Posted tagged ‘GQ’

Guitar Aficionado Magazine

April 11, 2010

So I only picked this up because I was counting the magazines in Borders with Jeff Bridges on the cover (there were a lot). It’s completely different from what I was expecting. I thought I was going to see dry, copy heavy, middle of the road layouts with some crappy manufacturer-supplied photography, and a feature well phone interview with Jeff Bridges filled out to 20 pages with whatever publicity stills and photos they could rustle up from the interwebs. (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…

Megan Fox in GQ. Look! There’s other stuff in this issue too!

October 10, 2008

My wife didn’t like it when this issue of GQ arrived in the mail. She didn’t say anything. She didn’t have to. I could tell by the way it had been left lying on the dining table, for me to see as soon as I came in the door.

There’s really not much to say about this that I couldn’t say about a bunch of magazines out there, except for the fact that it reminds me so much of british men’s magazines all through the 90’s and their porn but not porn approach to content. The pop-art type stuff in the layout is cool, but it’s really overshadowed by… well, by Megan Fox’s tits and mouth, which this article may as well have used as a title. Am I turning into my mother by saying that I almost feel used just because this arrived in my mailbox? Hey, at least it feels like I (and my male weakness) are being taken advantage of, and not the woman in the photo for once.

Also in this issue, there’s a pretty awesome looking shoot with Dennis Quaid. I dunno why it struck me so much, but I REALLY like it. I think the stylist, location guy, photographer, everyone did an awesome job. I shot him once at his house with his then new wife and didn’t think what we got was all that great (to be fair to me though, and because I’m an asshole, I wasn’t even really there for a reason other than to make sure everyone turned up…it was one of those ‘we’re not paying you because look at the opportunity you’re getting’ gigs. You know, the usual shit publishers pull. Oh and the person who supplied clothing for the shoot was a first-class PRICK. Ahem. But Dennis Quaid and his wife were very nice and accomodating.) Anyway, this shoot looks like he had a lot of fun, and it really shows in the pictures.

GQ Eric Bana cover reminds me I am fat, ugly

February 25, 2008

New american GQ arrived in the mail this weekend. Eric Bana looks good on the cover… is there some weird photoshop going on where his shirt tucks into his pants or is it just the shirt material? Maybe it looks weird because I can’t see any buttons on his shirt. The coverline ‘Eric Bana * Killer Good Looks’ wouldn’t make me want to go read the story on him if I wasn’t already a fan. What is that coverline saying? Down at the bottom of the page there’s a box with a 8pt pink border around it that looks a little clumsy, and a very small white caption looking box below that… I really like the cover photography, but the mixture of text and boxes on the cover layout looks clumsy I think, there’s nothing I look at first, nothing I immediately want to turn to.

The GQ contents page is fairly standard, easy to miss when when you eventually get there after 80 pages of ads.

I really like the look of the front of book stuff, none of it too long, easy to scan, looks interesting and cool. Nice mixture of fluffy content. I love The Sartorialist page, I can’t get enough of his blog since a friend introduced me to it. There’s a nice mixture of illustration, graphics sprinkled throughout the front of book and secondary editorial pieces, which I think is a good idea in a magazine like this, it helps identify the editorial from the photo/fashion heavy ad content.
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Eric Bana spread… the photography is beautiful of course, but I’m not digging the rubik’s cube illustration… the photography is strong, couldn’t it have stood on its own without the addition of an illustrated headline? The following spread (not pictured) is almost entirely text, with a few small photos and a continuation of the rubik’s cube theme as a drop cap.

Personally, this is why I think GQ is the world’s biggest men’s magazine. I freakin’ love this piece… taking young guys off the street (ok, not off the street and yes they’re all better than average looking) and dressing them in clothes that suit their body type and confort level – and includes a look at them before and after. What’s awesome about this is that there’s very little to read but what is there is actually very helpful, for example choosing the correct length of shirt to wear untucked, and can be seen in the before and after shots. The whole piece is so simple and so effective.
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