Posted tagged ‘fashion photography’

Centro Y Sur magazine launches on Texterity, we’re very happy with how it looks (because we made it)

September 23, 2011

One of the many projects I’ve been involved with at October Custom Publishing is the page design, production and art direction – in fact pretty much all aspects of production – of Centro Y Sur magazine. A digital publication from the mind of Jason Z. Guest, we’re currently in our final week of production of issue 4. I thought I’d share a pieces from the last few issues. Seriously, this isn’t just a shameless plug, we’re really interested in hearing your feedback on the magazine’s usability, especially when it comes to navigation and ease of use. We spent FOREVER working on the internal nav for this – and then there’s Texterity’s own nav tools which come as standard in this particular hosting model. So I’m not going to say too much more – you can read the whole issue (and back issues) here. Some more pages from issue 4 after the jump. (more…)

October Custom Publishing Facebook page

October 30, 2009

I’m building a Facebook Fan Page for October Custom Publishing (my company), in order to try and get us out there a little more. On there you’ll be able to view almost every page of every magazine we’ve either published or been hired to create thus far. I’d really appreciate you becoming a fan, and I’m happy to return the favor! Take a look at the page here. Introduce yourself!

GivingCity issue 3 now available for download

May 27, 2009

UPDATE: Please download the 4th issue here!


Been super busy the past few months and really haven’t had time to update the blog at all. We’re happy that the new issue of GivingCity is now complete (at last!), and we can move on to the next one – and get that one done on time! Please take a look and give me your feedback. Also, please please please send the link to as many people as you can! (more…)

I’ve no idea what this magazine ‘Russia’ is about…

October 10, 2008

… (Russia maybe?) but I like the way a lot of it looks. Take the cover for example. What is that about? Look at the mixture of bolds and bold compresseds used in the logo. Then all that white space around a pencil drawing of a floating head. No type, nothing. Just a couple of lines in a black box at the very bottom.

Possibly the most depressing image I’ve seen (today) on one of the contents pages, but I like the style of photography and it would sit just as well in the front section of a GQ or Esquire. The layout itself is fairly standard, not much going on there.

There’s no set style for the various types of info they display graphically, which lends a nice quirkiness to the already obviously not your run-of-the-mill content, and the style also suits the apparently low-budget for images and/or illustration.

There are also some really good, rich and colorful portraits and fashion pages… no idea if the general film look on some of these was achieved by actually shooting on film and exposing somehow, or if it’s all digital and post. Anyway…

Product pages in W magazine

April 4, 2008

Lots of white space on these product pages from the latest issue of W (March 2008). I guess with their larger format they have a lot of room to play with, so it’s nice to see they’re not just trying to cram everything and the kitchen sink in there. There’s an incredible amount of advertising in this magazine, the front of the book alone has some amazing looking photography in the ads there (as well as four contents pages!). I was surprised how short the feature on Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson was – just 10 pages. For some reason I was always compare to the feature they had a couple of years ago with Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie which, while amazing, seemed to go on forever!
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(Still not seeing much evidence of this infestation of blue that we were assured of in print design for 2008, but I am seeing orange everywhere, and similar orange/yellow palettes a lot. Sorry – random thought.)

Esquire UK redesign trims the design fat, and considers its aging audience?

April 1, 2008

So I got a copy of the redesigned UK Esquire magazine, with Naomi Watts on the cover. I’m sure I’m late to the party on this, but living in the US has made it a lot harder to keep track of the magazines I used to read while living in London (but can’t afford to subscribe to any more). First things that strikes me about the cover is how clean and and clutter-free it is, the modern/retro 60’s looking font they’re using on the main coverlines (and throughout the magazine), and finsaly the thick black bar bleeding over from the black spine on the left. It’ll be interesting to see if the cover is a definite way-forward in terms of the white space used there, and relatively simple but effective photography allowing each element room to breathe. I was thrown by the headline font for a second or two, but I think I really like it. To me it looks very London, very cool, aware of its huge backlog of influences and very unique…no-one’s going to be able to copy this easily without it being obvious where they’re lifting the idea from. The black bar bleeding from the spine seems to help the overall impact of the cover….covering it up and looking at the cover alone, it seems to lose a lot of impact, so I think the black bar was a good call, helping frame the important stuff to the right. It looks like the Esquire logo has taken a considerable step back toeward it’s original look too, contributing to the retro-feel.

The contents page is very straightforward and clean, easy to read. The thumbnails of the pages don’t do much more than re-affirm what you’re looking at, and I think they’d have been a little more effective on the right-hand side of the page away from the full-page ad to the left.

The clean, no-frills graphic-treatment continues inside on the front-of-book stuff. There’s a nice, airy feel to the pages, even the ones that are copy-heavy. The continued use of the new font seems to be the dominant element of the redesign, providing the biggest visual clue that something is different. It doesn’t feel over-used yet. I’m assuming, although I have not researched the decisions behind the redesign, that the redesign as a whole is aimed at their readership that has now presumably moved on or grown up/out of the lad-mag culture which was so huge at one point in the UK.
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The cover story continues the Naomi Watts image from the cover, all on white, very clean and what looks like maybe a condensed/light version of the new main font, nicely separating the feature well from the rest of the department content.
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Note that the sidebar here, as on other pages, is only called out by a thick black bar running across the top, there’s no large header or background color separating it from the rest of the copy.

There’s a large amount of fashion-photography-driven content, with some amazing sets/locations being utilised. I’d love to know how long and how many people it took to set this shoot up from concept to completion. It’s nice not to have the model taking up the entire page or spread in each shot, there’s a generous amount of background used, and the shots pull back far enough to really give a sense of the scale of the production, without taking away from the products on display.
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The retro feel continues with this studio-shot fashion feature. Paint is awesome!

And I love the 60’s vibe in this studio-shot peice, which uses cardboard cutouts of illustrations by James Taylor as props and set-pieces.

Smaller prouct driven pages such as this one are really nice and clean, I seem to be a sucker for pages with symmetrical image boxes such as this one.

On page 129, there’s a section called ‘Critics’, which contains their film, tv, music, books etc reviews, and another self-explanatory section called ‘Business’. It’s interesting as they’ve chosen to fit it all in one or two signatures and print those signatures on cheaper paper-stock in one color. I wasn’t sure why at first but in thinking about it for 5 seconds, really there’s no big use of images, no compelling photography used here, the reviews are just that – reviews, not fashion or product pages. In a way I guess they’re stating that the content is really worth reading, and needs some time invested in it, it’s not another glance-through section of the magazine.
Or I might be talking crap and they’re just out to save money.

Finally, I wanted to call attention to this secondary feature opener, another nice clean use of good photography and their new font.

All together I think the issue looks great, it certainly seems much more mature than many of its competitors, and really feels like it feels good about its own content. The confident, vaguely old-school vibe given off by the font use, white space and treatment of some of the graphics/photography makes it feel like a magazine that really knows the direction it wants to go in, and exactly what it thinks its audience want to see.

Interview magazine

February 21, 2008

I really like this page from the latest issue of Interview. I mean, the whole magazine is good, but this one just stood out to me. I guess there’s so much fashion stuff shot in the same environment that to see someone posing a little differently is fun… and I really like the four squares arrangement.

Also, this magazine is HUGE! Even my cat thinks so (pictured). Like the cover photos too.