The Thing Quarterly is an object-based publication edited by artists Jonn Herschend and Will Rogan. Four times a year, subscribers receive a new issue by mail—each by a different contributing artist working under the direction that the piece should be a useful object and incorporate text in some way. Thing contributors include an impressive range of contemporary culture makers including Miranda July, Trevor Paglen, Chris Johanson, Starlee Kine, Jonathan Lethem, James Franco and Dave Eggers. We began working with The Thing on Issue 3.5 (a surprise edition by Tucker Nichols) and have collaborated with them on all editions since, designing boxes and printed matter that responds to each object. For Issue 15, we were in the role of contributing artist, designing a diagrammatic flag in which the graphics doubled as folding instructions to create a proper memorial triangle.
Through The Thing’s agency offshoot, The Other Thing, we have also designed various promotional and special edition items, including collaborations with Nike, Levi's, and Scottish Premier League club Partick Thistle.