How she turned The New York Times upside down, quite literally.
Founded over 120 years ago, The New York Times Magazine is the weekly, Sunday magazine supplement of the daily newspaper, distributing 2.5 million copies, with an accompanying online edition.
Whilst partially weighted by some of the gravitas derived from its parent publication, having previously investigated topics such as workplace sexual harassment, US political party tensions and the refugee crisis, it does not allow this to constrict its editorial freedom, exploring an array of subjects and formats.
Indeed, the magazine has been known to visually delve into more daring realms, such as dedicating an entire issue to demonstrate the height of New York’s tallest buildings by rotating the publication sideways, as well as using new technology to make journalism more immersive and engaging by bringing issues, such as the refugee crisis, to life for readers through virtual reality (VR) to document the lives of displaced people in Lebanon, South Sudan and Ukraine. …
‘Lighthearted, optimistic and playful’
These are the words used to describe the colour of 2019; a vivacious orange shade with golden undertones, also known as Living Coral (Pantone 16–1546).
Created by Pantone, the institute provides a universal language of colour that authorises colour associated decisions through every stage of the design process for brands and manufacturers. Since 2000, Pantone have chosen a Colour of the Year, influenced by trend observations from areas such as travel, fashion, design and decor.
The announcement of Living Coral came shortly after climate scientists released a report showing that global carbon emissions are climbing to a record breaking high due to increased coal and oil use around the world. Last year emissions grew by 1.6%; this year they’re predicted to increase by another 2.7% producing 37.1 …
It has long been an unfathomable notion that design and science could be interlinked somehow. The arts and sciences have been very much thought as polar opposites and the everlasting divide between the domains is one of the most prominent within both the academic and cultural sector.
However, with pressing reports on how our planet is becoming increasingly fragile, it is vital that specialists work against the constraints of their field and become more flexible within their repertoire of knowledge, making a conscious effort to expand their abilities in order to create and adjust to a more sustainable future.
Due to stigmatised assumptions surrounding both fields and recent governmental cuts to the creative sector, I aim to investigate these deeply engraved stereotypes and whether the scientific field needs design in order to initiate world-wide and long-term change. …
A discovery of the rarest pigments in the world
On the fifth floor of the Straus Centre for Conservation and Technical Studies at Harvard Arts Museum lies a palace of colour, a treasure chest holding some of the rarest pigments in the world, each with enchanting stories as to how they found their place within these cabinets of curiosities.
It is a place of pioneering research and conservation, to form a better understanding of the materials used by artists throughout history. …
An insight into her bold, clean and minimalist style
In a recent discovery of Malika Favre’s work, I could not help but fall deeply in love with her effortless and seamless illustrations which are not only physically beautiful, but also touched with intellect and wit.
Inspired by her graphic design background, Favre’s fusion of rich colour palettes combined with disciplined structure, mimics that of pop culture, inadvertently creating bold and timeless images.
Yet her work has gone much further than just capturing the eye. It has created social change, triggering movements and bringing to the forefront cultural problems that continue to persist today, gracing the covers and pages of magazines such as The New Yorker, Vogue and Vanity Fair. …
Barbie is one of the most iconic dolls in history, with a life span spreading fifty nine years.
It is evident that she has stood the test of time, attempting to adjust to new cultural climates, however she is constantly at the centre of feminist debate as to whether this attempt is successful. The rise of feminism challenges Barbie, revealing concepts which are outdated, yet critical to maintaining consistency across the brand. As a result, this questions Barbie’s relevance and morality in today’s society, jeopardising the brand’s future.
However, am I underestimating Barbie’s influence? Since the Barbie doll does not come with a narrative, imagination is integral to the brand’s success, elements which are vital to a child’s growth. Furthermore, her recent evolution promotes equal rights and with the help of popular female figures, she has become an empowering figure for young girls across the world. …
‘Glamour magazine goes ‘digital first’ and cuts back print editions’
My heart stopped and then sank right to the pit of my stomach. It was as if the tectonic plates of the editorial world were creating the biggest shock wave in history. It was a wake up call that major publications were now shifting into what is now perceived as a digital future; one which unnerves me.
Everyone has a story to tell as to how they came about entering the creative industry, and for me, it all started with magazines. The glossy pages and that musty scent of ink that fills your senses with hopes and dreams of one day being able to create such a magnificent physical specimen, one which stands proudly on the bookshelf or elegantly drapes itself over the edge of the coffee table. …