Francesco Franchi is an Italian editorial designer who has been applying his theories for a new paradigm of news design to IL Magazine, the monthly magazine of newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore. The result has been a multiple award-winning exposition of typographic and infographic invention, a thrilling visual treat that transcends its Italian-only execution. We join him as his first book on the subject of news design is published, itself a tour de force of design featuring many of the leading figures of contemporary editorial design.
Pekka Toivonen is ‘art dictator’ at Helsinki-based Kasino Creative Studio, where he has developed publications including magCulture favourites Kasino A4 and Kasino Creative Annual. We join him as he heads to London for this week’s Printout, and just after the launch of the studio’s latest fine publication FAT.
Australia’s Process Journal has benefitted from a rethink, with a calmer more journal-y look than the previous eight magazines. There’s less in it – not always something to boast about but in this case definitely an improvement, with more space for each feature giving better coverage of the featured design studios. The theme this time – Less is More – highlights the new approach, but essentially it’s the same magazine,with the same high production values and interest in modernist studios from around the world, such as Spin, Build and Manual. Of particular editorial interest in the issue is this interview with Tom Crabtree, the man behind the large-format Loose Leaf magazine.
Bob Newman is one of the key figures of contemporary US editorial design. Not only a prolific creative director – Details, Fortune, Real Simple, Entertainment Weekly and New York are just a few of the magazines on his resumé – his generosity of spirit has been a huge influence on the industry, latterly via blogging and tweeting as Newmanology. Earlier this year he suffered a serious accident that left him unable to work, since when he has been going through the slow process of rehabilitation. Here he looks ahead at his week and shares his thoughts as his Newmanology presence re-emerges online.
Mark Neil first came to notice with a series of bold front covers for the Big Issue, first for the Scottish edition and later the UK one. Earlier this year he took up the role of art director at Britain’s oldest music weekly, NME, and last month unveiled a complete redesign of the magazine. Here we look ahead at his week as Lou Reed’s death disrupts the final stages of production.
Further adventures in the world of drinking! Magazines and alcohol are a heady mix, never more so than with Edinburgh’s Hot Rum Cow. Issue four is out next week, featuring this handwritten typographic cover by Adrian Morris. The red is flourescent – nice! – and the lead drink this issue is a seasonal look at sherry.
October 18, 2013
D&AD confirm a fine jury for the Magazine and Newspapers category of their awards.
Love the design (by Jessica Rose) of this exhibition catalogue newspaper.
Another new magazine: hello, Dequal, a bi-monthly about ‘the unequal world of design’. Issue one looks at women in design.
‘500 journalists sought by content marketing company NewsCred.’ Brands like to use content, but is this the best way to create it?
National Geographic is celebrating 125 years of publishing with a tumblr archive.
It’s the last few days of the PPA cover of the century vote. Hint – Time Out.
On BBC Radio last week – a great interview with the founders of Spare Rib. And tomorrow (Thursday 26) at 1130am, Radio 4, there’s a show about the covers of the Radio Times.
In New York? Pentagram partner Luke Hayman is talking at the Type Directors Club, New York on Thursday, October 3.
In Amsterdam? The new issue of Colors is being launched at the Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum magazine shop tomorrow night (Thursday 26)
Coming to AGI Open? I’m joining Simon Esterson, Angus Hyland and David Pearson for a discussion with Catherine Dixon about publishing tomorrow (Thursday 26) around 12noon. And I’m talking in the main hall Friday afternoon.
Here’s a promo for The Fashion, the new magazine coming this Saturday from The Guardian and Observer newspapers. It feature a new font, Guardian Fashion, based on an ultra tight condensed version of the house font Guardian Weekend.
Creative directors Alex Breuer & Caz Roberts, typography Chris Clarke, animation Alex Purcell.