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That may explain the sense of zen calmness that Luddy has brought to the magazine's design and production. He has continued the Mother Jones tradition as a showcase of smart, provocative illustration, while giving the design a look of grace and elegance. His cover designs remind me a lot of the first years of Mother Jones, when it was art directed by Louise Kollenbaum. The covers lean heavily on illustration, but tend to be understated, often humorous, provocative without being off-putting, and always smart and engaging.
For more on Luddy at Mother Jones, see this SPD Three Questions With interview (it also gives you a sense of Luddy's personal style).
The good news is that as Luddy builds his new yoga teaching website and prepares for a yoga retreat in Hawaii, the new creative director of Mother Jones will be Ivylise Simones, former art director of The Village Voice and Rides magazine, among others. Meanwhile, I can think of a few magazine staffs who could benefit from some of Luddy's calming yoga practice! We here at SPD say "namaste" to Tim, and wish him the best in his new career.
Here are 10 of our favorite Mother Jones covers created by Luddy, plus a hilarious "47 percent" wine label designed in honor of a Mother Jones custom blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. (According to Luddy, the wine is much better than the Presidential candidate who inspired it!)
(Above): July / August 2013, illustration: Tim O'Brien
(Above): Newsweek, November 12, 1973. Illustration of Richard Nixon by Robert V. Engle
The New Republic recently went through a change of ownership and a move to New York City, and with that they've hired Dirk Barnett as their first full-time, on-site art director. Heroun and Car will be working on The New Republic through the end of the year, while Dirk Barnett cooks up some coolness of his own behind the scenes. It seems like a good time to look back at the amazing body of work created over the past decade by Heroun and Car.
(Above): The New Republic, December 30, 2010. Illustration: Sean McCabe
Fast Company creative director Florian Bachleda has unearthed a classic story about that first Lois cover, and the Esquire publisher's worried response.
Here's Joanna Cochrane's description of her cover design process: "I usually don't get more than a few hours to decide on a solution for the cover. We have an editorial meeting at midday. Prior to that I don't know what the content that day will be. All the covers are turned around in a matter of hours. I discuss concept ideas with my editor, then execute the strongest one. Often there's a complete rethink to react to news at 4pm, and we go to press at 6.30. I use our imaging department or Steve Caplin if I need any retouching or manipulation done, and work to a strict budget, with an occasional illustration commission."
(Above): February 4, 2011. Photo illustration by Sarah Plane / Guardian Imaging.
On Thursday, April 21, SPD is presenting Bloomberg Businessweek: Process, an evening that will look behind the scenes with creative director Richard Turley and the Businessweek visual team. Tickets are on sale now. We expect they'll be sold out in the next couple days, so make your plans and reserve your space ASAP!
You can see these features and more on the Bloomberg Businessweek feature Flickr page here. You can get comments and smart visual ideas from Richard Turley on his Tumblr blog here. And if you're on Twitter, you can see the latest Businessweek covers as they're posted by following @BizWeekDesign.
You can see most of these covers on the Bloomberg Businessweek cover Flickr page here. You can get comments and smart visual ideas from Richard Turley on his Tumblr blog here. And if you're on Twitter, you can see the latest Businessweek covers as they're posted by following @BizWeekDesign.
Pictured above are 30 Bloomberg Businessweek covers from the 10 months. Get full illustrator and photographer credits here. Get tickets after the jump...
(Above): April 2009. Photograph: Alexander Koch, styling: Martin Kulik.
Post-production on all covers: Fernando Martins.
This is the fourth part of our month-long celebration of the art direction of Musician, featuring the work of Patrick Mitchell, who was the art director from 1989-1991. He had been doing Sunday newspaper magazines at The Dallas Morning News and Detroit Free Press before moving to Gloucester, Massachusetts, where Musician was based. Mitchell left Musician to be the art director of Garbage magazine, and in 1995 became the design director of Fast Company. In 2003 he launched PlutoMedia, where he is currently creative director.
(Above): November 1991.
This is the third part of our month-long celebration of the art direction of Musician, featuring the work of Miriam Campiz. After stints as an art director at The Boston Globe and Entertainment Weekly, Miriam headed up the art direction of Musician from 1983-85. After leaving she went on to art direct for Newsweek, Latina, Time, Allure, and many more publications, as well as teaching typography and graphic design at SVA and CUNY Baruch.
(Above): August 1994, Glenn Danzig. Photograph by Norman Watson.
This is the second part of our month-long celebration of the art direction of Musician, featuring the work of John Korpics. Korpics was the design director for 11 months, in 1992. Before that he had been the art director at Regardie's magazine in Washington, DC. After Musician, Korpics went on to be the design director of Premiere, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, Esquire, and InStyle. He is currently the design director at Fortune.
(Above): John Korpics: "My favorite Musician cover. I always hated the logo though. It was the ugliest logo I've ever had to design with. It was like putting a big turd on my covers."
SPD is going to be hosting a month-long celebration of the art direction of Musician, starting with the work of Gary Koepke. Koepke was an art director at Polaroid before moving to Musician in the mid-80s, where he worked with a staff of two others (a typesetter and an assistant). He describes his design approach at the magazine as "Simple and elegant. The articles were always by great writers, and the photos were all by amazing photographers, so I always respected the word."
After working at Musician from 1984-87, Koepke went on to be the founding creative director of Vibe, designed publications as diverse as Colors, World Tour, and Businessweek, and is the co-founder and executive creative director at creative agency Modernista!
(Above): April 1984. Photograph by Deborah Feingold.
(Above): April 1996. Photographer: David LaChapelle, design director: Markus Kierzstan, photo director: Greg Pond.
(Above): November 18, 1949, March 17, 1950, December 26, 1951.
(Above): November 1, 2010, illustration by Nick White.
(Above): Creative director: Derek Ungless, photographer: Isabel Snyder
*VERY special thanks to SPD's diligent volunteers, Lauren Heffron & Adri Ramdeane for their hard work!
This story was co-produced by Linda Rubes.
I'll never forget the first words he said to me, shortly after I had been hired. "Are you doing the makeup on my page?"
In some ways, I always thought that term was better than "layout".
Good luck Nat.
(Yeah, yeah, I know: that's not a Voice cover -- but it's just so perfect!)