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CR May 2012 Issue: The Annual

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Posted by Creative Review, 26 April 2012, 12:51    Permalink    Comments (19)

It's the biggest issue in our history – our 216-page double May issue with all the winning work in this year's Creative Review Annual, in association with Bigstock, plus great features on George Lois, Ways of Seeing, Flatstock, British Design at the V&A, the future of the book and much much more

The Annual is our showcase of the finest work of the past 12 months as selected by our judges. The best of the best is featured in The Annual's Best in Book section, which include's Johny Kelly's fantastic Chipotle animation

If you would like to buy this issue and are based in the UK, you can search for your nearest stockist here. Based outside the UK? Simply call +44(0)207 292 3703 to find your nearest stockist. Better yet, subscribe to CR for a year here and save yourself almost 30% on the printed magazine.

A wonderful identity for a children's hospital in Peru by Dutch designer Rejane Dal Bello


The Greenpeace A New Warrior website by DDB Paris


And, unlike some award shows (cough, cough) we have also honoured the Comedy Carpet by Gordon Young and Why Not Associates


The rest of the Annual showcases our judges' picks (on which we will post more soon) according to the month in which the work launched.

Turn over the magazine, start again from the front and you can enjoy all the features in our May issue, which include an examination of the lasting importance of Ways of Seeing as the TV show and book marks its 40th anniversary


Eliza Williams interviews the indefatigable George Lois on the eve of publication of his new book, Damn Good Advice


Plus we have features on why digital technology represents both a threat to and a possible saviour of the high street and the museum


A look at the future of the book


And some intriguing examples of the book in the present, with the release of this year's list of The Most Beautful Swiss Books


And we look at the growing importance of storytelling in advertising


In our Crit section, Rick Poynor bemoans the lack of graphic design in the V&A's British Design show


Gordon Comstock praises the ad campaigns produced in-house by the Greater London Authority


Michael Evamy looks at the new identity scheme for Amsterdam's Stedelijk Museum


And Bonnie Abbott reports on the US gig poster scene at the Flatstock festival


This month also sees a reinvention of our subscriber-only Monograph booklet, with  fresh editorial approach. In this issue, Barcelona-based design studio give us a guided tour of the creative scene in their city. We will hook up with local creative companies to do similar surveys in other cities around the world in the coming months


If you would like to buy this issue and are based in the UK, you can search for your nearest stockist here. Based outside the UK? Simply call +44(0)207 292 3703 to find your nearest stockist. Better yet, subscribe to CR for a year here and save yourself almost 30% on the printed magazine.

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Love this issue of Monograph, great idea.
Luke Tonge
2012-04-26 14:37:44

Looks like there's some gorgeous stuff in there. Love it!
Ian Long
2012-04-26 15:01:42

I have a standard Subscription and the Ipad subscription.
I was anxious to view this on my Ipad, but it doesn't seem to be available...

Do they get released at the same time? I can't seem to find any function on the Ipad that says download new issue or 'pushes' new issue info.

Lemme know...
Mike Speke
2012-04-26 15:24:33

@Mike Speke Hey Mike - the new May edition of the iPad will be live from the 1st May. The magazine gets released a little bit earlier, but the new editions of the app will be available from the start of each month. You'll get a notification when there's a new one to download.
CR Mark Sinclair
2012-04-26 16:19:19

Good annual and issue, as usual — just one problem: the big feature about George Lois and his new book don't mention anything about how quite a few of the stories from his book are partial or complete lies, Lois basically stealing the credit for his colleagues works, facts, meetings etc.

I've written about it here:

George Lois has done a lot of great work, true, but that's no excuse.
2012-04-26 16:23:20

@Mark Sinclair.

Excellent, thanks.
Mike Speke
2012-04-26 17:33:16

Well done CR. Fantastic issue and no small accomplishment generally, month in month out.
2012-04-26 20:21:05

I think you're right..The books as we know it could disappear, and istead will be some beautiful ipads .
2012-04-27 18:41:02

Looking forward to see the work by Rejane Dal Bellos work for the children's hospital in Peru.
Cannot wait to get it in the post.
Great job (like normal).
2012-04-29 09:33:28

Strangely unable to get my hands on this months publication, both my local stockists have yet to receive this months edition?

So frustrating, and before you say it a great advertisement for subscription!

Can anyone at CR help on this matter??
Kevin Clarke
2012-05-01 12:34:00

Kevin - are your local stockists WHSmith stores by any chance? Apparently CR has stopped distributing to high street WHSmiths (but continue to some station ones). I am in the same situation - have been unable to get the latest two issues.

It makes me wonder if CR is in trouble and can't afford to take unsold copies back.
2012-05-01 15:02:01

@ Adam

We're doing fine thanks. Magazine retailing doesn't quite work like that. Newsstand copies go out on a sale or return basis - there's no 'cost' to us to take them back but there is a cost in wastefully printing copies that don't get sold.

We have pulled out of WH Smith on the high street - that is mainly due to the financial demands Smiths make on publishers and the cost effectiveness of their model for us. You can still find CR in independent retailers or, better yet, as Kevin says, subscribe!
CR PatrickBurgoyne
2012-05-01 16:04:35

Thanks for the clarification Patrick!

Looks like subscription is the way forward for us sadly lacking in independent shops.
2012-05-01 16:46:54

Removing it from Britain's high-streets then? Perhaps it should've been made clearer as to where CR should be positioned in WHSmiths. In my local store, for example, it was always positioned in the 'business' section, rather puzzlingly. But taking it out of WHSmiths High Street stores altogether is, I think, a bad move and could contribute to the decline of printed journals and magazines. Plus it gives CR an excuse to flog subscriptions and the slightly disappointing iPad app.
2012-05-09 14:46:32

@ callywally

We are still stocked by independent retailers on the high street and elsewhere. As you mention, WH Smith often did not position the magazine in the right place, charged us a great deal of money for doing so and led to very many wasted copies being printed. If you'd like a copy of the current issue, you can either order one through your local newsagent or call Laura McQueen here at CR on 020 7970 4878 and she will send you one by post
CR PatrickBurgoyne
2012-05-09 16:48:00

Just received my copy here in the US today, can't wait to crack into it! Especially anticipating poring over your pieces on Swiss books, Facebook, and Stedelijk. Thanks for producing such a fantastic resource for the design community!
David Somerville
2012-05-09 21:18:14

Is there an extra shipping charge for those in the U.S.? I am interested in getting this magazine but don't know enough about whether there are any added costs involved for those outside the UK.
2012-05-16 16:33:52

Hi there when is the annual out and what is the cost

Cheers Stuart
2012-05-17 15:56:40

Is there an iPad issue of the annual 2012?
2012-07-13 01:05:47

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