Magazine of the Week: 1 Granary
1 Granary is a celebration of London’s Central Saint Martins art school, a large-format perfect-bound collection of 194 pages that brings to life the past and present of the school as it settles into its new home at 1 Granary Place in Kings Cross. It’s a massively ambitious project that succeeds despite some obvious flaws.
CSM has a spectacular pool of alumni to call on. At one level, an extensive interview with Face/Vogue creative director Robin Derrick looks back at his career in magazines, while a quick photo spread pays homage to Jarvis Cocker’s return to the shcool that inspired the Pulp song ‘Common People’ (below)
Elsewhere Glen Matlock reflects on leaving what was then plain Saint Martins to join The Sex Pistols (above) and TopShop creative director/Vogue contributor Kate Phelan is interviewed in depth (below).
All this heavyweight material is mixed in with current student work, including some lovely fashion illustration work from Frida Wannenberger (below)
1 Granary is a bold, ambitious project that is held together by a simple, strong design and art direction from recent graduate Esa Matinvesi, whose time at Port is evident in the use of monochrome typography, small headlines and large areas of white space. It’s a well-paced piece of editorial design that makes the most of its content.
The one major flaw is that while claiming to cover all the creative departments of the university it singularly fails to cover many. Where is graphics? I have no idea how the magazine has been funded, but the fashion department seems to get the lions share of the action.
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