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Brody's other Wallpaper* cover ideas...

Graphic Design, Magazine / Newspaper, Type / Typography

Posted by Patrick Burgoyne, 8 July 2009, 10:49    Permalink    Comments (28)

Earlier this week we posted on a cryptic cover that Neville Brody has designed for the August issue of Wallpaper*. He also came up with two, rather less cryptic suggestions that the magazine decided not to use...

One features the Peace 2 typeface that Brody designed for the issue

The other doesn't

And here, once again, is the design that was used

Thanks to Sarah Douglas at Wallpaper* for sending these over.

28 Comments

Do you think Neville's alright? I mean, I think he may be a little depressed. FTW!
Michael [linefeed]
2009-07-08 12:12:16


Excellent. Might try that myself.
Craig Thomas
2009-07-08 12:13:40


OHHHHH EDGY! oh no wait its not at all its just pretty sad
ASD
2009-07-08 13:05:21


I think that the one they went with is the best by some stretch...

SHIT in his Peace 2 typeface just looks a bit too disjointed... The second vertical stroke on the H seems to break away from the rest of the letter, and I can't make up my mind if I can see IT or two rather large lowercase r's - so it reads SHrr.
Andy
2009-07-08 14:48:33


the upside down blue heart is a bum?
david janes
2009-07-08 15:50:29


You know how sometimes you make a piece and a few variations...but sometimes you deliberately make the alternatives shit so they pick your preferred?
Stu
2009-07-08 16:49:41


EYE H8 D SIGN? Oh wait, I get it now! Brillia... actually, no. It's better than the two varying "SHIT" versions, but I still think it's a bit naff.
Cameron
2009-07-08 16:51:23


my comment to this following the same cutting edge style......
"a circle" & "bambi".
dan
2009-07-09 09:25:56


crap or not. it is brody. you wished you were him. respect!!!
neville
2009-07-09 11:16:07


Do you think he's going through a mid-life crisis?
Luke
2009-07-09 12:46:34


piece of..... oh, hold on, it's neville brody! Good show old chap! Excellent work!

How about just getting Nev to draw a picture of a cartoon penis on the back of a dusty old mercedes and putting that on the front cover? That's next months issue, you say? Oh, that's okay then.
rob
2009-07-09 12:58:38


wonderful to see how well he exemplifies the points made by "monika" magazine. celebrity culture in art cuts away oppertunities for new designers and ideas and becomes an excercise for the rich and fabulous to take the piss with shit designs.



also, I hope everyone seen how much of a pretentious [deleted by moderator] he looks in the photo's for the D&AD board, mid-life crisis would explain his hair cut :)
alex
2009-07-09 19:06:00


I think after 30 years of designing you can do what ever "shit" you like, thats the point, you have to work hard to earn this. There is a foundation behind the design, thats why it can be simple and to the point, obviously short sighted people can't see that. And the abuse is just typical british bitterness. Stick to shallow fancy dan graphics were technique is king why not. Look at the cover, and what its says, the design is deliberately crude to counteract style, and it says I hate design, but there is a heart, but its upside down and blue, a dead heart staved of oxygen, its a love hate relationship with design. but I suppose everyone would be happy if there was a pretty picture on the cover. Enjoy your candles and flowers . . .
Duncan Ferguson
2009-07-10 11:21:45


Duncan Ferguson: It says 'shit'. A designer sent a piece of work to a client that just said 'shit' on it. Maybe they should have hired Mr Tourette instead... http://moderntoss.tumblr.com/post/134700007/mr-tourette
Michael [linefeed]
2009-07-10 12:36:44


Yeah, and thats the good bit! The client sent in these alt covers, so she must of liked them. So is your problem with the designer or the client?
Alan Ball
2009-07-10 13:10:34


An innocent typo? I told a client once to SHIT+cmd+R to clear his cache.
Alex Peterson
2009-07-10 13:55:33


I can't believe you people are discussing the artistic or design relevance of this "design".
The guy just wrote "SHIT" in as crappy type face. Can no one else see that?

Ground breaking!
Me
2009-07-10 15:36:31


Dooodido...laadeedaa...oh! a squirrel! How nice.
Action Jackson
2009-07-10 17:26:43


Client and Designer - a match often made in heaven
Jim Hutcheson
2009-07-10 20:12:28


A match often made in he'll more like!!!?
Dixie dean
2009-07-10 21:52:20


When you have been designing for thirty years, as Duncan says, at what point is shit good?
Peter Southworth
2009-07-11 10:39:46


Does what it says on the tin.
Rory Forrest
2009-07-11 13:42:23


And yet life goes on. pfft
Mark
2009-07-12 11:37:06


yawn
Jeff Brown
2009-07-13 01:25:35


Shit.
Julie
2009-08-25 14:18:16


I'm all for cutting edge graphics, but if you're going to be this esoteric and abstract, why be in the design business. Surely the main difference between art and design is the communication of a clear message?? It's work like this that clients can't relate to and it gives designers a poor reputation in terms of being seen as pretentious. Think Neville needs to change his vocation, or throw off the cynicism and get back some of the passion and positivity.
Traci Rochester
2009-11-24 14:19:18


The chosen cover is not the crime against design that most people seem to be saying it is, but the notion that once you've worked for 30 years or so you are exempt from criticism is just silly. Really...
James Tuomey
2009-11-24 17:44:54


It’s a total waste of good paper? Was it printed on toilet paper then that might be vaguely interesting?
Stuart Rutter
2012-05-26 00:52:26


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