Publications have always been a passion for me. One of my earliest jobs was at the weekly Washington DC City Paper doing a mix of electronic and traditional design and layout. The job was very educational, and pretty much everyone there was passionate about the press and publications.
My goals for art direction on publications is to strike a balance between visual interest and readability. At one end of the spectrum, when Ray Gun hit the stands with David Carson art directing, every issue was ground-breaking and fabulous to look at, but punishing and laborious to read. At the opposite end of the spectrum, many publications - examples that spring to mind are enthusiast magazines and pubs by professional associations - are full of dreary typography set in dull columns with photos that are stuck on the page with as much excitement as a dead fish.
In 2009, CityBike, a San Francisco Bay Area local motorcycle publication, contacted me because their designer had walked out. We agreed that it was a good time to redesign the publicaton. I've been designing and producing the publication ever since.
I also write and shoot photography for the magazine. Examples at the bottom of the page.
Your publication can be and deserves to be better, and I can do it for you.
All the back issues of CityBike are now available in PDF format. They're between 8 and 10 mb each, I recommend downloading them.
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