Creative Fuel#3: Jess’ Inspirations

“I’m sticking to what I know best…”

Jess Hibbert, our resident illustrator and senior graphic designer has a background in magazine work and that’s where her contribution to our blog is taking us today.

Francoise Mouly – art director at New Yorker magazine is amongst Jess’ greatest influences. Mouly is heralded in the publishing world for her daring and iconic magazine covers. Her response to the World Trade Centre attacks in 2001 was to produce an entirely black cover of New Yorker, with two different densities of black ink, with the silhouette of the towers in the darker ink. A simple, yet poignant response to a devastating event.

New Yorker Twin Towers

New Yorker – Twin Towers


Similarly, a recent tribute to the lives lost when Paris magazine Charlie Hebdo’s staff were murdered earlier this month displayed Mouly’s propensity for commissioning striking design to convey a strong message to the magazine’s readers (artwork by Ana Juan).

New Yorker Solidarite

New Yorker Solidarite

In her Blown Covers book, Mouly revealed a slew of covers that never quite made it to the streets: satirical depictions of current affairs events, deemed too risqué, even for a magazine that pride itself on challenging the political status quo.

Jess also brought the wonders of Ernest Journal to our attention.

Ernest Logo

Ernest Logo

In their own words:

“Ernest is a blog, iPad magazine and biannual printed journal
for curious and adventurous gentlefolk. It is a guide for those who appreciate true craftsmanship, who are fascinated by curious histories and eccentric traditions and who care more for timeless style than trends.”

In Jess’ words:

“It started off as a kick-starter initiative by some writers and designers who started out on their own. It’s an online and print magazine, it has a very particular style and feel which is maintained in every aspect, from photography, illustration and type.”

Topically, they cover a range of cultural curios, all beautifully presented. This article on vinyl record production in London, for instance, puts a name to the trend that many are aware of, but few have an insight into. And on a geographical tip, this article explores a lost village beyond Brighton.

Next week we’ll hear from our 3D & Animation expert, Nathan.


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