Issue 6 of Sway, the zine I produce with Rory King is now available for download!

You can view the issue here.

This issue’s theme is Freedom and features topics ranging from the Freedom Tower to free jazz, Martin Luther King to Charles Bukowski. I handled the first six spreads and Rory took the last six and this is the first time we’ve approached the topic from completely different angles making for two distinct points of view as you turn the pages.

As with each issue, we like to be creative with our chosen themes. For “freedom” we decided to try something a bit different. In addition to the three pre-chosen fonts, we allowed each of us one “freedom” font—essentially giving us the chance to use any typeface we’d like in addition to the issue fonts, which added a nice dynamic. Further, the pre-chosen fonts we decided to go with are related to freedom as well—Caslon is what the Declaration of Independence was first printed in and Gotham is widely viewed as today’s “American typeface.” We are playing with the idea of the typefaces of a free society in 1776 and a free society in 2012.

I like how this one turned out. Take a look!

Issue 6 of Sway, the zine I produce with Rory King is now available for download!

You can view the issue here.

This issue’s theme is Freedom and features topics ranging from the Freedom Tower to free jazz, Martin Luther King to Charles Bukowski. I handled the first six spreads and Rory took the last six and this is the first time we’ve approached the topic from completely different angles making for two distinct points of view as you turn the pages.

As with each issue, we like to be creative with our chosen themes. For “freedom” we decided to try something a bit different. In addition to the three pre-chosen fonts, we allowed each of us one “freedom” font—essentially giving us the chance to use any typeface we’d like in addition to the issue fonts, which added a nice dynamic. Further, the pre-chosen fonts we decided to go with are related to freedom as well—Caslon is what the Declaration of Independence was first printed in and Gotham is widely viewed as today’s “American typeface.” We are playing with the idea of the typefaces of a free society in 1776 and a free society in 2012.

I like how this one turned out. Take a look!

The second issue of SWAY, the themed zine I started with my friend Rory King, is now available for download!

Download Issue 02: Nostalgia

This issue is centered around the theme of nostalgia. The first six spreads are my explorations with a look into time, memory, the past, Proust, and Woody Allen while Rory handled the second half of the zine. I’m really happy with how this issue turned out and I think it’s a great follow up to our first issue as we are starting to find our voice and get into a good process. I hope you also enjoy paging through it as we start work on issue 3!

The second issue of SWAY, the themed zine I started with my friend Rory King, is now available for download!

Download Issue 02: Nostalgia

This issue is centered around the theme of nostalgia. The first six spreads are my explorations with a look into time, memory, the past, Proust, and Woody Allen while Rory handled the second half of the zine. I’m really happy with how this issue turned out and I think it’s a great follow up to our first issue as we are starting to find our voice and get into a good process. I hope you also enjoy paging through it as we start work on issue 3!

Sway

A few weeks ago my friend Rory and I were emailing back and forth about what our lives have been like since graduating in May and we both remarked that we missed the process of working on school projects. Obviously both of us have continued in design since graduation but we have since realized that those class design projects provided a unique set of challenges we don’t always get in the professional world.

In short, a class design project provides three things: (1.) a set goal and planned finished product, whether that be a logo system or a poster series, starting the project you know what you are working towards; (2.) chosen content, whether that be content and/or topics chosen up front or those assigned by the professor; and (3.) an open environment and forum for experimentation, growth, and exploration. The first two happen in the professional world, but the third is what makes the project more interesting. We realized you are essentially presented a project much like you would working in a studio but are given complete free reign in style, aesthetics, techniques, and approach and we missed that and wondered if it was possible to work in that process to continue our own personal growth and development as designers.

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I picked up a copy of the latest Bloomberg Businessweek this afternoon to see the touching and powerful Steve Jobs memorial issue. The entire magazine is dedicated to Jobs’s life and is a powerful tribute to his work. The issue is a wonderful example of top notch editorial design as I was pulled into the magazine and found myself reading every single page and every single article.

What’s even more amazing, Jobs died on Wednesday and this issue hit newsstands on Sunday, meaning the editorial team put together this entire issue in a matter of days which is an unbelievably tight deadline. Add to that, there is not one advertisement in the issue, every page is dedicated to telling Jobs’s story.

This issue is a great testament to beautiful editorial design and a fitting tribute to the man who gave us desktop publishing in the first place. This issue will sit on my shelf next to my favorite Steve Jobs magazine cover.

Ken Leung, founding art director at the always wondeful Monocle magazine, has launched a new portfolio site, Modern Publicity, that is just bursting with top notch work. He really shines in editorial design but I can’t get over his great use of typography.

Ken Leung, founding art director at the always wondeful Monocle magazine, has launched a new portfolio site, Modern Publicity, that is just bursting with top notch work. He really shines in editorial design but I can’t get over his great use of typography.