Happy 4th of July

New Yorker, July 4 Cover

It’s Independence Day, so I’m going to try and post some American-centric items today, American artists who I really respect. I thought it would be fun to start these posts off with this week’s cover of the New Yorker, illustrated by 85 year old George Booth. George has been illustrating for the New Yorker since 1969, and he has such a casual, effortless style that you can hardly tell the difference between the cover above and this one from March 12, 1979. I really like how he chose to not go overly patriotic with this cover, it’s obviously a celebration, American flags flying brightly, offset by the pure whiteness of the wall. It’s simply perfect.

Bobby

July 4, 2011 / By

Everyday Magazine by Mikael Fløysand

Everyday Magazine by Mikael Fløysand

Everyday Magazine by Mikael Fløysand

Everyday Magazine by Mikael Fløysand

Everyday Magazine by Mikael Fløysand

I’m an optimist when it comes to magazines and printed matter in general. Are they going to be anything like they were in the last 100 years? No way. They’re going to inhabit a niche genre that people who appreciate print will continue to support. One day this all may change, but for the time being I feel confident, especially when you have talented people like Mikael Fløysand. Created as a semester assignment while he was at Westerdals School of Communication, Everyday Magazine “is a magazine about graphic designers & other creatives, focusing on the people behind the works rather than the work itself.”

It’s a pretty straightforward concept but I was really impressed with how he executed it. It’s image heavy, often taking up a full spread, lots of bright shapes and great typography. I also like how he broke up the three interviews by color, blue, red and green, a subtle concept that’s done well. I hope that Mikael one day has the chance to make Everyday, or some other magazine, a real deal.

Bobby

May 2, 2011 / By

Grafik Magazine 189 Preview

Grafik Magazine 189 Preview

Grafik Magazine 189 Preview

Grafik Magazine 189 Preview

Grafik Magazine 189 Preview

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Nearly 4 years ago I was desperately searching around the web for a theme to use for my then upcoming blog. There are plenty of WordPress themes out there, 99% of them are insane or crap, it’s a seriously difficult process. Then one day I came across the blog of a guy named Michael Bojkowski, who at the time was writing a blog called Boicozine. I have no idea how I came across it, but I immediately wrote him and asked him what he was using. He was totally nice and sent me a link to his theme, and I’ve been using the very same theme ever since then.

Cut to 4 years later and now Michael is the art director behind the revitalization of Grafik magazine. If you not familiar with the magazine there’s a tidy Wikipedia entry outlining it’s history. Basically it’s been around since the 80’s, was rethought by Caroline Roberts in 2003 and was recently shut down. But last month the magazine came back as a bi-monthly publication and it’s looking amazing.

Michael sent me a little preview of the newest issue which is available to order online and in UK stores on Thursday. It also has a special cover which was designed in collaboration with Ah! Studio. It’s so nice seeing quality magazines still being published, I can’t wait to get myself a copy.

Bobby

March 21, 2011 / By

Where Does Your Inspiration Come From? – RRR Zine Winners

RRR Zine Winners

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about RRR, a zine filled with an immense amount of inspiring images which featured the work of tons of great artists. It was so great I asked editor Scott Massey if we could have a little giveaway, so I asked where you found inspiration from, a simple question which I knew would get a multitude of answers. From the 81 comments, I chose my five favorites who will be receiving a copy of the zine.

I find inspiration in being in love. Whatever the object of my being in love is. Whether it is my house, or my dog, or a man, or an idea, or my dinner, my breakfast, my night, my work, a song, a picture, a country…anything that makes me feel love. When I am in love, everything around is beautiful. I see good all around, even if it is something tough, I might learn something. There is some good in evil, and when I am in love I can see that. When you are in love, there are no evil thoughts or feelings. Everything is beautiful, even your 7eleven coffee. When I feel in love, I want to be a better person, and thinking about that, my whole surroundings become a source of inspiration.

By missmota

I’m always inspired by the talent around me. Whether at the studio, or friends’ projects, seeing what they’re doing makes me want to be better and come up with new ideas. Also, cheese.

