CORE 77 review CULT-URE: Ideas can be Dangerous "Cult-ure is a tour de force ... Hughes clearly knows enough that he could write whole dissertations on any of the chapter headings. Instead, we're treated to amazing fragments and thoughts, like "your memetic footprint" ... Interspersed between the text are digressions on particle physics and quotes from sources ranging from Richard Feynman to Oscar Wilde.
To Hughes, anyone who tries to suppress rational inquiry and free speech, whether a religion or an autocrat, deserves to be mistrusted. We happen to agree.
The book is filled with ideas. Hughes quotes Alvin Toffler, who states that, "The illiterate of the 21st Century will not be those who cannot read and write but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn." Cult-ure certainly provides a lot of opportunities." Core 77
CULT-URE launch at the KK Outlet, Hoxton Square
The Cult-ure book launch proved to be a packed-out event. Limited edition prints were on show. Cult-ure stickers got stuck everywhere, and on everyone.
Curating the Limited Edition Rian Hughes Prints
Limited numbers of prints are still available from email@example.com. For your memetic heath, label all dangerous ideas in your vicinity with free CULT-URE stickers, availiable from the KK Outlet, 40 Hoxton Square, or direct from Fiell. Fiell on Flickr CULT-URE limited edition Design week
Custom Lettering of the 40s and 50s
The sequel to the 60s and 70s volume, this 580-page book collects over 5,000 hand-drawn headlines from the golden age of custom type. Expressive brush scripts, bouncy latins, black geodeco, action sans.... "an inspirational collection".
CULT-URE: Ideas Can Be Dangerous
Both written and designed by Rian, and something of an epic in the making, the new book is out now. Cult-ure.net
"Ideas are the currency of the modern media-driven world. They shape our very culture. Culture is your local consensus reality - your clothing, cuisine and hairstyle, the music you listen to, the films you see; your values, ideas, beliefs and prejudices. Today culture has a powerful new vector: the internet. Ideas - whether a YouTube video, a viral marketing phenomenon or a fundamentalist religion - are travelling further and faster than ever before. In the new electronic democracy of ideas, cultural power is devolving to the creative individual.
"Soon we will all have the means to create.
We just have to decide whether it be art or bombs."
An experiment in 'authored design' that melds graphics and text, it provides a thought-provoking exploration of the media age, the pervasive language of signs, symbols and meaning, and the ideas - both benign and dangerous - that travel through them. The "Gideon's Bible for the boutique hotel", CULT-URE examines the changing nature of communication, perception and identity. As both a bold graphic statement and a potent inoculation against infection by contagious ideas, CULT-URE will help you survive the coming Cult-ural Revolution.
Faux-leather binding with foil blocking, gold blocked page edges, diecuts and silk ribbon. 6x9". Available on Amazon Fiell Publishing
A limited edition featuring a signed art card, real leather binding, slipcase and stickers is also available.
New Font Releases: Maraschino Black
A sleek, sophisticated swash capital font with elegant thick and thin weight distribution. Bold yet poised, direct yet refined. The swash capitals are intended for use at the beginnings of words only - best not to set this in ALL CAPS. Use at larger sizes. Also includes stylistic decorative alternates for certain characters that can be toggled on and off in the Opentype panel. Maraschino in the New Fonts section Download the Maraschino type specimen PDF
On The Line book collection
The complete newspaper strip from The Guardian, drawn by Rian and written by Rick Wright.
"Rian Hughes first explored the possibilities of Adobe Illustrator's vector drawing tools in this stylish strip, forging a modern design-savvy approach that still tips the hat to classic UPA cartoons and the angular work of Gene Dietch. Bold, graphic and expressive, this collection brings together every strip for the very first time, including some unpublished rarities, in a neat hardback designed by Hughes in a pocket-sized format." [Image Comics press release]
48 PAGES, BW, $12.99, 6" X 6" CBR Available on Amazon