The Value of Design
The catalyst for this report on the value of design in business was the outpouring of reader comments that arrived after a bad-tempered blog post
By Helen Walters
It has been two years.
GQ magazine just received a gold award for MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR (2011) from SPD. This is the third Gold award for Magazine of the Year for GQ under Fred Woodward’s creative leadership.
Now in its 46th year, the SPD Competition yields the highest examples of design, photography and illustration excellence in both print and digital platforms.
Covers from IL – Intelligence in Lifestyle magazine.
IL is a supplement to the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 ORE. It was first issued in September/2008. content focuses on contemporary passions and consumptions. I love the combination of serif (Publico) and sans serif typefaces and the over all design consistency.
Francesco Franchi, one of the art directors for IL, archives all the covers on his Flickr feed, check it out.
Kenya Hara is the kind of person who sees endless possibilities within emptiness.
Succinct and rationalized, the Japanese graphic designer and art director of the esteemed collective MUJI, believes that design, whether it is good or bad, can enhance a spiritual awakening in people. The ideology can be found through every aspect of Hara’s work, whether it is his international touring exhibitions: RE-DESIGN, Haptic, and Japan Car, a fragrance for Kenzo; or a signage system for a hospital. In celebration of the MUJI brand’s 30th year in the marketplace, Rizzoli has published MUJI, wherein he writes, “MUJI has been called many things: low-consumption, inexpensive, simple, anonymous, natural. In our vision, MUJI is defined by none if these adjectives alone, but is in accordance with them all. MUJI is an empty vessel.” (more…)
Better Homes and Gardens, the flagship publication of Meredith, is redesigned. Pentagram partner Luke Hayman (New York City) and his team involved with the redesign process. The British-born designer has been an art director at New York magazine and redesigned several magazines such as Brill’s Content and Travel + Leisure.
The redesign had an emphasis on typography. “opener titles are exaggerated, cropped and rendered in the chunky sans serif font National. The bold type is made more delicate by a soft color palette and is complemented by fonts from the Freight family. ”
“Clean, classic and modern, the refresh is timed to the introduction of new features and designed to serve the magazine’s readers.”
The new designed October issue (2010) is available on newsstands. Make sure to check out.
To read the whole story from http://pentagram.com/en/new/2010/09/new-work-better-homes-and-gard-1.php