CR March issue

The March issue of CR marks our 30th birthday. While we celebrate with a replica extract of the very first issue and a Monograph on great work from 1980, in the magazine we look forward rather than back

The March issue of CR is out this week and is extra special: it marks our 30th birthday. While we celebrate with a replica extract of the very first issue and a Monograph on great work from 1980, in the magazine we decided to look forward rather than back…

As the theme for our 30th birthday issue we asked a range of prominent figures, including practitioners, critics, curators and academics to tell us about one thing, person, idea or place that they were excited about for the future. The 30/30 feature will give you some idea of the ideas, people and directions that you might find in CR in the next 30 years.

Paola Antonelli, senior curator at MoMA New York, chose the work of designers and architects who are collaborating with scientists (main pictures); while Joel Gethin Lewis, interaction designer and artist, chose to look at the future impact that open source software may have on other areas of culture and society.


Lars Bastholm of Ogilvy North America and Steve Wax of Campfire New York, highlighted “the evolution of storytelling”, where storytelling becomes a social experience, or the marketing of an event a piece of entertainment in itself. Grant Parker, head of art at DDB London selected the Nobrow studio (main picture) and, in particular, their love of tactile, screenprinted publications.


CR’s Patrick Burgoyne highlighted the work of five female photographers who were recently shortlisted for the Hyères International Fashion and Photography Festival.

Other choices include director James Frost on the imminent rebirth of Polaroid; Jeremy Leslie on the @font-face technology; Wallpaper* art director Meirion Pritchard on the potential of diamonds as a building material; director Johnny Hardstaff on the beauty of chaos; Malcolm Garrett on the iPad; and Adam Luckwell of Unit on the creative possibilties that RED cameras will bring…


In the rest of the March issue, we also have the second installment of Ayse Kongur and Tom Hunter-Watts’ interview with French graphic designer, Philippe Apeloig.


There’s also the new CR Readers’ Panel section in Crit, where three CR readers examined a new website for Paul Smith Jeans by Inventive&Co; an identity system for The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage by johnson banks; the new Diesel ‘Be Stupid’ campaign from Anomaly; and design studio Music’s self-published tome, Stuff We Really Like.


Plus, regular columnist Jeremy Leslie looks at some of the best food magazines around (and how niche publications can usually show mainstream titles a thing or to); while ‘James McNulty’ reports on the coming war between traditional and digital creative departments within agencies.


And here’s our special souvenir extract from the very first issue of CR from 1980, which comes with the March edition…


… and features none other than Terence Conran writing about new packaging design.

The cover for the issue features two decorative finishes by Celloglas: the Highbuild varnish used on the confetti and CF Cellofoil Magenta for the CR logo.


Finally, for subscribers, Monograph includes 17 great pieces of work from 1980, including Brett Wickens’ design and art direction for Kinetic Ideals’ Reason EP (above left) and Bow Wow Wow’s Your Cassette Pet cover and packaging by Peter John Shepherd (right).


It also includes a poster for the Too Much Pressure album by The Selecter, designed by John ‘Teflon’ Sims (above left) and a poster for the Moscow 1980 Olympic Games, designed by Wladimir Aresentjev.

Also in Monograph is Minale Tattersfield’s British Airports at the Design Center poster; ads for B&H and Parker pens by Collett Dickensen Pearce & Partners; the classic DXE hover-type lawn mower from Flymo; and the April 1980 cover of Personal Computer World magazine, which featured the very latest in computing technology, the Sinclair ZX80.

What a year.

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