An occasional newsletter as a deep dive into the minds, habits, obsessions, affairs, and influences of our friends and fam.
Together & Michael Jovanovic
Happy New Year everyone! As promised the Foretaste newsletter restart - with the New Year resolution to share more, see each other more often and hopefully work on projects together too over the coming year!
We met Michael Jovanovic a little over 5 years ago when he started an unofficial internship within our studio, and worked on the imaginary football club outfits for Catacombe (the Dutch match-fixing movie by Victor Ponten) After that he joined my move to …,staat, doing an official internship together with Thomas there. Michael stayed with …,staat for a few years as graphic designer before becoming 1/3rd of graphic design studio House TMM and a small publishing platform called HousePublishing. Over those years I saw Michael growing into a very gifted and technically pristine graphic designer and thinker and super happy to have him within our Together& group.
1/3rd of graphic design studio House TMM and a small publishing platform called HousePublishing.
Haruki Murakami - Men Without Women + Evgeny Morozov - To Save Everything, Click Here + Steve Krug - Don’t make me think
Men Without Women (Haruki Murakami)
Murakami is always a pleasure to read and this book is a collection of short stories about men who have lost women in their lives, usually to other men or death.
To Save Everything, Click Here (Evgeny Morozov)
Book about the folly of Technological Solutionism
Don’t make me think (Steve Krug)
After hearing “you’re a designer and you didn’t read that book…. wow” more than 10 times I though I should, so there you go.
I’m always fascinated by psychology and crime and I recently got a tip about a youtube channel called JCS - Criminal Psychology and it’s all about interrogation tactics, criminal psychology and crazy crime stories. I watched all of them and it’s definitely worth a watch.
NTS Radio. Every genre is represented and for me It’s the best place to discover new music.
I’m trained as a chef so I like to spend time in the kitchen. I’m not a vegetarian but I rarely use meat anymore, so I like experimenting with traditional meat recipes but then finding vegetarian alternatives without losing the soul of the dish. Recently made a vegan gyros which I definitely can recommend.
Water, coffee and if I feel cheeky a CAN 02 from Empirical Spirits.
Currently obsessed about
Getting back into running!
Currently distracted by
Using the iPad to make graphic work. It took me years to get an iPad into my workflow but I think I finally got it. I’m very eager to get away from a mouse and keyboard as much as I can because I always felt a disconnect using a computer to create work.
Currently trying to avoid
Currently frightened by
French soldiers carrying ‘Bastille Frequency Guns’ (which is a nickname)’ That disrupt connections between drones and their pilots.
Currently transcended by
The works from Lieven Hendriks.
Currently fulfilled with
Working with artists and photographers for HousePublishing and independently releasing books. We recently started working together with IDEA Books so our books are distributed all over the world which is somehow unreal en very fulfilling.
Quick highlights from the Slacks (in no particular order):
Swan Songs Souvenirs, Paris-Elegance, via Joachim
Inque Magazine, via Daniel
Birds Aren’t Real, via Joachim
Websites & fonts inspiration, via Kimberly
Where to shop in London, via Joachim
How the World’s Foremost Maze-Maker Leads People Astray, via Merijn
NIKE, Inc. Acquires RTFKT, via Martijn
The Power of the Dog, via Joachim
I Know This Much Is True, via Chris
Read CV, via Daniel
Poetry Is Growing in Our Garden, via Joachim
Amsterdam Vintage Watches, via Len
Beware That Nocebo Strapped to Your Wrist, via Joachim
Another 2021 Playlist, via Another
At Night Gardens Grow by Paul Guilmoth, via Joachim
and make sure to check the 2022 Trend Reports, in slack
Hope you enjoyed this one - And as always, let’s get Together soon IRL!
PS. There are enough bots and ghosts in our lives. We’ve always seen Together&, human and alive, so please enjoy, share and forward this. And we'd love to see you in Slack to discuss things often. If you know people who should join, let us know!