The New York Times’ Arts&Leisure critics curate a selection of the best cultural events and releases for their annual The Year in Culture issue. We took the idea of a specimen box and brought it to life by representing “the arts” as beautiful, collectable artifacts to treasure and display. Art Director: Paul Jean
We hand-cut the paper silhouettes, typewrote the labels, and went on a wild search for the perfect pins with which to impale our paper specimens, culminating in this life-size cover photograph.
The Washington Post Outlook's annual Spring Cleaning issue discusses 10 overdone, obsolete trends and topics. We created a garbage-based photo illustration series for the cover and interior spots.
The Time Magazine Answers Issue looked at numbers behind some burning (and a few not-so-burning) questions. Art Director: D.W. Pine
Our cover design is reminiscent of 3D bar graphs, a nod to the data visualizations that illustrate each answer inside the magazine.
This lettering illustration represents the continuous explosion of arts releases throughout the year. Hidden inside the burst, the 2014 symbolizes how Times' critics curate the best cultural events and releases for The Year in Culture issue. Art Director: Paul Jean
A detail of the illustration.
To illustrate the cover of ESPN Magazine‘s 2011 “Best In Sports” issue we portrayed hundreds of sports balls, discs, pucks, spheres, shot puts, birdies, and more, all flying together to form the words “Best In Sports.” Art Director: Jason Lancaster
We teamed up with photographer Frank Hamilton to capture the hundreds and hundreds of balls in all of their glory.
Metropolis‘s “What’s Next” issue predicts the impact (and necessity) of visionary design ideas one, five, and ten years in the future. On the magazine’s cover, the title letters become cut-paper doors, looking inside the issue’s contents. Art Director: Criswell Lappin
OFFICIAL SELECTION, PRINT MAGAZINE’S REGIONAL DESIGN ANNUAL
The Arts&Leisure section’s annual “Year in Culture” issue features Times‘ critics discussing the year’s cultural highlights. Since this issue is purely retrospective, we created a backwards 2006, as if one were looking back through the numerals to the beginning of the year. Art Director: Paul Jean
SOCIETY OF NEWS DESIGN: Award of Excellence
For this Washington Post Food feature about the vagueness of many recipes on salting food, we created a typographic illustration of the headline using various salts and measuring implements. Art Director: Kim Vu
A detail of the typographic illustration.
We wrote a fake classified ad that seeks artwork in exchange for “exposure” to accompany Tim Kreider's excellent essay on the perils of working for free and the internet's devaluation of creative work.
This custom lettering treatment and background design was loosely inspired by communist propaganda posters, while maintaining some of the general shapes and proportions of Franklin Gothic (Time’s type family). Portrait of Kim Jong Un: Tim O’Brien. Art Director: D.W. Pine
We created this Mad Magazine-style fold-in to accompany editorials by Republican pollster Frank Luntz and former Democratic Majority Leader Tom Daschle, each recommending ways for a polarized congress to come together to address the country’s urgent problems. Art Director Kristin Lenz worked the “don’t be mad” fold-in concept into the layout as the two editorials are pulled together when the page is folded.
For this Time cover story on data mining—the process where your personal information and online habits are collected and sold to marketing companies—we created this portrait of author Joel Stein from Joel’s actual data as collected by several major U.S. data mining companies. Art Director: D.W. Pine
This cover lettering-illustration helped introduce the new look of Imperial Magazine with this exploded diagram of the word “explore.” Art Director: Beth Elzer
The details in each exploded letter represent the different feature articles in the issue.
We made the lettering and typography for this Time cover, integrating it with a papercut-style illustration by the artist Ai Weiwei.
This cover design for Time's Election Guide takes the form of campaign buttons that represent some of the 2012 election's key issues. Art Director: D.W. Pine
Time Magazine's special Money issue focused on the theme: "How We Spend." The articles in this issue related to American spending habits and consumer financial trends, as well as the growing gap between rich and poor Americans. Art Director: D.W. Pine
We drew this psychedelic lettering treatment to accompany a cover story about a subculture of people who experiment with new psychoactive drugs. Art Director: Thomas Alberty
For the Arts&Leisure section’s annual issue on the new season in the arts, we ripped The New York Times‘ logo in half, juxtaposing it with a season ticket to create this full page cover. Art Director: Paul Jean
SOCIETY OF NEWS DESIGN: GOLD MEDAL
This special issue of the Times Book Review focused on many facets of the political spectrum—from party politics to 60s radicalism to racial pandering. Our cover illustration emphasizes the broadness and complexity of the issue. Art Director: Nicholas Blechman
This cover review of Jennifer Egan's novel A Visit From the Goon Squad details the book's dizzying, intertwined narrative of an ex-punk rocker going not-so-gently into middle age. The "band" names in our imaginary punk rock stickers combine the fire and certainty of punk youth culture with the complexity, humor, and sadness of the characters from the novel. Art Director: Nicholas Blechman
For the cover of the Times‘ Summer Movies preview, we illustrated this array of iconic cinema sunglasses, which filled the Arts&Leisure section’s cover. Art Director: Paul Jean
This article for the Week In Review section discussed how divisive issues such as global warming and race can become more diffused over time... or not. Our anthropomorphic words illustrate some of the author's key points. Art Director: Aviva Michaelov