STICKERS! As I said on Tuesday the new issue of Marie Claire Runway has a sheet of free stickers inside for you to customise your cover, your phone, your stapler, a lampost, your coffee cup or the person sitting next to you. It also has interviews, all the facts you need on the new Spring trends, two quizzes, some pictures of dogs, and lots and lots of pictures of beautiful clothes. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I do making it.
Donald Robertson is a man who is an actual marvel. Once Creative Director at Conde Nast America (launching Marie Claire and redesigning Glamour). He is now the head of Creative Development at Bobbi Brown Cosmetics; a truly creative man. What I love the most about him is his instagram feed. It is a constant joy to me all day every day (he is a very prolific poster) full of his fashion illustrations, ideas from projects he is working on and his life in general.
If I write too much I will just get really gushy and soppy so I’ll let some of his pictures do the talking. (All images taken from Donalds instagram feed @donalddrawbertson (seriously, you must follow him))
He can make beautiful things from a few simple lines of marker pen and Gaffa tape.
Or paint …He has his own little creative projects, currently it’s drawing on nuts…Don’t put anything down when you are round his house as he is likely to draw on it …Or turn it in to something else …He’s funny …and to top it off, he’s got really cute dogs … and kids.
I had the fortune to collaborate with him on the new issue of Marie Claire Runway (out 6th of Feb) We spent a fun couple of days emailing back and forth to create four illustrations to depict all that is great and good about New York, London, Milan and Paris. Here’s a little sneak peak.
We also worked together on the cover and in what is quite possibly the Most Exciting Thing I’ve Done In My Career So Far … STICKERS! Yup, we have a sheet of free fashion stickers inside the magazine … I’ll show you them on Thursday.
It’s that time of year again, when it snows and we freeze and Fashion starts to tell us what we will be wearing when it stops snowing and we thaw out. Over at Marie Claire we’ve been slaving away to make another delicious edition of our fashion bible Runway.
Inspired by next seasons trends and also the 60’s design movement known as Supergraphics this issues design is bright, bold and striking. I made this Pinterest board for inspiration.
Like fashion Marie Claire Runway is …
educational (er, i’m sure you can learn important life lessons from a skirt)
informative (again, trousers have a lot to say if only we’d listen)
Unlike fashion Marie Claire Runway is in the shops for a limited period from today so go get yours NOW!
So it’s almost Christmas. All the glossy magazines have released their December issues full of party frocks and Christmas nibbles and in the case of Marie Claire a lovely feature on how to have a Hand Crafted Christmas featuring a simple project by me. Hurrah.
If you’ve bought the mag and have come here for the star template, then here it is …
If you haven’t bought the mag, then why not?
But seeing as it’s Christmas here are the step by steps to making your own garland.
Long before The Devil Wears Prada there was another film documenting the cut throat world of women’s magazines and it’s one of my favourite films of all time. Funny Face was released in 1957 staring the wonderful Audrey Hepburn, Fred Astaire and Kay Thompson. A 1950’s musical set in a magazine that goes to Paris for a fashion shoot, what’s not to love? The opening song to the film Think Pink pretty much sums up everything that I love about magazine design. Not only did it give me my love of strong typography (just look at those massive numbers), it also gave me a brilliant mantra to design magazines by … A magazine must be like a human being. If it comes into the home it must contribute, it just can’t lie around. A magazine must have blood and brains and pizzazz. The way the song is directed and filmed is perfect. Strong, dynamic and beautiful; just how all magazines should be. Click the below picture to watch the video. you’ll be glad you did. If I ever get a little stuck for ideas I give it a watch. One of the things I love most is how though the Editor is dictating that every woman in America must wear pink, she stays in classic black. Some things never change!
Now I know we’ve only just started enjoying the summer but may I turn your attention to the season of beautiful coats and crazy fur, massive hats and embellished bags as today the new issue of Marie Claire Runway is out. Showcasing the latest trends hot from the catwalks of New York, Milan, London and Paris, we’re showing you what you (and the highstreet) will be inspired by when the days turn chilly (hopefully not next week). Giving you all the backstage news and gossip and interviewing design greats including Frida Giannini, Alber Elbaz and we also snuck backstage at Vuitton …
Hung out with some Fraggles …
Got a new font …
Did some more patterns that make your eyes go bonkers …
Found a new illustrator. The amazing Nina Cosford who drew my favourite thing in the whole magazine …
Got slightly freaked out by some of the beauty looks
And also got a cover that not only had a beautiful foil title but also a super shiny bit and a matter than matt black bit.. you really need to buy it to appreciate it, it’s soooooo strokable (and smells good too)
For inspiration when designing the magazine I created this strange story about a eccentric Victorian who traveled the world collecting and cataloging the peculiar people he met, curiosities he found and experiences he encountered. I visited the great Horniman Museum in South London for inspiration and trawled car boot sales for odd artifacts (the camera used in our photo diaries is one such car boot booty). Lots of the Victoriana references were left out of the final design as it was tricky to stop it turning into a bad pastiche or something you’d buy from ‘Ye Olde Victorian Tourist Shoppe’ (est.2010). The final design is much slicker but still has little nods to my crazy Victorian anthropologist.
This was my Pinterest inspiration board. Click the image to see more …
All in all it was a joy to work on and you should probably go Buy. It. Now.
Crikey! I’ve just found these ‘filed’ in the back of a cupboard in my bedroom. I put them there when I moved into my house 8 years ago. As I’m currently trying to move out of my house and seeing as I haven’t looked at them since I’ve been here I guess I don’t really need them any more.
Years ago I loved Elle (these issues are from 2003-2008), I remember the excitement I felt at the beginning of each month waiting for the new issue to come out; ‘Who was going to be on the cover? What nice typography was going to be showcased in the mag that month?’ These covers show the gradual change in direction over the years from the youthful women’s magazine it was to the style bible it is today.
I remember loving that Jordan cover…’oooh sunglasses, no eye contact on the cover… Brave.’
What do I do with them now? Recycle? Ebay? Shove them back in the cupboard and slam the door?