The Gentlewoman is a biannual magazine that celebrates modern women of style and purpose. From the same creators of men’s lifestyle and fashion magazine Fantastic Man, The Gentlewoman offers a fresh and intelligent perspective on fashion that’s focused on personal style – the way women actually look, think and dress. Known for its elegance and simplicity, issue no. 8 of the magazine brings a truly pared down front cover featuring French actress Léa Seydoux. The Autumn issue also brought the launch of the magazine’s new website, designed by Denny Backhaus, true to the minimalist set-up of its physical publication. Beautifully designed, with a fresh journalistic perspective and gorgeous photography. Be sure to also explore the website, a virtual place where real women, real events and real things are enjoyed.
Cereal is an independent food and travel journal published quarterly featuring an extremely clean art direction, minimalistic yet stunning photography as well as original content which is much appreciated at a time when we are overwhelmed with the pace of information. Based in Bristol, UK, the magazine features contributors that have a strong presence in the editorial world such as interiors photographer Line Klein and lifestyle writer Nick Baines. The quality of Cereal though simple and minimal, makes me yearn for that quietness and the minute details of everyday life. I am definitely looking forward to their future issues.
William Hall designed this gorgeous catalogue for Calvin Klein’s flagship store in Avenue Montaigne, Paris. Hall states: Since the catalogue was not intended to be sold, it was possible to eschew the traditional assumption that a cover should define or be indicative of its content. Instead there was an opportunity to create an enigmatic and alluring object, the abstract qualities of which demand attention in their own right. I think the intention to create an enigmatic and alluring object has been met as a result of the absence of any sort of adornment (like text or graphics) on the front cover. The contrast between the shiny and matte surfaces on the cover is also very nice.
Swedish graphic design company Konst & Teknik can count work for Mono Kultur magazine in its impressive portfolio. Particularly mentionable here are the book covers for Deleuze och mångfaldens veck and The Rest is Silence, and the extremely useful CopyPasteCharacter—an online tool giving easy access to typographic characters—that negates the need to learn alt codes and other such shortcuts. What a marvellously simple time saver.
I love this poster from Felix Müthe. Since he’s in art school (Hochschule Pforzheim), he still has plenty of room to explore the edges of graphic design conventions. And he’s not afraid to use that room, judging by his portfolio. Müthe shows no fear of typography-driven design, using that typography in off-beat ways, or the use of excessive whitespace. He seems to have all the ingredients of a great minimalist graphic designer. And although this poster (‘Schmuck‘, or ‘Jewelry’) already dates back to 2008, it may be exemplary of the work he may produce in future years: well-balanced, typographic designs in an intriguingly naive style.