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3x3 Magazine: End of a (Print) Era

Posted by Rebecca Blake on September 20, 2013

We were sad to hear the news that illustration magazine 3x3 Magazine has put its last print issue to bed. The magazine has had a good run – in its 11 years of existence, 22 issues have been printed, featuring the work of over 60 illustrators, with hundreds more appearing in 3x3’s gallery, showcase, and spotlights. Although 3x3 is suspending print publication, there are plans to continue to promote quality illustration through its website, blog, books and annuals, and (as reported on their blog) “soon new offerings.” As publisher Charles Ivey wrote in his announcement, “There are projects lying dormant on my desk. Books I want to write, monographs to edit and design, podcasts to produce, apps to develop and design projects in the idea-stage that deserve to see fruition.” We’re intrigued to see what direction 3x3 takes.

The Interaction of Color: Truly Interactive

Posted by Rebecca Blake on September 17, 2013

Interaction of Color iPad app and book, © Yale University PressDesign students (particularly those of a certain age) are familiar with Joseph Albers’ tome, The Interaction of Color, published by Yale University Press. The popular reference is an explanation of Albers’ complex color theories, first published in 1963 and illustrated with 150 rich color plates. The Press recently released The Interaction of Color as an iPad app. The app contains the full text of the original book, including 125 color plates and 60 color studies. It’s enhanced with over 2 hours of video commentary and an interactive feature that permits the user to move and overly color swatches. Users can also create and save designs and color palettes into a format read by vector-based design software, such as Illustrator.

For those who prefer the feel of paper (and want to experience Albers’ work in the medium for which it was intended), the Press is also selling an affordable paperback release of the book, released in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the original publication date.Those with deeper pockets can purchase the complete edition as a two-volume set, including lush silk screens of the color plates.

Joseph Albers (1888 – 1976) was a Bauhaus-educated stained glass artist, designer, printmaker, and painter. In 1933, under pressure from the Nazi regime, Albers and his wife Anni emigrated to the United States. Albers became a noted teacher at Black Mountain College in North Caroline; his students included Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg, and Susan Weil. In 1950, he headed the newly-formed Department of Design at Yale University, where he remained as a Fellow after his retirement. Albers is most noted for his work as an abstract painter and color theorist, particularly for his extensive series, “Homage to the Square.” During his diverse career, he created stained glass, designed furniture, printed woodcuts, and produced reliefs in rock and steel.

Below: The app includes interactive color-swapping and video commentary.
Images © Yale University Press.

Interaction of Color iPad screenshots © Yale University Press

Web Designer Excuses

Posted by Rebecca Blake on September 13, 2013

DesignTAXI recently reported on a website every web designer will want to bookmark. “Excuses for Lazy Designers” projects fresh excuses for why a web design project is off track. The excuses range from the obvious (“No-one uses IE anyway”) to the insider (Josef Müller-Brockman”). The site was created by Cole Peters, digital designer for Future Workshops, an app development firm in the UK. Peters was inspired by the equivalent website for developers, “Excuses for Lazy Coders.” The DesignTaxi article is especially amusing for the typographic smackdown of Cole’s designs in the reader’s comments (“It’s a typographic thing.”). Designers are a tough crowd all around.


Brought to our attention by @designTAXI

The excuses provided range from the obvious (top), to the trendy (middle), to the insider (bottom).

Carrier Pigeon:  Giving Wings to Creativity

Posted by Rebecca Blake on August 29, 2013

Carrier Pigeon, CP9 art © Richard Kegler In 2009, a group of New York City-based artists, illustrators, writers and designers collaborated on an ambitious project: a commercially distributed magazine in which the artists would have complete creative control. A Kickstarter campaign the following year successfully raised printing costs to cover the first issue. The result is Carrier Pigeon, an approximately 100-page quarterly magazine featuring original artwork and text by both up-and-coming and well-known contributors such as Marshall Arisman. Each issue functions as a work of art, with the layout uniquely designed by that issue’s art director.

The perusing – or interacting with Carrie Pigeon goes far beyond the reading experience. Each issue incorporates tactile or dimensional features. For example, Volume 2, Issue 3, includes a magnetic pop-up paper sculpture by cover artist and painter Adam Lister; the issue covers images of sculptures which combine magnets with abstract paintings. The stories (fantasy, dark comedies, scifi, and other genres of fiction) are beautifully designed and illustrated with work in a variety of media, such graphite drawings, etchings, photographs, woodcuts, and paintings. Each issue also features six portfolios of international artists.

Now into its third year of production, Carrier Pigeon recently published their 10th edition, (the first issue of volume 3, CPX) and will be releasing it at the Governors Island Art Fair September 1st. The publication is a labor of love; the limited run of 1,000 copies is put together by volunteers and contributors, often in the workshop of printmaker and frequent contributor Justin Santz. The publishers hope to eventually have the magazine completely funded by subscribers, sales, and carefully selected advertising. Their vision is to keep the magazine as a creator-controlled, collaborative publication, one which “provides artists with a venue for telling stories in an undisturbed environment by fostering… unconditional artistic freedom in both direct subject matter and the interpretation of text.”

Above right: The front cover of the 9th issue, featuring three-color letterpress artwork by Richard Kegler. Below: The portfolio feature for artist Jennifer Ale from the 9th issue. All artwork © the artists.

Spread from Carrier Pigeon, CP9, artwork © Jennifer Ale

Career Listings — Guild Joins Coroflot’s Design Employment Network

Posted by Rebecca Blake on August 28, 2013

The Guild has joined Coroflot's Design Employment Network, bringing hundreds of career listings targeted to design and creative professionals to our website. The arrangement enables us to present an online job board, with postings that can be sorted by location, experience level, and/or keywords. The job board also provides an interface for employers to post jobs. Since career listings are part of  a global network of organizations and institutions, the scope of job postings and the audience for job listings is extensive. Partners participating in the network include The Design Observer Group, adforum, CreativePro, Bloomberg Businessweek, and How+Print.

Created and run by designers, Coroflot is an online portfolio and job board site which seeks to connect design talent with employers and clients, and promote good design across several disciplines, including illustration, graphic, industrial, fashion, and UX. Core77 is the industrial design arm of Coroflot, and serves that community with articles, forums, events, as well as job listings and a database of design resources.

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