Posts Tagged ‘ Esquire ’

Read like an Egyptian

These content pages, in the August issue of Esquire, are a series of images that summarize the topics that appears on various pages. These icons were possibly inspired by hieroglyphs, and certainly evoke the notion of reading through imagery. The one on page 106 (lower page) is Morgan Freeman; You probably recognize President Obama; the series of icons between 84 and 93 will be revealed on another day. [Click twice to zoom in close]

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Beautiful grids

New Beauty magazine claims to be the most unique beauty magazine.

That may or may not be the case, but the design of their covers certainly is unique. I’m not sure I’ve seen a cover so highly structured in its us of headings and secondary type. The loose modular grid and the duality of the horizontal and vertical type is dynamic. The striking combination of serif and sans serif type and the white background all contribute to look of the publication.

Esquire magazine’s use of typography on their covers over recent years has been striking, but this approach creates a strong visual brand, as you can see in these two covers.

Esquire editor has last word

Perhaps this caught my eye because the class assignment this week is an exercise in marking paragraphs. It’s worth clicking to enlarge the image. Wonderful.

[Esquire UK May 2011]

Fox News chief: a typographic portrait

Thomas Porostocky, credited as the illustrator of this portrait, has produced a striking piece of typography for a profile about the Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, that appears in Esquire magazine.

It’s worth zooming into the left page to see the details.

[ Esquire February 2011 ]

What I’ve Learned

Esquire magazine frequently includes a short feature called What I’ve Learned. In the January  issue they have included about 20 such interviews.

The spread below precedes the interviews.

Here is a strong design with wonderful typographic contrast and hierarchy that tips you off to the interviewees in a contents page that’s not really a contents page.

It would have been better if the names had included the page numbers instead of just the unhelpful color-coded tabs. This is an opportunity to use information graphic that has been missed. The second spread shows the color coded tab from the opening spread that links to the interview with Samuel L. Jackson. The color blue is the device that cues you in. But it doesn’t help … so why bother? A simple page number is all that is needed. The color would help had it been in addition to but not instead of the page number.

The last spread is the cover of the issue in what has now become the signature style of the magazine: A photographic portrait behind which is a typographic wallpaper that tells us what’s inside. Yet here again there are no page numbers to help us.

[ Esquire, January 2011 ]


Less is more

This single page, from Esquire demonstrates both a smart concept and impeccable execution. The article starts by stating:

The list of things it’s truly impossible to live without is pretty short–air, water, food, the dimples on a woman’s back.

The editor then set the designer the limit of not using any photography or illustration. And so to illustrate the article all the designer had was typography.

The article is entitled Doing Without. So what better an idea than to remove those letters from a white page.