A couple of weeks ago, almost a year since I worked on designing it, Benzanoe Issue 65 was finally published. It’s been refined a bit since I last showed it to you and overall I’m really pleased with it and excited to finally have my own copy.
Apologies for the poor quality image, once I have completed the redesign of my website I’ll hopefully put some better shots of the magazine up on it.
Via Dion Star
There is a lot of things you can do with bubble wrap; protect presents, packing things, or you can just have fun popping it. But I don’t suppose you’d ever thought of creating typography with it had you? Lo Siento have though, as they’ve done just that, creating bubble wrap typography for the cover of Japanese magazine +81.
I Love Dust created the branding for Portsmouth art house cinema ‘No. 6 Cinema’ a few years ago now, however it’s something that I’ve always liked and recently rediscovered whilst looking at their website.
This awesome series of programmes that they produced as part of the brand redesign are perfectly simple. Using stills from famous movies and applying a half-tone effect to create a minimal style that isn’t overcomplicated by multiple colours. The image is also made the focus of the cover which promotes the programmes context.
Minimal typography, with only the logo, cinema name and issue number used continues this minimal style.
Overall, the branding and programmes have been produced in a style which I think perfectly relates to the art house style of the cinema itself.
To start this week of posts I’m going to talk about one of my favourite projects that I did during Art Foundation last year. For it I produced two fictional designs for the front cover of a possible future issue of Baseline Magazine.
We were tasked with creating a theme for the issue before designing the cover so I chose to look into typography and question why it should be produced in conventional ways.
So I gave you all a taster of my work on Issue 65 of Benzanoe Magazine in Sundays post, but now that I have pictures of the completed initial mockup I thought I’d show you them. As you may notice there have been a few changes since that post, with my ‘Define’ section being inverted to white on black and the ‘Design’ section being renamed to ‘Develop’. The layout of ‘Define’ has also been altered to increase the idea of clarity within it.
To recap, myself and nine of my peers formed the design team for this issue, which was headed by one of our course tutors who runs the magazine. Based on the theme of ‘The Future Is Only Present Hope’ we chose to split the magazine into four sections, with the fourth the actual magazine and the initial three chronicling the production and design of it.
I am a huge fan of design which is tactile, a physical item which the viewer can actually feel and experience. I’m even more of a fan of this kind of work when it is used to create an element of interaction between the product and its viewer, and this is what H55 and Studio8 Design have done with the two covers below.
I promised you earlier this week that today’s post would include some info on Issue 65 of Benzanoe Magazine and my work designing it, so here we are. Part of a ten person design team, we spent five days working on it, creating a concept for the design of the issue as well as the layout and other elements. The issue itself was based on the theme ‘The Future Is Only Present Hope’ and we chose to split the magazine into four sections, with the first three documenting the design and production of it and the fourth section the magazine itself.