Honestly, I never did. But recently I got this unusual job of designing some music sheets covers for a composer.
It’s the first time I do something like that so I investigated the topic to get an idea of this almost forgotten niche of editorial design: quite interesting!
It seems that with the advent of the internet everything has gone digital so you can find just old stuff, often bizarre and vernacular, or non-designed examples (which are the ones I like most). It’s an intriguing aspect of the relationship between music and design, more interesting to me than album covers or music posters.
This is a small gallery I collected but look for more at Library Of Congress image database.
1. the quality of being graceful and stylish in appearance or manner; style.
“a slender woman with grace and elegance”
2. the quality of being pleasingly ingenious and simple; neatness.
“the simplicity and elegance of the solution”
Use of the words “elegance” and “style” over last two centuries in english books archived in Google Books (click to enlarge)
So not only there is an overlapping of meaning between the nouns elegance and style, but data say that elegance is progressively going out of fashion, subbed by the more generic and appealing almost-synonim.
Still, especially in (magazine) design, style and elegance are two extremely different ideas, almost opposite.
Achieving elegant results requires expertise, refinement and, usually, a lot of time. To be stylish you need a good knowledge of what is hot at the moment and great tech skills to reproduce it. Neither of the two is an easy job, but apparently elegant designs – by definition pleasingly ingenious and simple – tend to be long-lasting and some of them become timeless. Which, I think, is what we all should aim at.
I am very excited for being part of My Favo(u)rite Magazine project and now that the real thing has shown up in my mailbox I can finally write something about it.
It is an actual magazine (just one issue, 180x240mm, 64 pages) conceived by Huffington Post editor Andrew Losowsky and Magculture.com editor Jeremy Leslie in order to rise funds for helping legendary creative director Bob Newman (New York magazine, Village Voice, Real Simple, Newmanology…) after an accident that left him in a coma for two weeks, with a long path to recovery ahead of him. He and his family now faces enormous medical bills so all proceeds from My Favo(u)rite Magazine will go to them.
You can find also my contribution among some really extraordinary professionals of the magazine and media industry such as Richard Turley (Bloomberg Businessweek), Marissa Bourke (Harper’s Bazaar), Rudy VanderLans (Emigré) and many others. I am so proud and honored!
It is a beautiful publication, with tons of interesting and inspiring thoughts from a wide range of designers (actually, 88 of them!).
If you wanna grab one and help Bob in his recovery just follow this link. A digital edition is available too.
Pictures shot with my iPad @ Urban Bean Coffee in Minneapolis, USA.
I am always happy when I find in my mailbox a big envelope from overseas, meaning that some independent magazine or book has made the transatlantic voyage to my little studio apartment in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
I was super excited to have finally issue #2 of Wearehere, an independent travel magazine edited by Conor Purcell, editor of Emirates’ Airlines Open Skies.
Wearehere #2 had an adventurous development. Being all about Dubai, it suffered of a particularly annoying form of censorship: advertisers retired their contributions because of pressure of local government authorities.
Instead of watering down its content and obey to Dubai government requests, Wearehere crowd-funded the entire issue (which is, in fact, ad-free) and went on press late but without censorship.
All the photos in the magazine have an instagrammish flavor, paper is thick and matte, stories are always intriguing and unexpected.
I am really proud of my little contribution and I strongly reccomend you to buy a copy and follow these guys here and on Twitter.
I bought this book at my beloved Magers & Quinn bookstore in Uptown Minneapolis some weeks ago.
The cover design is by legendary S. Neil Fujita, but also inside pages are beautifully composed.