First impressions, as all our mums told us, should not be trusted but as we grow up we learn they are completely unavoidable. So the design team at The New York Times magazine doesn’t take it lightly when they decide to create a new contents page for their special editions, but they are convinced it’s an important and worthwhile exercise.
In an interesting post on the magazine’s 6th Floor Blog, the magazine’s art director Gail Bichler writes: “Designers constantly face the risk of readers reacting negatively in knee-jerk fashion to design decisions. (Reactions to text, which takes more time to digest, tend to be more considered.) But it’s a risk that’s important to take. As one of the first things a reader sees in the magazine, the T.O.C. is a chance to signify that each article is part of a larger package. A T.O.C. redesign is also a way to push one step further the visual vocabulary we’ve created for the features.”
It’s interesting to see some of the different iterations of the TOC and cheering to find out that these kind of risks are still taken.
- Manshen Lo creates surreal, comic-inspired observational illustrations
- “To me, being a man just means being yourself”: five creatives share their thoughts on masculinity
- Hexatope: the web-app utilising computational arts to make personalised jewellery
- Lucy Hardcastle on her “most progressive film to date”
- Moby Digg creates grid-based identity for finance company Baugeld Spezialisten
- Typography and National Socialism – the journey of Futura in an era of "reactionary modernity"
- Peter Funch has photographed the same people on the same street for nine years
- DBLG and Animade’s cheeky stop-motion animation uses human skin and 3D stamps
- “It needed to be functional, a workhorse”: Arket’s in-house team on its brand identity
- Get to know the fluid work of graphic designer, Steffen Hotel
- Fukt magazine presents the erotic drawings of David Shrigley, Tracy Emin and many more
- Poster Girls, an exhibition of 150 female graphic designers opens at London Transport Museum