Saturday, 29 October 2011


I couldn't like a magazine any more than PARQ.
Every issue is stylistically different similar to how 'The Face' worked. The type and layout is very experimental, and there are pages that I don't quite like where the images push too close the the type.

Friday, 28 October 2011

No.zine by Patrick Fry

These cool little zines are called no.zines were designed by Patrick Fry. It's a good example of a type focused publication supported by images and type as image. however because of the small amount of type that I will actually be laying out I need to think about how the publication is going to work and how the type will be spread along different pages which then brings up navigation.

oi-poloi - zine - Pica post

Another Zine that I've been looking through is this one from the Manchester based fashion store Oi Polloi title Pica-Post. It's very image based being a fashion zine but there is also a good amount of intelligent type + layout. I have started to think if the use of images would be aid the layout of type and act as a support not as a main aspect in the publication. The use of images would have to be minimal as it is a typography brief for a society associated solely with type.

Shellsuit Zombie - Magazine/Zine

I started to think more into the format of magazines which led me to zines. I think if I was going to go down this avenue I'd have to think about turning it into a series of zines in which 'The waitress' would have an entire publication to itself. This would allow me to take the brief further than just one publication for submission to ISTD and have several publications for module submission.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

The waitress by Jack Zipes

This is the text that ISTD have set us to place in a new
context outside of the book format.

I've always been a big fan of Grafik magazine and they're love
of typography and I was sad to see it end the other year due to
funding issues and cutbacks. Grafik has now returned and I'm
happy, before Grafik's return they were kind enough to send out
a pdf of the 'unpublished' issue.

The issue itself is very image based, but it is a design publication.
However their is a good solid presence of strong typography which
allowed the images to breath and in places the type itself is cropped
to form an image of itself. These are interesting techniques which
will go towards some good experiments if executed properly.

Elephant Magazine

Elephant magazine can be in part conceptual yet still follow
a typographical structure and I love that. The composition of
type (the elephant in the room) is daring but still conventional
and it sparks an invitation of curiosity and attraction.

Dazed and Confused - Korea

Already an established publication                                     
Dazed and Confused even the                                            
Korea version communicates a                                           
contemporary / cutting edge style                                      
through typography and image.                                          

I want to use the same tone with
'The Waitress' magazine and have
an emphasis on 'this is what magazines
might look like in several months'.

ISTD magazine research // Port

The magazine Port debuted earlier this year and from a designers perspective was drawn to it on the shelf straight away. Looking through the magazine you get the distinct feeling that Port have a strong belief in typography, especially strong stand-alone type. Throughout the publication theres a real sense of emphasis on the application of typography in place of image, for example where traditionally they'd be an image or photograph with supporting type on the turning right hand page there is instead a crisp, smartly composed page of typography. This is a good source of research for this brief, I can take away from this the application of type on a full page spread without image and how bold type can create an atmosphere across a publication,

ISTD magazine research

I began my research into the ISTD brief by
diving straight in magazine designs and formats.
The first magazine to come to mind was Little White Lies.
It's quite image based but the typography is slick and edgy
and in parts becomes image. 

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Monday, 17 October 2011

Thursday, 13 October 2011

high street and vintage store logos

Retro/vintage typefaces

visual research into Vintage type from different eras

I wanted to explore different typography from past eras and their context. I strayed a little away from just fashion and tried to research eras in general such as advertising. I came across some very interesting designs and something that connects them all are the worn tired colours that sit saturated compared to contemporary web + prints colours.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

More Jessica Hische

There is something nostalgic about Jessica Hishe's type here, the flourishes and shadow strokes really give the typeface a personality from a past decade. Maybe something to try in my design for Blue Rinse.