Archive for the ‘Magazines’ Category

Graphic design: a sense of vocation

March 20, 2012

Annette Peppis’s blog post, How do I know if my graphic designer is any good? sketches the basic requirements for the potential client’s consideration. Top of her list is the following:

“They will have a deep seated love of all things artistic, probably going back to their childhood.”

A good example of this would be Andrew Oliver who has brought flair and clarity to many an educational textbook, travel guide or reference book. His website of work from the last twenty years has a list of influences and a page devoted to books, comics and magazines which resonate as icons for time and place.

Annette Peppis, like Andrew Oliver, has a good eye allied to a sense of curiosity. She blogs regularly on art and design, London life and the underwater world (she’s a qualified diving instructor) and her portfolio showcases a wide range of work. When you look at the work of these two designers, remember — it’s been a long time in the making.


Hall of Femmes

November 2, 2011

Hall of Femmes is an online project that highlights significant contributions to creative culture by female designers and art directors. It’s the brainchild of Swedish design partnership Hjärta Smärta who’ve published a series of books on four unsung heroines: Lillian Bassman, Carin Goldberg, Ruth Ansel and Paula Scher.

Thanks to Maria Popova at Brain Pickings for featuring their work.

Some additional links:

Art director and photographer Lillian Bassman started work at 15 and is still going, in her nineties. You can read an article on her work here.

An AIGA article by Julie Lasky on book designer Carin Goldberg

Excerpts from an interview with magazine designer Ruth Ansel, published in 2005

Graphic designer Paula Scher, interviewed by Psychology Today.

Visual Arts Library – Periodicals Collections

September 7, 2011

Just a toe in the water — wide ranging selections from Visual Arts Library Picture & Periodicals Collections, an impressive archive of 20th century magazine covers, including the American music magazine Etude, Vanity Fair, Travel (great depth of colour), and from 1905 the austere-looking Youth’s Companion.

I particularly like Movie (edited by Ian Cameron), which was first published in 1962 and helped England to keep up with the more cutting-edge French films, influenced as it was by the French magazine Cahiers du Cinema.

Thanks to Adrian Shaughnessy for drawing attention to this fascinating collection.


June 11, 2011

A treasure trove of found images, classic graphics and advertisements. New discoveries are being posted all the time, so designspiration is a useful website to bookmark and return to.

I found this site when I came across a selection of graphics and photomontage from advertisements in Ty i Ja (Me and You illustrated magazine), published in Poland in the 1970s. One link leads to another.

Thanks to Adrian Shaughnessy for bringing Ty i Ja to light.


May 11, 2011

Typetoken is a new online magazine that discusses and reviews the world of typography, icons and visual language.

A collaboration between graphic designers Mike Sullivan of Mister and Mark Millic of Modularlab, and web developer David Cole of Mayfield Digital, typetoken features contributions from designers around the globe and aims to be a source of inspiration for those drawn to what’s new in mainstream and experimental typography and iconography.

The first post contains a video interview between dezeen magazine and Wim Crouwel for his UK retrospective exhibition at the Design Museum in London. Another post, Spacing system by Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert shows typesetting guides for the typeface, Transport, used in 1958 for UK road signage. It also has a video interview with Margaret Calvert. See Eye 78, where the late Paul Stiff explores why Kinneir and Calvert’s road signage has stood the test of time.

dezeen: from the monthly archives 2

April 17, 2011

From the monthly archives of Dezeen, some of the ways that designers play with time and space:

Clock by Christiaan Postma

Dutch designer Christaan Postma devised more than 150 synchronised clock mechanisms that rotate their own corresponding metal bar in a seemingly scattered arrangement until they fall into alignment on the hour to tell the time. It’s an impressive feat of patience, planning and — forgive the pun — timing. Postma uses up to five bars to construct a character for the numbers ONE to TWELVE. The video demonstrates the process in under two minutes.

ANZAS Dance Studio by Tsutsumi and Associates

This Beijing dance studio is designed by local architects Tsutsumi and Associates. The telescopic depth of the mirrored walls is tempered by an astonishing illusion of fog, created by the addition of graduated white dots, giving a focus to the tigerwood floorspace.

Zenith music hall by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

Perceptions change with the time of day in this French music hall by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas. This building, in Strasbourg, is covered with a translucent textile membrane that looks solid in daylight, but, like a lantern, illuminates its internal structure at night time. It acts as a huge billboard, hosting projections of upcoming events for passers-by.

Graphic Design Examples Worldwide 2

April 5, 2011

Rachel Arandilla’s sequel to her acclaimed blog, Graphic Design Examples Worldwide.

Here she covers Scandinavia, Israel, Russia and Africa.

The Design Directory

March 29, 2011

A valuable resource, the Design Directory is an International design links database covering 50 design categories, running from costume design (7 entries) to graphic design (1,691 entries) and taking in animation, architecture, fashion, furniture, illustration and urban design along the way. The major categories have a list of the Editor’s Choice. The Graphic Design link takes you to a list of sub-categories including magazines, where you’ll find How and Graphis (United States), and the bi-lingual  idpure (Switzerland) and novum (Germany). You can also view blogs, ezines, portfolios and galleries here and in other design areas.

The Design Directory is a good page to bookmark and browse.

The global portal for art and design

March 19, 2011

The Creative Roots archive draws on 140 countries for its inspiring posts covering graphic design, photography, architecture and much else besides.

Thanks to Maria Popova, cultural curator at Brain Pickings, and a noted Creative Roots fan.

Japanese Earthquake Relief Fund

March 17, 2011

From, a treasure trove of Japanese graphics — some posters, covers and advertisements from the 1920s and 1930s, including a 1936 poster for the subsequently cancelled Olympic Games of 1940.

Here’s the update on pinktentacle’s own situation in Tokyo:

  • TEPCO warns of possible large-scale power outages across Tokyo area tonight
  • Landlord is installing 7 kilowatt-hour solar array on roof. Respect.

Donations to the Japanese Earthquake Relief Fund can be made here.