In Summer Fun Issue, Creative Review Plays Designer Dress-Up

Monsters and monkeys and paper dolls, oh my! The August issue of Creative Review includes all of these things and more, in what the magazine is billing as its “Summer Bumper Book o’ Fun.” The fun starts at the front cover, which features surfing monsters from the mind of Stefan Bucher. Inside, the designer chats about obsessional behavior, the magic of chance, and responsibility in design. The CR funsters are also hosting an online treasure hunt to find five of Bucher’s monsters secreted about their website. Back on the page, there are games and puzzles galore, including connect the dots, instructions for a round of design studio I-Spy, and the aforementioned sneaky simians hiding in one of Johanna Basford‘s impossibly intricate trees. Soak up the more serious stuff (including a photo essay on the wild wild Midwest and an interview with novelist Will Self) before cutting out the festive mask on the back cover and staging elaborate, design-based scenarios for the young creative couple of paper dolls (pictured) created by Elliot Thoburn of Peepshow. For those who definition of fun does not include defacing imported periodicals, the issue includes URLs for downloading and printing the interactive bits.