FP Redesign selected for AIGA50

The redesign of Foreign Policy magazine, completed in January 2015 while I was creative director, was recently selected for the AIGA50 awards from the AIGA DC chapter, and was exhibited at the AIGA50 Gala held on June 16th. AIGA50 is a biannual competition that selects the best 50 pieces of design work from the DC area. 

 

Congrats to Margaret Swart of o Banquhino for her lead design on this project, and Mindy Kay Bricker, FP’s executive editor for print, for spearheading the redesign initiative. 

Judging for ADCC Awards

Thank you to The Advertising & Design Club of Canada for inviting me to be on the design jury for their annual Directions awards this year, which showcases the best work in Canadian design and advertising.

 

It was an honor to judge the design category with Tom Crabtree of Manual, Pum Lefebure of Design Army, Tim Beard of Bibliothèque and Roanne Adams of Ro & Co. studio, and a blast to spend a lovely weekend in Toronto with a great group of people and ADCC staff and board members, all the while looking at inspiring work. 

 

The winners of the competition will be announced later this year. Past winners can be seen on ADCC’s site here. 

FP Redesign selected for CR’s Design Annual

 

The redesign of Foreign Policy, completed in January 2015 while I was creative director there, was selected for the inclusion in this year’s design annual from Creative Review. Creative Review’s annual showcases the best international work of the year in visual communication in advertising, graphic design, digital media, packaging, music videos and related media. I am honored that FP is one of the 83 winning entries in this year’s annual, and one of 3 in the magazine category.

 

Check it out on newsstands this May.

 

Congrats to Margaret Swart of o Banquhino for her lead design on this project, and Mindy Kay Bricker, FP’s executive editor for print, for spearheading the redesign initiative.

Bernie, Hillary, and the Authenticity Gap

Earlier this month I wrote a piece comparing the branding and messaging of the Democratic contenders for the presidential primary—Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. While this piece spends a good deal of time critiquing the branding of both campaigns, it’s a much broader piece that discusses, in some ways, the limits of an overly designed experience. It was my intention to write this piece for a greater audience interested in the role of images and visuals in political campaigns.

 

I was happy to hear Michael Bierut, who designed Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign branding, discuss this piece within a broader discussion about authenticity and design in the Democratic primary in his podcast “The Observatory.”
 
I invite you to read it here, on Medium: Bernie, Hillary, and the Authenticity Gap: A Case Study in Campaign Branding.

FP: AI34 Winners

I’m very happy to announce that some illustration work I commissioned as creative director of Foreign Policy was selected for inclusion of this year’s American Illustration Annual (AI34). Congrats to Mike McQuade for the Jan/Feb 2015 cover for “The Climate Issue”, and to Jonathan Bartlett for his “Fog of War” cover for the May/June 2014 issue. Special thanks to editors Mindy Kay Bricker, Peter Scoblic, and David Rothkopf. 

 

The annual is out now and available for purchase on AI-AP’s site. Well done, gentlemen!

 

In full disclosure, I was also a judge for this competition.