Complex magazine: Tim Leong retrospective

Complex magazine: Tim Leong retrospective Tim Leong was the design director at Complex magazine for the past four years. He recently left the magazine to move to San Francisco and be the art director at Wired. At Complex he developed a look that was fun, energetic, sexy, and diverse, reflecting the magazine's hip, street attitude. Leong used a rapid-fire mix of cool photography, photo illustration, cartoony illustration, and high-powered graphic typography to create a very original and totally rocking design. Here's a short retrospective collection of Leong's Complex covers and feature spreads.

(Above): Keri Hilson, August/September 2009. Photograph by Matt Doyle, illustration by So-Me.



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Kanye West, 2009. CGI by Chris Milk.


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The Clipse, October/November 2009. Photograph by Matt Doyle, illustration by KAWS and Eddie Guy.


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Eminem, December 2009/January 2010. Photograph by Matt Doyle, logo/effects by Digital Fusion.



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November 2008. Photograph by Matt Doyle.


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February/March 2010. Photograph by Barnaby Roper.


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February/March 2009. Photograph by Danielle Levitt.


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December 2009/January 2010. Photograph by Matt Doyle.




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  • Vanessa Ynda

    I've always loved the work Leong did at Complex, and Matt Doyle is an amazing photographer.

    The Keri Hilson, and Kaws covers are a beautiful combination of illustration and photography, retouched by Fix Studios.

    I too can't wait to see what happens at Wired.

  • Julia Spangler

    Love the different logo treatments, especially on the Eminem cover. He really pulled off making the logo look like part of the photograph. Sharp typography on the spreads too. Can't wait to see what Leong does at Wired!

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