Magazines

22 October 2012

That (postmodern) design smell?

That (postmodern) design smell?

Graphic design Wunderkinder M/M (Paris) have worked with just about everyone in just about every medium: so why not carpets … or scent?
M/M (Paris), aka Michaël Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak, might represent that most elusive of all cultural phenomena – a genuine hybrid, criss-crossing cultural genres, economic models and geographic nodes. If the tag ‘postmodern’ didn’t sound so outmoded, it could easily apply, writes Liz Farrelly.

19 October 2012

‘X’ marks the spot

‘X’ marks the spot

Bloomberg Businessweek’s ‘Election special’, packed with striking infographics, shows there is still space for innovation on the newsstand.
The latest edition of Bloomberg Businessweek is an election special, packed with the kind of stimulating editorial information design we have come to expect from the team led by Richard Turley.

10 October 2012

The magazine that wasn’t

The magazine that wasn’t

Aspen, the cultural journal that challenged the limits of its form, goes on display at Whitechapel Gallery in London
To read an edition of Aspen magazine is to flip through a booklet, unfurl a concertina, shuffle some postcards or to unfold a poster, writes Elizabeth Glickfeld. Copies of the cult 1960s artists’ magazine are now so prized that the tactile experience of reading any one edition is necessarily denied the viewer of the exhibition ‘Aspen Magazine: 1965–1971’ (in the Pat Matthews Gallery at the Whitechapel Gallery in London).

4 September 2012

Newsprint appetiser

Newsprint appetiser

sarah snaith

Current food trends meet photography and art direction in Ico’s giveaway foodie mag
Last month, London agency Ico Design published the first edition of Taste, a newsprint publication that expressed the consultancy’s growing interest in the future of food, writes Sarah Snaith.

24 August 2012

Noted #43

Noted #43

Harry Beck’s beasts, Pentagram fakes it, Art Vinyl, undesirable Harry (Potter) and Design Yatra.
Here’s a random-ish selection of (non-Olympic) things that caught our attention in recent weeks. Next week: Paralympic graphic watch.

22 August 2012

At first bite

At first bite

A new food and culture journal, The Gourmand, gives design-conscious readers something to get their teeth into …
The Gourmand, a new food and culture journal, hinges on the way food brings people – especially creative people – together, shaping their conversations, writes Sarah Snaith. The launch party, at Vauxhall’s Brunswick House Café, did much the same.

15 August 2012

Creative countdown

Creative countdown

Paul Smith, Giles Duley, GTF and Quentin Jones head the line-up for Here 2012, 21 September
How does a wannabe racing cyclist from Nottingham become one of the foremost creative figures of his generation, a global fashion name with a particularly English aesthetic? ‘Here 2012’, the September symposium curated by It’s Nice That, promises a unique – and amusing – insight into the mind that launched a thousand suits, their (informal) mentor Sir Paul Smith.

8 August 2012

Chaos and confidence

Chaos and confidence

Next month, Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery will exhibit a survey of Tony Arefin’s graphic design
Tony Arefin’s art catalogues made him one of the most important figures in the British art scene of the late 1980s and early 1990s, writes James Langdon. Yet the exhibition I am curating for Ikon Gallery in Birmingham is the first to survey his influential graphic design work.

26 July 2012

The Olympic press gang

The Olympic press gang

Editorial designers get into the fast lane to deliver print for the Games
One big, but largely unsung design challenge of the 2012 Olympic Games has been the print production and design of 55 different publications, from the 196-page, perfect-bound Official Programme to an Olympics daily, the first of which is due to roll off the presses early on Saturday morning, writes John L. Walters.

24 July 2012

Crashing through the type

Crashing through the type

Time magazine infographics by Nigel Holmes, 1970s – infodesign in Eye 82
It was good luck, really, writes Nigel Holmes. Walter Bernard, Time’s art director, was looking for someone to do the magazine’s charts and diagrams when I walked into his New York office in September 1977, during a job-finding visit to the United States.
 
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