverance and familiarity.
33 South State Street, 7th Floor
Opening Reception March 20th, 7pm – 10pm
Inspired by Christine’s heavily hyperlinked internet phone post, I thought I would share a few things on my gift list this year. Some of this is wishful thinking (what blog-induced gift list isn’t, really?) other things are by talented friends who just happen to be selling a thing or two.
1. Reclaimed Paper Sketchbooks by Papergeist
Matt Normand has been creating these amazing sketchbooks and planners from reclaimed office paper and found LP covers. Each is unique and assembled with equal measures of wit and care.
2. Prints by Lab Partners
Ryan Mies and Sarah Labeniec both deserve full posts here (in due time!) – their work is tight and somehow they manage to make these super classy prints on the side. Check out the blog, too.
4. “Feast” Cookbook from Lines and Shapes Magazine
Besides design books, I buy cookbooks more than any other type of book. Some are more essential than others, but when it comes down to it, few cookbooks are really personal. “Feast” special edition is slipcased, signed and hand-numbered; 300 copies available.
If this blog was a 70 year old woman or man, would it have as much style as these people? It should hope so.
The masthead on Advanced Style says it all: “Proof from the wizened and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age.”
The Penrose Annual was a hefty hard-cover bound annual that covered the latest and greatest print technology from 1895 to 1982. If you can get one on eBay, do so. Many issues are packed with dozens of color plates, special inks, embossings and other ephemera that exhibit the brilliant craft of the pressman. The 1938 edition by Jan Tschichold is particularly desirable…