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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The 48 Hour Hustle

48 Hour Magazine
is out with their first publication appropriately named ‘Hustle’. The creatives behind the experiment explain, “From noon on May 7th through noon on the 9th, a team circled up around the original Rolling Stone conference table in Mother Jones’ offices to transform 1,502 submissions from around the world into a chorus of voices, all harmonizing around the same theme: hustle. 48 Hour Magazine features 60 pages of writers and artists from your favorite magazines sharing space with previously unpublished new talent, shaped by some of the best editors in the business.”

For a peak click here.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 6:10 pm  

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Grown in a Lab

Photography and cell manipulation: Frank Conrad. Lab assistant: Bastion Ridley.

Creative Review seems to always come up with something new for their conceptually driven covers. Previous issues have taken them as far as Mumbai, while their February issue enabled subscribers to ‘grow their own tomatoes’. This month Creative Review literally grew the cover in a lab (as seen above). For more on how the cover was executed go here.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 3:38 pm  

Friday, January 22, 2010

Grow your own tomatoes

Creative Review is always trying new cover concepts. The February Issue is no different with the magazine packaged in a compostable bag. An added twist is that they added a few tomato seeds so the subscriber can grow their own tomatoes using the compostable bag. Instructions are on the back. Happy gardening.

Instructions on how to grow tomatoes:

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 4:58 pm  

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

I.D. Magazine, 1954–2009

Ralph Caplan, former editor-in-chief of I.D. magazine sheds light and reflects on the 55 years of the magazine in an article for the AIGA. The January issue will be the last printed version of the magazine and will be missed. To read the entire piece go here.

From AIGA article:
…I.D. got off to a better start in life than any child has a right to expect. My impression—and it is only that—is that the magazine went through a difficult middle period, when both it and the professions it served were unstable, unsure and unsurely perceived. There were the usual weight problems, acne, confusion about identity, uneven growth and flashes of brilliance. During that period I sometimes felt pangs of disappointment, even going so far as to ask, “Where did we go wrong?” My impression—only that—is that today the magazine has an enviable inner strength, self-confidence and direction. I don’t know that I have any right to take pride in that, but I do.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 4:32 am  

Monday, November 9, 2009

Regional Interpretations

Accomplished designer Jessica Walsh in collaboration with Alice Cho have put up some solid illustrations for the PRINT Annual that breaks down the geographical regions of the U.S. For more on the current issue go here.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 3:40 am  

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Phone Drawing

This weeks cover for the New Yorker was developed by artist Jorge Colombo. What separates this cover from previous ones is that his medium was an iPhone apps. called ‘Brushes’. The artist explains his process below:

The drawing was created by Colombo in just an hour, while he stood outside the Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum in Times Square. “I got a phone in the beginning of February and I immediately got the programme so I could entertain myself,” says the artist on the New Yorker website, where a film of his process can also be viewed. “Before, unless I had a flashlight or a miner’s hat, I could not draw in the dark.” Colombo also stated that drawing on the phone had the advantage of allowing him to draw without being noticed, although he does mention one drawback of phone painting: that when the sun is up, it is hard to see, “because of the glare on the phone”.

To see additional work by the artist you know the drill.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 8:32 am  

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Architectural Review has a new look

Image from Dezeen

The Architectural Review, which relaunches this month has been redesigned by Alexander Boxill. The redesign is the first in 20 years for the long standing magazine established more than 100 years ago. Thoughts?

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 5:00 am  

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

CR Taxi: Made In Mumbai

In January Creative Review incorporated woodblock type from São Paulo and hand-lettering from Amsterdam for their February issue. Determined to stay consistent within this theme of “taking a list of the issue’s content and asking a contributor to create a layout for us in their own style.” CR referred back to a trip to Mumbai for inspiration for the April “Type and Typography” issue and commissioned taxi artists from Mumbai to work their magic.

For any design-aware visitor, Mumbai’s yellow and black taxis, which constitute a major part of the city’s horrendous traffic, are a wondrous sight. The majority are richly decorated with a litany of the driver’s favourite things: like a MySpace page on wheels.

Head over to CR Blog for a detailed post documenting the story and process of developing their very own CR Taxi.

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 6:21 pm  

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

“Dark Skin + Muslim = Terrorist”

Back Cover:

March Issue: Colors 75: Cease-Fear Press Release
From the tragedy of the Twin Towers to the recent events in Mumbai, for many the threat of a new major act of terrorism necessitates relentless political, technological and day-to-day approaches to defense. But growing suspicion and fear of ‘the other’ has been the price of that defense. Colors 75 examines this fear and its consequences: From traveling, daily life and the little frailties we can smile at, to the often-concealed violations of human rights committed in the name of security.

To buy the March Issue click here:

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 7:14 am  

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Handy Crafters

In keeping with the craft theme today, check-out IdN’s latest issue “Handy Crafters”. Here’s a brief description:

Craft designers say they love being “hands-on”, that the feel of real material between their fingers and the inevitable imperfections of the process make it more exciting than purely digital work. They also say that it has its drawbacks — mistakes cannot be rectified with a click of the keyboard and it tends to be time-consuming!

posted by Oberholtzer Creative Staff at 12:11 pm  
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