In the November issue of Creative Review, we look back at 40 years of Virgin Records, go coast to coast with Levi’s, explore the future of print publishing and tell one man’s story of love, fatherhood and how graphic design can get you arrested in modern America
Our cover feature this month ties in with Virgin Records’ 40 Years of Disruptions book and exhibition (a project helmed by This is Real Art). We interview two of the label’s key creative collaborators – photographer/designer Brian Cooke of Cooke Key Associates and video commissioner Carole Burton-Fairbrother.
Cooke talks at length about working with John Varnom and Jamie Reid on the Sex Pistols, his partnership with Trevor Key and the origins of the famous Virgin logo.
Our cover, by the way, features a piece of point of sale material produced by Cooke Key for the Great Rock n Roll Swindle in 1979. You can see its fluoro loveliness and wraparound image better in this snap of a proof
Elsewhere, Angharad Lewis introduced her new concept, Up Side Up, which provides a platform for graphic designers to create products
And Rose Design talk us through their brand identity for the Bletchley Park museum
For advertising readers, Eliza Williams profiles Flo Heiss, who recently left Dare to set up his own studio with Tomato founder Graham Wood
And Rachael Steven reports from Station to Station, a collaboration between Levi’s and artist Doug Aitken in which a converted vintage train travelled across the US stopping off for arts events at cities along the way
Plus, Mark Sinclair looks at the changing world of graphic arts publishing where paper-based products, gifts and new formats are rapidly replacing books on the shelves of both retailers and buyers
And we look at the transformation of magazine websites thanks to a host of new tools
In tribute to his late father, NY designer Paul Sahre decided to recreate and relaunch a model rocket from his childhood. As a result, he nearly got himself arrested. Helen Walters relates a beautiful tale of love, fatherhood and paranoia in our Crit section
Plus, Julia Errens reports on an open day for creative studios run by women
Michael Evamy looks at the flattening trend in logo design
And Daniel Benneworth-Gray shares the agonies of awaiting feedback, while Paul Belford discusses a classic Guardian ad from 1987 with incredibly brave art direction
And in Monograph, we feature a beautiful collection of bicycle headbadges courtesy of Phi Carter from Carter Wong