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CR March 11

Advertising, Graphic Design, Magazine / Newspaper, Type / Typography

Posted by Mark Sinclair, 23 February 2011, 11:43    Permalink    Comments (8)

Our March issue features a profile of Gerd Arntz, a feature on the return of the great movie poster, and a look at the secretive world of banknote engraving...

The front cover features a selection of Arntz's pictograms, designed for Otto Neurath's Isotype language system, while the back cover shows an engraving of a Yemeni man by Tony Maidment.

If you would like to buy this issue, simply call +44(0)207 292 3703. Issues cost £5.90 including P&P for the UK.

Better yet, subscribe to CR for a year here and save yourself almost 30% on the printed magazine. Online only subs are also available, for just £40.


Inside, we have a first look at our iPad app. And one of photographer Luke Stephenson's bird images (shown on the iPad below) is our Hi-Res page this month.


Our Case Study feature looks at Honda's new campaign from W+K London.


As a new book of his work is published (Gerd Arntz: Graphic Designer, 010 Publishers), David Crowley examines the work of the designer of Otto Neurath's Isotype symbols who brought a human touch to the impersonal world of statistics.


We also feature the intricate work of Tony Maidment, a steel plate banknote engraver with an important cause.


And Gavin Lucas looks at a possible resurgence in the art of movie poster making.


In Crit this month, we have a personal account of the power of Crass' sound and image by punk art collector,Toby Mott, on the eve of a new exhibition of the band's visual art.


Andy Cameron looks at the digital artists most referenced by ad agencies.


Jeremy Leslie reviews The Daily iPad app.


And Gordon Comstock applauds Polaroid's appointment of Lady Gaga as their creative director (illustration by Stuart Whitton).


Our March Monograph ties in with the extensive feature on Gerd Arntz and features 18 of his Isotype symbols as featured in 010 Publishers' new book. The opening page shows him at work on the symbol for an unemployed man.

The March issue of CR is on sale from February 24.

If you would like to buy this issue, simply call +44(0)207 292 3703. Issues cost £5.90 including P&P for the UK.


I was just about to type about how unoriginal the text and symbols were as a creative idea on the cover, then I scrolled down and saw the guy painting the symbols.

Can't wait to read it.

But the idea ... it's still a bit obvious and has been done a gazillion times.
2011-02-23 23:04:26

The cover design reminds me of this book I cherish
Indra Kupferschmid
2011-02-24 12:50:41

Cannot wait till it hits the shelves...
2011-02-25 13:49:23

Thrilled to illustrate for this issue, especially for such an interesting article.
Stuart Whitton
2011-02-25 13:58:22

I may have worked too late last night but for the life of me I can't decipher the cover - "check up on(?) or examine(?) the revival of the film poster," "agree(?) a new way to read CR and read about the graphic artists who draw(?) all these great taps(??) something, something (book?), jackets(?)..." "we're not being awkward(?)/angular(?)/pretentious(?) but think you'll dance(?) reading it."

Er, really? You've taken the, yes, quite obvious and well worn rebus idea but somehow transformed it into the equivalent of Carson-era Raygun on a legibility killing spree. Only it's nowhere near as exciting.

There's either something wrong with your designer or something wrong with your copywriter or something wrong with my usually razor-sharp, finely-tuned, gestalt-ernating visual perception. Hmm... now where did I put the ibuprofen?
Simon Pallmer
2011-02-25 14:59:57

I don't subscribe to the mag, but like the look of the film poster this on your website?
2011-02-25 16:25:45


Yes, it is, right here
But you have to be a subscriber to read it. If it works better for you than print, you can get an online-only sub here
CR PatrickBurgoyne
2011-02-25 16:31:13

Love this mag. Some of the comments on the cover are quite cutting and mean-spirited - perhaps says more about the authors than the work itself. To the designer of the cover - remember your audience is completely anal, critical and most likely insecure.
2011-03-16 09:39:17

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