Clever old-school editorial designs by Javier Jaén

Date
9 January 2015
Reading Time
1 minute read

You don’t get as much editorial illustration and art direction like this as you used to. Back in the day, this sort of visual pun-based work was used to illustrate pretty much every article under the sun in order to quickly get a hard-hitting point across and lure readers in to the actual story. Nowadays people like The New York Times Magazine are some of the only guys who still use this method – and when they do they call on Javier Jaén. The Barcelona-born designer spends the majority of his time collaborating with art directors, photographers and illustrators to concoct clever, pleasing visual cues that sit comfortably among the pages of big-dog publications such as The New Yorker and The Washington Post. You don’t get many more “simple idea, well executed” examples than in Javier’s portfolio, not to mention the rather beautiful last line on his online bio – “He has still not written a child, planted a book, or given birth to a tree. Everything is waiting to be done.”

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Javier Jaén: The Atlantic. The Death of the Artist (I). Art direction by Elisa Glass.

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Javier Jaén: The New York Times Magazine. Off Target on Toy-Gun Regulation. Art direction by Jason Sfetko.

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Javier Jaén: The New York Times Magazine. The Worth of Black Men, from Slavery to Ferguson. Art direction by Ben Grandgenett.

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Javier Jaén: How Magazine. In-house designers. Art direction by Adam Ladd.

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Javier Jaén: The New York Times: Opinator. The Great Divide. Class Struggle in the Sky. Art Direction by Aviva Michaelov.

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Javier Jaén: Barcelona Creative Commons Film Festival

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Javier Jaén: The New York Times Magazine. Are We Missing the Big Picture on Climate Change? Art Direction by Frank Augugliaro

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Javier Jaén: The New York Times Magazine.Treating Ebola Without Fear. Art direction by Jason Sfetko.

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Liv Siddall

Liv joined It’s Nice That as an intern in 2011 and worked across online, print and events, and was latterly Features Editor before leaving in May 2015.

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