Notebook 21 December 2015 | ILLUSTRATION The best stock illustration agency that I’ve come across is Ikon Images who’ve been around now for a couple of years. As their blurb says, “Ikon is London’s newest and most exciting specialist source of stock illustration. Working with a select group of today’s most sought after artists Ikon is committed to delivering you the very best in contemporary illustration.” They have some brilliant and renowned illustrator’s on their books including some of my favourites such as Grundini (above, and below in descending order), Adam Howling, Ian Whadcock, Nick Shepherd, Otto Detmer, and Andrew Baker. Of course, it’s always better to commission original illustration, but if budgets and deadlines leave you struggling then Ikon is a great resource to turn to.
Notebook 1 November 2015 | RESOURCES magCulture is the website and online journal of the magazine designer, author and magazine expert Jeremy Leslie and it’s a very good resource for anyone who is interested in editorial design. “It concentrates on the contemporary, with forays into history and a firm eye on the future. Daily posts review the best magazines and give general industry updates”. Jeremy Leslie’s 25 year track record includes time as Art Director at Time Out and Blitz and at John Brown Publishing, and he now runs a small London design studio. He has written three books about editorial design, most recently The Modern Magazine, and he regularly contributes to the creative press. He launched magCulture as a blog in 2006. The site includes a shop which is a good place to buy independent magazines especially for those people who live out in the sticks like myself. magCulture also organise events including their annual modmag one-day conference which includes a line up of industry speakers. This year’s session (modmag15) was held in October at Central Saint Martins School of Art in London …
Notebook: 7 October 2015 | RESOURCES | TYPOGRAPHY If you’ve not come across it before, fontsinuse.com is a good resource site for typographers. They describe themselves as, “An independent archive for typography”. If you have a font in mind that you are thinking of using and you want to see how it looks, you simply run a search for it and it throws up lots of examples of past useage. Whereas a google image search for a font tends to just give you a ‘font catalogue’ version, fontsinuse will show you proper working examples that fontsinuse members have supplied. It also allows you to search across different formats and industries, for example: Architecture, Art, Automotive or Newspapers, Magazines, Books and so on. There are lots of great fonts to peruse including a whole bunch of historical beauties, and new fonts/finds are being added all the time.
Notebook: 13 January 2015 It’s Nice That is an excellent online magazine site focussing on graphics, illustration and photography. Founded in 2007, It’s Nice That has grown across many platforms – there’s the website which is updated daily plus Printed Pages (a printed quarterly magazine), a design annual and assorted talks, lectures and events. Take a look here.
Notebook: 26 October 2014 If you’ve not come across it before, take a look at the website coverjunkie. It’s an Aladdin’s cave of great looking magazine covers – or in their words, “Coverjunkie is an addiction to magazine covers you wanna lick. A celebration of creative covers & their ace designers”. The covers are all arranged in useful sections such as Classic covers, Controversial covers, Typographic covers and even Kate Moss covers. Here’s just one cover that caught my eye with it’s simple, finely crafted typography, strong cover image and with the slightly odd title of Garden & Gun.