With so much great graphic design passing before our eyes online and in print each day, it’s sometimes easy to forget that beautiful compositions that are sometimes only paid the most fleeting attention are in fact the result of countless man-hours. That magazine cover that you flip casually past at the newsstand? A labour of love and the product of some serious design skills.
To remind us of the deliberation and attention to detail the best designers are renowned for, Studio New Work have published some of their grids to show how each seemingly effortless piece of layout is the result of laborious geometric construction and the careful manipulation of a few well-considered elements. While their stunning e-mailers for digital production studio Bespoke seem surprisingly simple, it’s that complex geometry going on behind-the-scenes that makes them exceptional.
- Wrap up warm with this week's Best of the Web
- This is Jane: a charming photo series that displays the empowerment of women
- Brooklyn-based illustrator Aaron Fernandez’s fluorescent editorial commissions
- London-based designer Laura Jouan’s well-considered, monochrome portfolio
- Join Jonathan Barnbrook, Maisie Willoughby, Wallace Henning, Anna Lomax and Jess Bonham at Nicer Tuesdays December
- Legs 11: artist Alfie Kungu’s comically long-trousered figures
- Wes Anderson directs H&M Christmas advert starring Adrien Brody
- The New Look: Looking back at Roundel’s 1980s identity design for British Rail’s Railfreight
- Discussing cinema with Laura Marling on her directorial debut, Soothing
- London’s first crisp restaurant, Hipchips, launches with branding by Ragged Edge
- Richard Sandler’s street photography conveys the intricacies of city life
- A "stress opus" from cartoonist Nadine Redlich