A while ago a local design magazine held a contest for a cover celebrating its 40th issue. We made a couple of projects and even though we didn’t win, we like them enough to share.
It was required to keep the original vignette with the title and other data at the top of the cover. Now, what we’re showing here is a quick redesign of that one, with a changed title, because we don’t know if we could use the original one and don’t care enough to check.
We wanted to do something material and tangible, as opposed to slick vector design that we sometimes, not always, get tired of.
The first design comes from the idea of celebrating with confetti, but the confetti is colorful waste from a puncher. It was a whole lot of work to punch lots of colorful papers, then arrange the little circles into the spectrum, and finally clean them up so they’d be reusable. You might think that’s excessive sustainability and/or compulsiveness but the circles came in useful when we decided we liked the idea and reused it recently for our website.
The second design concentrates on the fact that the magazine writes both about graphic design and product design, making it both 2D and 3D. In case you’ve got doubts, this image is not a computer visualization but a regular photo. To compliment the graphite used in 2+, a silver Pantone would be used for the plus sign.
The third one is a little like a minimalistic Advent calendar, suggesting a whole treasury of old issues of the magazine under the surface. Again, each number was cut and folded by hand (and if you’re wondering, it took almost exactly the length of Emma movie with Gwyneth Paltrow).