Saturday, 14 January 2012

Image/Existing Editorial Covers from The Guardian.

A selection of past covers for the newspaper suppliment 'G2' (the culture and lifestyle suppliment) found within 'The Guardian' newspaper. Famed for it's eye-catching and unique cover designs, I decided to look a variety for inspiration of the paper's existing design, and to find any particular style which may be a reacurring feature- more reviews and annotations of the images featured below.

With these examples, at least, the most common re-occurrences are type- both informative and illustrative, vector illustration and photography- certainly something to consider when creating my own editorial images for the brief.

Really simple- and really effective... the reversed out 'wow' type on this solid-block orange background speaks volumes. This is the minimalistic style of design that just gets me every time- wish I'd done it first.

LOVE this cover design- creative vector illustrations, clean, crisp, with a high-impact colour palette on the cover. The illustrative type works wonderfully with the fluidity of the liquid-like illustrative detailing it sits within.

A great example here of how the G2 suppliment  combines methods of delivery and design outcomes creatively to make a well-rounded and fitting design- here, type, vector illustration background layer and photography are all applied in this bright and eye-catching design with high-impact, engaging colour palette.

A wonderful example of capturing a "moment in time" for editorial photography. In my mind, photography for print-based publication design such as magazines or newspapers works best with either complete spontaneity, or complete control- and the spontaneity in this shot is remarkable- staged or not, it really captures a moment in time, and is a strong example of visual communication- with a clear, direct narrative.

In response to the last example image- this being an example of editorial imagery with complete control- studio shot photography, and edited afterwards in computer-aided software for a bold, poignant and eye-catching design. In my own design practice, along with illustration, photography is a particular strength and "preference"- I'd definitely like to try out more studio-based work throughout this module, if appropriate to the given outcome.

Wonderfully simple use of block colour and logo/iconography in this design-a great example of graphic design as visual communication- bold, strong, and effective design- instantly recognisable, and instantly understood.

A little more creative this time (in relation to my usuaul design practice)- I love the way that the material used as photographic imagery has also been translated as illustrative type- really subtle, yet totally creative- I'd love to try out more photographic hand-rendered/3D type within the module.

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