The January issue of Creative Review opens with our review of the year and also includes a ten-page features on data visualisation; a look at creating type for cities; profiles of designer Deborah Sussman and art director Dave Dye; the story of making a new typeface for howies; and an insight into working with FHK Henrion…
The issue begins with our Stories of the Year section which counts down the ten most popular blog posts (in terms of page views) of the last year – with plenty of comments included. So who or what has made the list? Well, Everton’s controversial badge redesign is straight in at number ten (below) and there are appearances from redesigned newspapers and airlines, a fantastic book cover, and several great ad campaigns – and a ‘making-of’ – along the way.
In this month’s features, CR’s Rachael Steven looks at how type designers are shaping letterforms to capture the essence of a place, from Eindhoven to Chattanooga.
And in the first in a series of profiles of start-ups, Eliza Williams talks to art director Dave Dye, a veteran of the UK advertising scene who launched his own company, Hello People, earlier this year.
Next up, over ten pages we look at the world of data visualisation: designer David McCandless charts the progress of ‘dataviz’ as it impacts upon journalism, science, marketing and digital; Patrick Burgoyne talks to Rebecca Conway and Duncan Swain, partners in McCandless’s Information is Beautiful Studio; and we take a the look at the winning work from the recent Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards.
As an exhibition of her early work opens in Los Angeles, designer Deborah Sussman talks to Mark Sinclair about working in – and helping to define the look of – her adopted city since the early 1960s.
And studio Carter Wong tell the story of how they created a bespoke typeface for clothing company howies’ website – from a fallen chestnut tree.
To coincide with Adrian Shaughnessy’s new monograph on the designer FHK Henrion, in Crit we have an extensive Q&A with Ian Dennis who worked at Henrion’s studio in the mid-1970s. He describes what working there was like, reflects on the kinds of projects the studio was designing at the time and offers an insight into the unique character of Henrion himself.
Daniel Benneworth-Gray considers the effects of Christmassy excess on the minimalist designer and Jeremy Leslie nominates his magazines of the year – The Gentlewoman, FAT, Flaneur and Boston all feature.
Finally, in this month’s Monograph we document some of the posters to have appeared as part of Erik Brandt’s Ficciones Typografika project which has seen the Minneapolis-based designer turn his garage wall into an exhibition space.