Ray Gun was an American alternative rock-and-roll magazine, first published in 1992 in Santa Monica, California. Led by founding art director David Carson, along with founding editor Neil Feineman, Ray Gun explored experimental magazine typographic design and unique angles on the pop cultural currents of the 90s. The editorial content was framed in a chaotic, abstract style, not always readable (it once published an interview with Bryan Ferry entirely in the symbol font Zapf Dingbats), but distinctive in appearance. That tradition for compelling visuals continued even after Carson left the magazine after three years; he was followed by a series of art directors, including Robert Hales, Chris Ashworth, Jason Saunby, Scott Denton-Cardew, and Jerome Curchod.

In terms of content, Ray Gun was also notable for its choices of subject matter. The cutting-edge advertising, musical artists and pop culture icons spotlighted were typically ahead of the curve, putting such artists as Radiohead, Björk, Beck, Flaming Lips, PJ Harvey and Eminem[citation needed] on its cover long before its better-known competitors. Those choices were guided by Executive Editor Randy Bookasta (and founding editor Neil Feineman for the first five issues), along with an editorial staff that included Dean Kuipers, Nina Malkin, Mark Blackwell, Joe Donnelly, Grant Alden, Mark Woodlief, and Eric Gladstone.

Ray Gun produced over 70 issues from 1992 through 2000. Owner-founder-publisher Marvin Scott Jarrett (one-time publisher of a late-1980s incarnation of Creem) also created the magazines Bikini, Stick and huH.[citation needed] Jarrett is currently editor-in-chief of Nylon, a New York–based fashion magazine.The most notable common thread among all of Jarrett’s magazines (from his latter-day Creem through Nylon) has been an attraction to dynamic next-generation graphic design.(via Wikipedia)

Loved Ray Gun.



To me this is very attractive. Lovely bare feet, black nail polish, nice hair cut, piercing blue eyes, toned down make up, colourful dress. She looks fantastic.




Pentagram’s partner Michael Bierut has redesigned music industry magazine Billboard, creating a new identity and editorial format for the magazine. The magazine’s 1966 logo has been replaced with a brand new one, that has been set entirely in lower-case with tighter spacing in-between each letter.

The colored circles in the logo have also been dropped—making the print version look more “grown-up” and “serious”—however, the color version of the logo will still be used on the Billboard website and in its marketing materials, according to Pentagram. The editorial layout of the magazine has also been reorganized and restructured—“Headers are paired with graphic bars inspired by the charts. Page layouts are opened up, with graphs, pull quotes and other data appearing in the margins,” said the design studio. Another major part of the redesign was to remake the magazine’s charts to be more “easily understood”.

The new layout for the magazine will hit newsstands on 26 January 2013.


The cover of issue 42 features Tom Hardy’s character Forrest Bondurant from the new John Hillcoat film, Lawless – a “downhome bootlegging caper” say LWL. The image was carved into Japanese Ply wood, inked up and printed by the magazine’s design team. The film also shows some of the woodcut section openers that appear in the magazine. The woodcut team in full: Angus McPherson (LWLies designer), Fabrizio Festa (TCOLondon designer) and Eve Lloyd Knight (TCOLondon design intern). (via Creative Review)

Wallpaper* has collaborated with GFSmith on a cover project that looks to celebrate the magazine’s 15th anniversary. 15 designers or brands were approached to each create a special cover design, to be printed on Colorplan paper stock. Collaborators include Build, It’s Nice That, James Joyce, MadeThought, Nike, and Spin… “Wallpaper* asked us to commission 15 designers to each produce a ‘celebrity’ bespoke cover around the concept of Wallpaper* Famous for 15 years’,” explains GFSmith’s James Groves.

“In the true sense of bespoke, using digital printing by FE Burman, each cover design was printed on to the stock of the designer’s choosing from our Colorplan range,” continues Groves. “FE Burman pushed the printing by using many different processes including multiple passes of white ink. The results show how choice of paper plays an integral part of the design process.” (via Creative Review)

The merge between the magazines Form and Forum has become the new “Form” magazine. Art Direction by Cecilia Lindgren. Nice work with typography and the general look. 

Next Page »