CR June 2012 issue
The June issue of CR comes with a health warning. It contains content that readers of a nervous disposition and a love of classical typography may find disturbing. Things are going to get ugly.
Skewed, stretched type, clashing colours, too little or too much spacing - across Europe a new generation of designers and art directors is breaking every rule. But is their work rebellion for rebellion's sake or does it have wider implications for visual communications? In our June issue CR interviews Martin Lorenz and Lupi Asensio of Barcelona design studio TwoPoints.Net, editors of new book Pretty Ugly: Visual Rebellion in Graphic Design.
Please note, CR is no longer stocked in WH Smith high sreet stores (although it can still be found in WH Smith travel branches at stations and airports). If you cannot find a copy of CR in your town, your independent newsagent can order it for you or you can search for your nearest stockist here. Alternatively, email Laura McQueen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call her on 020 7970 4878 to buy a copy direct from us. 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.
Also in the issue, we look at the multiplatform, hugely elaborate marketing efforts behind the launch of today's major movies and as whether all that innovation and effort is ultimately merely preaching to the converted.
Plus, we interview multi-award-winning director and animator Johnny Kelly whose Chipotle film has taken the ad world by storm.
Jeremy Leslie looks at the making of Bloomberg Businesweek's superb Steve Jobs tribute issue - produced in just ten hours and fuelled by $900 worth of pizza (the issue, that is, not Jeremy).
And Gavin Lucas explores the Uncanny Valley, CGI's last frontier.
In Crit, Diane Smyth reports from the Hyeres festival of photography and fashion.
David Crowley sees the playful side of the Bauhaus at the Barbican.
Michael Evamy's Logo Log reveals the link between artists and identity design - including Dalí's seminal Chupa Chups flower.
Gordon Comstock wonders whether ad creative might have more fun going client side.
And AKQA's James Hilton reveals the five deadly sins of that bane of a jury's life, the case study video (brought to life by illustrator Dave Sparshott).
Plus, in Monograph this month (for subscribers only), we reveal the making of a truly extraordinary new installation for Guinness commissioned by Saatchi & Saatchi and Blinkart.
CR in Print
The June issue of Creative Review features an interview with the editors of new book Pretty Ugly: Visual Rebellion in Graphic Design. Plus a profile on multi-award-winning director Johnny Kelly, a look at the latest techniques in movie marketing, the mission to cross CGI's Uncanny Valley, a review of the Barbican's Bauhaus show, logos by artists and much more. Plus, in Monograph this month, we look behind the scenes at the making of an amazing installation for Guinness, carved from solid wood.
Please note, CR is no longer stocked in WH Smith high street stores (although it can still be found in WH Smith travel branches at stations and airports). If you cannot find a copy of CR in your town, your independent newsagent can order it for you or you can search for your nearest stockist here. Alternatively, email Laura McQueen (email@example.com) or call her on 020 7970 4878 to buy a copy direct from us. 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.
CR for the iPad
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I still think it's a mistake that it's been taken off the high street. For those of us who like to go and buy the mag of our own accord (students find it difficult to find the money to subscribe to stuff), this isn't great if we live in a town where station branches of WHSmith are small (Liverpool, Chester).
We haven't taken it off the high street entirely, we're just no longer in WH Smith. I appreciate that in many places WH Smith IS the high street when it comes to buying magazines but thanks to the promotional costs they impose on us and the vast numbers of magazines wasted in serving all their stores, it was costing us thousands of pounds to have the magazine in those shops.
You can still buy it at independent stores, order it from your newsagent if they don't sell it, or just email or call us (details above)
I remember you mentioning this at the Annual launch night Patrick and feeling very glad that I'm no longer a student searching my local Smiths for a copy of CR and now fortunate enough to work in a studio that gets several copies on subscription.
I just hope current and future design students interested in taking design mags buy online or seek out indies who will stock it. It can't help but feel like another tiny step towards screen-only CR! Love to know how it'll affect your circulation of the printed mag? Will you be printing less? Will you be offering single purchases of the mag online for those who don't want to / can't subscribe?
Saddest of all, I can't pop down to Borders to get my ink on paper fix... still mourning that loss. We have to take a punt online or wait for Stack to surprise us :)
This issue looks great, especially looking forward to Monograph!
i love the cover
You've dropped The Grid ????
Don't worry, Grid will return next issue
It is a shame that CR will no longer be in WHSmiths, as I have found that I can find it less and less in the shops whilst the Web Designer and Computer magazines take over the shelves. Borders bookshops did used to stock a good selection of design based magazines, which meant it used to be a good place to escape to when you felt the creative block.
YES, great cover Mark!!!
Got it in the post today, cannot wait to read about Johnny Kelly.
Went into WHSmiths today looking for this mag - thanks for letting me know they no longer stock it, looking forward to reading the new issue.
I know it's not the same as owning your own copy, but I would guess most university libraries subscribe, as do many public libraries. That is where I usually read CR when cash-strapped. All is not lost, students!
Can't wait to read the piece about movie marketing. It has gotten ridiculous: seems like every new movie has to have at least one Happy Meal, two flavors of energy drink and four lines of collectibles, at a minimum. Does that drive ticket sales? I only see a movie if it's got a 75% or higher on rotten tomatoes.
nice to see brea souders on the cover. originally saw that photo in mossless and loved it.
Most people don't know the ins and outs of having a magazine stocked in WH Smith. People assume that you print it and WH Smith stock it and it is as simple as that. It isn't. Publishers have to continually pay WH Smith tens of thousands of pounds just to appear in their stores. Those that pay the most money over the year get the most – and best – shelf space and those that pay less are hidden away and constantly under threat of being dropped from the shelves unless they pay more. For smaller, independent publishers the financial outlay just to be in their store is crippling. If anything is threatening the existence of magazines in this country, it isn't the iPad or the internet. It is the necessary bribes needed just to get their shelf space. It is akin to having to pay the mob extortion money to stop them from destroying your business.
2 1/2 weeks + and still no sign of the June iPad issue? What's the story?
@ Paddy O
It has been live since June 1. A couple of people have reported problems with downloading it which we are looking into currently but it is there.
Oh sorry, I see it there now. The other magazines in my Newsstand give a notification when a new issue becomes available.
Great cover! Simple yet extremely effective!
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