+1 Magazine

We’ve designed the cover for the forthcoming issue of our favourite free mag +1 Magazine. Should be in shops around the end of July, and will also include a feature on the relentless battle of La Boca vs DC Recordings (with some awful images of us I suspect!).

Inspired Flight – Launch

Last night I dropped by the launch party for new creative mag Inspired Flight. They are calling it a Trizine™ as the content is spread between the web, a printed mag and a DVD. It’s a nice mag, made by nice people – check it if you come accross a copy (the first issue has a great feature on Flying Lotus).

Trax Magazine Interview

We were very happy to have a small feature on La Boca in the last issue of Trax Magazine in France. The piece also features interviews with some of our hero’s/friends including Julian House, Non-Format, Smal&Paze and our agent label-mate Douglas Lee.

Grafik Magazine – Issue 170

I was very honoured to contribute some of my nonsense to the Viewpoint section of Grafik magazine this month (p.90 – issue.170). The topic for debate this month, “Does graphic design have an image problem?.

Creative Review – Barney Bubbles article

I’m very honoured to make a brief appearance in an article on Barney Bubbles in the current issue of Creative Review (January 2009 – p26-27). The article is written by David Knight, and even though I’m talking nonsense in there, it’s good to see Barney finally getting some of the recognition he deserves.

I quite like the cover of this months issue too. Here’s the story of how it came about.

Design – No.82 October 1955

I recently picked up this nice copy of Design magazine (No.82 – October 1955). Design was published by the UK Council of Industrial Design, and I guess was almost a kind of forerunner to publications like Design Week or Creative Review. The cover of this issue features a logo for The Design Centre for British Industries, designed by Hans Schleger, and also features a nice mini-booklet on The Design Centre sewn in to the central spread.

My primary interest in the magazine is that from 1955-62 it was art directed by the great Ken Garland. During my university days (many years ago!) I was fortunate enough to attend a number of lectures by Ken, and he has remained an inspiration to me ever since. One of the few designers to stand up and fight for causes he believes in, his continued passion should be a lesson to many of us. Amongst the great achievements of his career, I believe Ken was also responsible for instigating the original First Things First manifesto in 1964.

There is also a brief, but interesting interview with Ken in the current issue of Grafik Magazine (Issue 169, 2008).