CR March issue

The March issue of CR marks our 30th birthday. While we celebrate with a replica extract of the very first issue and a Monograph on great work from 1980, in the magazine we look forward rather than back

The March issue of CR is out this week and is extra special: it marks our 30th birthday. While we celebrate with a replica extract of the very first issue and a Monograph on great work from 1980, in the magazine we decided to look forward rather than back…

As the theme for our 30th birthday issue we asked a range of prominent figures, including practitioners, critics, curators and academics to tell us about one thing, person, idea or place that they were excited about for the future. The 30/30 feature will give you some idea of the ideas, people and directions that you might find in CR in the next 30 years.

Paola Antonelli, senior curator at MoMA New York, chose the work of designers and architects who are collaborating with scientists (main pictures); while Joel Gethin Lewis, interaction designer and artist, chose to look at the future impact that open source software may have on other areas of culture and society.


Lars Bastholm of Ogilvy North America and Steve Wax of Campfire New York, highlighted “the evolution of storytelling”, where storytelling becomes a social experience, or the marketing of an event a piece of entertainment in itself. Grant Parker, head of art at DDB London selected the Nobrow studio (main picture) and, in particular, their love of tactile, screenprinted publications.


CR’s Patrick Burgoyne highlighted the work of five female photographers who were recently shortlisted for the Hyères International Fashion and Photography Festival.

Other choices include director James Frost on the imminent rebirth of Polaroid; Jeremy Leslie on the @font-face technology; Wallpaper* art director Meirion Pritchard on the potential of diamonds as a building material; director Johnny Hardstaff on the beauty of chaos; Malcolm Garrett on the iPad; and Adam Luckwell of Unit on the creative possibilties that RED cameras will bring…


In the rest of the March issue, we also have the second installment of Ayse Kongur and Tom Hunter-Watts’ interview with French graphic designer, Philippe Apeloig.


There’s also the new CR Readers’ Panel section in Crit, where three CR readers examined a new website for Paul Smith Jeans by Inventive&Co; an identity system for The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage by johnson banks; the new Diesel ‘Be Stupid’ campaign from Anomaly; and design studio Music’s self-published tome, Stuff We Really Like.


Plus, regular columnist Jeremy Leslie looks at some of the best food magazines around (and how niche publications can usually show mainstream titles a thing or to); while ‘James McNulty’ reports on the coming war between traditional and digital creative departments within agencies.


And here’s our special souvenir extract from the very first issue of CR from 1980, which comes with the March edition…


… and features none other than Terence Conran writing about new packaging design.

The cover for the issue features two decorative finishes by Celloglas: the Highbuild varnish used on the confetti and CF Cellofoil Magenta for the CR logo.


Finally, for subscribers, Monograph includes 17 great pieces of work from 1980, including Brett Wickens’ design and art direction for Kinetic Ideals’ Reason EP (above left) and Bow Wow Wow’s Your Cassette Pet cover and packaging by Peter John Shepherd (right).


It also includes a poster for the Too Much Pressure album by The Selecter, designed by John ‘Teflon’ Sims (above left) and a poster for the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games, designed by Wladimir Aresentjev.

Also in Monograph is Minale Tattersfield’s British Airports at the Design Center poster; ads for B&H and Parker pens by Collett Dickensen Pearce & Partners; the classic DXE hover-type lawn mower from Flymo; and the April 1980 cover of Personal Computer World magazine, which featured the very latest in computing technology, the Sinclair ZX80.

What a year.

  • George

    lovely stuff. can it not be sold wrapped in a ribbon?

  • Happy Birthday and thanks for producing such a high quality inspirational magazine.

  • Didn’t realise we share the same birthday. I could lie and say that I’ve been a reader all my life, but the absence of choo-choo trains and bath-proof pages in CR were a stumbling block for me in the early years.

  • The best and funniest thing about one of those early issues of Creative Review was the bound in insert to fill in for an annual subscription to the magazine. It was the usual thing that you get in magazines, but the CR designer thought he’d make it a tad more interesting by reversing it out. So all the text was white and all the bits that you normally fill in were… black

  • Mark Sinclair

    Thanks for the comments everyone.
    @Julie – I would LOVE to see a copy of that. We’ll check the archives…

  • Your magazine is still great and ive been in the game for 14 years, always good to leave on the coffee table for clients. M.

  • Aly

    Gota love the CR. Happy Birthday.

  • Okay, that is seriously the deliciousest cover ever. Crazy chaos confettiness makes my heart sing. And actually I’m kinda sweet on you in general, CR. Thanks for doing what you do and for doing it so well. Gros bisous!

  • Mark Sinclair

    Glad you like it. I should have mentioned, in addition to the cellofoil magenta on the CR, the cover also features some highbuild varnish on the ticker tape (which hasn’t come out in our pic above). The cover is by Rachel Thomas, with photography by Marcel Christ. (The post itself has now been updated with this information.)

  • There’s now a Flickr Group to help us celebrate CR’s thirtieth. Your 1980 imagery is welcome, as are any Creative Review-related reminiscences:

  • bkcl

    Dear @creativereview

    I think thats its now time to bin the paper product now, it serves no purpose other than a lot of wasted effort, resource and not to mention having a hand in destroying forests. I used to always look forward to CR but I’ve read most if not all the content here, through RSS, tweets etc so its just duplication of content.

    Monograph and expensive flashy printing techniques on a cover are not a reason for me to renew my subscription. Charge ppl to access this blog — This is your magazine now. Being 30 years old is probably a good time to do it!

    Happy Birthday

  • Happy Birthday, Love the magazine.
    Keep up the good work.

  • HB 30 CR.

  • Happy Birthday CR! Love the cover and I cannot wait to buy it!

  • Happy birhday, CR!

    I expected everything, but not such magic cover.

    That’s great. Wonderful, amazing. No two ways about it!


  • Bea

    Happy Birthday CR!!!!

    I totally disagree with bkcl’s comments regarding getting rid of the printed mag. One of my favourite issues was Billy Jean’s CR cover on a wood effect paper, with drawings that had a slight deboss. It was a really beautiful and tactile object.
    Covers like this cannot be replicated on the blog. Print is not dead!

  • Many happy returns Creative Review!!!
    A new subscriber (literally just now) and greatly looking forward to receiving my copy in the post…I hope.
    Here here Bea…long live print!

  • Happy Birthday guys! I miss you!!

    Allanah xx

    (Your old sales exec gal)

  • One of my favourite issues was Billy Jean’s CR cover on a wood effect paper, with drawings that had a slight deboss. It was a really beautiful and tactile object.

  • Bowwowwow – Just wanted to say my dad did that! He also very rarely refers to himself as Peter John Shepherd. It created while he was at EMI.