Monday, December 20, 2010
In light of the recent news of Carine Roitfeld's resignation from Editor in Chief post at French Vogue, I thought I would post my favorite cover from her time at the magazine (2000-2010). It features Natalia Vodianova playing the part of the expectant bride, from April 2006. Along with her creative director Fabian Baron, Carine raised the bar for the Vogue enterprise, artistically and stylistically. This type treatment, an elegant serif expressed through italics and all caps has been widely imitated, but this is where it started. It's a perfect example of elegant type placement paired with a stunning cover image.
Posted by Shannon at 6:37 PM
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
One of the more interesting highlights of my fall was attending the NY Art Book Fair. Unfortunately I was unable to see the whole show due to the large volume of exhibitors, but I got a good taste and was lucky enough to snag a couple of books. One of the books was Lay Flat 02: Meta (pictured above), a photography book edited and produced by the artist Shane Lavalette. It's a book that I will endlessly revisit, to pore over the amazing photography and thought provoking essays, but also to admire as an art object, in and of itself.
Since I'm on this subject of the NY Art Book Fair, I thought I would link to this article written by Rob Giampetro about the fair. It's such an interesting analysis of this moment we're experiencing within the world of books and in the larger sense, print. I found it smart and inspiring. Lately I find myself thinking, "When I look back at this time in history, what defined this moment for graphic designers?" and "What will it look like in retrospect?" Everyone talks about how print is dead or we're on the cusp of a revolution in print (moving to web). But maybe print won't die. Maybe physical, tangible books will always hold value. Regardless of what happens, if in this moment, "newness is the mode", that's okay by me.
Posted by Shannon at 1:11 PM