By Destin

[1] Traveling overseas, my travel journal, and photo album.
[2] But, I can’t always be traveling. I work inside an old train station and just across the tracks is an elementary school. Every time they have recess, I think of Milton Glaser in the film To Inform and Delight discussing the day care or elementary school outside of his office that gives his day a little boost when he hears them having recess at the same time everyday. It helps you remember to play and keep a momentum.
[3] BibliOdyssey. Aside from it being an amazing blog, it’s a nice reminder that people have been doing some form of design for as long as humanly possible.

By Joel

Alcohol and all nighters.

By Xerex

I get my inspiration virtually everywhere, but if I had to pick one I’d go with my music collection. I usually work with my iTunes library playing on random and it’s a constant source of ever changing inspiration. I mean can you even imagine life without music?

By Robert Weiss

Bobby

March 6, 2011 / By

RRR.002 – Review and Giveaway

RRR.02

RRR.02

RRR.02

Back in Novemeber of 2009 I reviewed a little zine called RRR, it was a collection of images from all kinda of artists and photographers and I was really impressed with it. Well now the second edition has been released and it happens to be even better than the first. Clocking in at 100 pages this 6 x 9″ zine is filled with all kinds of great artists like Mike Perry, Will Bryant, Andrew Holder, Ed Fladung, Gary Benzel and Keith Scharwath.

What’s great about a zine like this is that it’s filled with so much inspiration. Every page is different. There’s photos, then illustrations, then design, each one bursting with imagination. I know when I got my issue I totally poured over it, amazed by all the talented people and their beautiful work.

Lucky for you I’ve got 5 copies to give away thanks to the man behind RRR, Scott Massey. So how do you get your hands on one? Leave me a comment with your favorite place to get inspiration. My five favorite comments will win a copy, simple as that. Good luck!

Bobby

February 22, 2011 / By

Faesthetic No. 13

Faesthetic #13

Faesthetic #13

Faesthetic #13

The always busy UPSO has been putting out his magazine Faesthetic for 10 years now, and last week he released issue #13, the Luck issue. Faesthetic started out as a small, xeroxed zine and is now a beautiful full-color magazine featuring over 45 artists that will rock your mind. Guest cntributors include Jeff Staple, Jason Polan, Tiffany Bozic, Cody Hudson, Roger Gastman, Porous Walker, Destroy Rock City and everyone’s favorite, Mark Mothersbaugh, who created some punch out cards. I can’t fail to mention the crazy Mike Giant cover which in my opinion is a thing of beauty.

You can snag yourself a copy for only $13 by clicking here.

Bobby

January 21, 2011 / By

New York Magazine Interviews Tyler Brûlé

“Through the darkest hours of a sagging economy, there’s always an optimistic tone,” says Brûlé. “There’s lots of hectoring voices out there, a lot of anger about things, but that’s not why people come to our brand.”

New York Magazine did a little piece on Tyler Brûlé, creator of Monocle, personally my favorite magazine being published. Tyler Brûlé is an interesting character, some people like him, some hate him. I personally feel like he’s got some strong opinions and he firmly believes in those opinions. Does that make him come off as arrogant? Sure, but I think there’s something admirable in someone having strong convictions, I know I often feel the same way as he does.

There’s a part in the article though that I really appreciated, in which the author Amy Larocca sums up why a magazine like Monocle works in a sagging world economy: Great enthusiasms. And that’s what the quote at top is, it’s Tyler talking about keeping an optimistic tone with their magazine. It’s an outlook I share and try to bring to The Fox Is Black, no one wants to hear people complain or be negative. Despite what you think of Mr. Brûlé I’d suggest reading the article, it’s a nice insight into an interesting fellow doing great things.

Found through Levi Brooks

Bobby

January 2, 2011 / By

Esquire UK’s Subscriber Only Cover featuring Jeff Bridges

The year is almost over but a last minute contender for one of the best magazine covers of the year just popped up. Esquire UK’s subscribers were treated to a special edition cover with Jeff Bridges (who is currently on every cover of every magazine still being printed) that is exquisite. The photo was taken by Rick Guest and surprising enough the text was done by Jeff Bridges himself. I love that they chose a pale pink for the title, it compliments the overall color palette extremely well. There isn’t a whole lot more to say except that I wish more magazines looked like this.

Bobby

December 13, 2010 / By

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