As design director of The New York Times Magazine Gail Bichler is responsible for some of its most iconic imagery, ideas and cover designs. With over ten years experience prior as the magazine’s art director, hers is an expert voice when it comes to distilling the contemporary cultural and political climate into cohesive, eye-catching visuals.
At Here 2016, Gail shared the inventive and collaborative ins and outs behind creating this celebrated magazine’s covers, detailing the collaborative process from ideation through pitch to the design and commission that brings the concept to life. She discusses stylistic choices across the fields of photography, graphic design, typography and art direction, as well as the motivations, reasons and obstacles that lead to their inclusion or exclusion from the final artwork.
She talks in particular detail about the magazine’s powerfully simple political portraits, often illustrated and visualised, including the recent and famous Donald Trump balloon. She also takes time to humorously consider reader and media response for the magazine, which reaches some four million readers every Sunday.
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- “An endless love story”: Claudine Doury returns to the Amur River to photograph its people
- Peter Millard gives a humorous account of his journey so far
- “They’re the only things I would save in a fire”: A peak inside Hattie Stewart’s marvellous sketch books
- Illustrator Katy Stubbs on moulding her dishy stories out of clay
- Tom Noon on his musical, spontaneous and illustrative approach to graphic design
- Nazif Lopulissa rethinks the shapes and forms of the children’s playground
- “We want to challenge and disturb the audience”: meet graphic design studio Alliage
- Matt Willey leaves The New York Times Magazine and joins Pentagram
- Ikki Kobayashi’s new series investigates the tension between shapes and negative space
- “Perfectly beautiful things don’t attract me”: Heesun Seo on her nontraditional practice
- The Pantone Colour of the Year 2020 makes a statement about peace and communication
- Moleskine’s digital notebook and a visual inventory of Earth win Apple's Apps of the Year