Perhaps a little late writing this entry but after many weeks of seeing a consistently well designed and written weekend magazine, I'm compelled to. This weekend I read it from cover to cover; features included a story on Jon Hunt who sold Foxtons for £360 million, weeks before the credit crunch and an interesting feature on young American voters and their thoughts on the current political climate.
The design and art direction by Alex Breuer carries the same level of quality which he brought to Esquire during his tenure as art director; perhaps this is most evident in the way the magazine deals with complex front of book problems like date lines, graphic data, multiple stories, keeping a dynamic pace as well as clean and well organised pages.
The feature pages are of course of a high standard although there are times when I wonder if the photography could be a bit more ambitious; perhaps there are budget and time restrictions in place that make this difficult. Despite this slight weakness, the FT Weekend Magazine team have managed to make a really great magazine. Bravo.
There are too many great things to show from the mighty Emigre magazine. Here are a few random ones. The cover of issue 19, 20, 49, 64 & 69 show just what a richly diverse creation Emigre was.
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Günther Wagner was an employee at Pelikan Ink for eight years before he took over, giving it a name and his family crest as a brand in 1828. The logo has had minimal changes over the years being last redesigned in 2003, but essentially, is still the same. There is something very pure about logos which stand the test of time and don't bow to fashion. To my mind though, the 1957 logo is the most striking. The geometric pelican, the deep orange and black palette and the blackest fountain pen ink on the market.
Latest issue of Case da Abitare sees some big typography in a 12 spread Australian special as well as still life photogaphy by Coppi Barbieri. Word has it through the magazine grapevine, that the next issue is set to feature work by Nigel Shafran, Dean Kaufman and Metz+Racine to name but a few... watch this space.