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These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

16 Dec


And by “things,” I mean “magazine covers.”

And by “favorite” I mean “recently.”

Now, I understand that magazine design is a pretty frivolous thing to think about only two days since the occurrence of one of the worst scenarios that any of us could ever imagine. But I’ve also found myself thinking about cover design a lot lately, especially as it relates to upsetting news. Good design can tell a story — even a horrific one — while still remaining ethical and fair. But that’s not often what we see. The New York Post, for example, just recently threw all sense of decency in the garbage when they decided to do this.

With all of that said… the covers below (and up top… that’s the Dallas Observer’s cover from the first week of the month), aren’t necessarily instances of bad news being covered in a decent way. They’re just examples of design that caught my eye this month. All originally via Coverjunkie.

lawschoolLaw school take-down from The Washington Post Magazine.

orangecoastFood-styling spectacular from Orange Coast Magazine.

metropoliMore food-styling shenanigans (dare I say this one is better?) from Spain’s La Luna de Metrópoli magazine.

franceA baguette ticking time bomb from The Economist

walmartTerrifying, really, from Bloomberg.

melIs Mel getting self-aware? (Doubtful). From Esquire Russia.


Wise Up

19 Nov

Well. It’s been far too long, hasn’t it? HJR’s been a little too busy as of late, and so here we are. I had great intentions of posting a lot of really awesome, insightful, witty, hilarious & entertaining things tonight (keep the laughter to a min., please), but it’s Monday and I’m already fried. So: what better way to jump-start the week than in a lazy but still pretty cool way… I give you Grace C. looking as f-i-e-r-c-e as evah. Behold, the red-headed beauty.

Isn’t she just great? i-D mag certainly thinks so, which is why they’ve featured her as a cover girl for their Wise Up issue. (Note to self: wear more cobalt).

Jenny, Your Envy is Showing.

9 Sep

Sam Taylor-Wood is partially my hero, partially someone of whom I am very, very envious. Why? The above picture, of course. This photo, and more, were part of Bullet Mag’s fall 2012 Romance Issue — of course. I mean…

In all seriousness, all of the photos from this issue (including shots of Elizabeth Olsen) are gorgeously great.

Mumford, Maps & Myriad Links

17 Aug

This week was a doozy, folks. Busy, busy, busy both at and away from work. Sorry about the lack of posts… I keep telling myself that the fall will give me more time for things like HJR, but I think that may be a silly thing to think.

So, as for my week, the highlight was definitely the Mumford & Sons show on Tuesday night (and as for the song at the link… I can’t even). The LC really did us a favor with the festival setup out back, and Mumford, Dawes and Apache Relay all put on a fantastic, raucous show.

Also exciting was the arrival, this afternoon, of the above. I ordered this from one of those bargain sites (specifically, Touch of Modern), last week, and I’m super excited to have it hanging on my walls. My love of London (and maps) really knows no bounds, and this baby’s a map of all of London’s streets – complete with cycle routes! The map’s from a UK-based company called The Future Mapping Company, and if you’re as into cartography as I am, check ’em out!

Although this week didn’t allow me much time to post a whole heck of a lot, I certainly happened upon a number of things that I found worth sharing.

And Then Some … an assortment of things that grabbed my interest this week:

The Short List came up with, well, a list of the 30 most stylish film characters. I’d have to agree with the Dude. No one holds a candle!

David Rakoff was a great storyteller. This clip is both heartwarming and heartbreaking.

When I lived in Cleveland, I volunteered each weekend at the Cleveland Animal Protective League (APL). They shared today the story of Wyatt, a pup who was left in a pretty crummy situation and missing a back paw. This video tells a bit about Wyatt’s story so far, and by clicking here you can donate to his recovery and the creation of his prosthetic!

God, how out of touch is Paul Ryan? Rage? Really? Does he not underst..nevermind. Mind melt. (Also, one time Stef, Mar and I saw Zack de la Rocha on the street in Chicago – with his mom – and he seemed like a total dork. Which was cool).

More from the Gawker universe: Donald Trump is such a blowhardI’m sorry… I mean loser.

Ugh to Putin, but also Ugh to Reuters. How, again, is a short skirt  relavent to this story?

These sculptures are incredible!

Loving this gift-wrap idea.

I’m convinced that the universe is trying to get me to go into an American Eagle again. This is just more proof.

One of the most important things you will click on this year. Trust me.

Big Meals, Big Moments & The Death of Creativity

10 Aug

The meal of an Olympic male figure skater, via photographer Michael Bodiam.

The Internet is full of so much garbage. But also some pretty great stuff. You just have to do some sifting to find the real gems, like photographer Michael Bodiam’s take on an Olympic meal infographic. I’m not sure where he got his information – I’m assuming he did some digging to find out what these athletes munch on when they’re off the courts, out of the pools, etc. – but I’m super impressed nonetheless.

It’s just so charming!

And Then Some … an assortment of things that grabbed my interest this week:

Mohawk guy, obviously.

The Olympics end on Sunday, and it’s been a pretty fun ride. This moment was one of my favorites.

Indie rock meets MLB trade deadline… I know nothing about baseball, but got a chuckle out of this anyway.

More fun stuff from Paste… Avett cover art! Animated no less. Getting very, very excited for Sept. 11.

Misogyny so nice, they did it twice.

Looking forward to a new alb. from these crazy kids.

Something new to covet… Plomo shoes.

Digging this Lolla photo, taken by my pal Ryka. Wish I had seen the shows, but not sad I missed the evac. Yikes!

You guys! It’s really happening!

1., 2., 3.

9 Aug

David Ogilvy.

I am an organizational freak, which is probably why I love making lists. I typically trash any and all notes as soon as they’re no longer of any use to me, but Lists of Note has inspired me to hang on to some of them – if I looked back on my lists in the future, I’m sure I’d either be A. appalled or B. intrigued by these often random memos to myself.

So speaking of Lists of Note, it’s a site that’s worth a browse. It offers a little of this  (Houdini’s diva rider) and a little of that (I love Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s resolution of “Wash teeth if any”), and many of the lists provide really interesting insight into the lives, minds, hearts, etc. of some of history’s most remarkable individuals.

One of the lists that intrigued me the most, obviously, was ad man David Ogilvy’s internal memo titled How to Write. The advice given in his memo to employees of Ogilvy & Mather is aligned with a lot of the advice I’ve received over the years by my more respected colleagues and mentors, but I’ve always found it interesting how quickly people forget some of these major tips (myself included). For instance:

“Write the way you talk. Naturally.” Do you naturally say “let’s synthesize this information?” No. No you do not.

“Never use jargon words like reconceptualize, demassification, attitudinally, judgmentally. They are hallmarks of a pretentious ass.” Also, “impactful” is not a word, members of the marketing universe.

And finally: “Never write more than two pages on any subject.” If you can’t say it in two, you don’t know what you’re talking about. Same goes for PowerPoint slides.

And now, dear friends, I am off my soapbox.

Happy list browsing.

Going For Gold

6 Aug

Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

The Olympics are great, aren’t they? Excitement, incredible feats of athleticism, good-looking bodies… Yeah. It’s been fun!

But like most events (I’m looking at you, Oscars), one of my most favorite aspects of the Olympics is the sheer amount of fantastic photography that’s derived from it. And the Olympics are doubly great, because of the sheer amount of emotion that goes into the whole thing. In fact, I’d be pretty surprised if I came across a dull photo from the London Olympics.

Via their website, NBC has done an awesome job of showcasing some of the best photos from the Games. Below are a handful of the images that I find most interesting, heartwarming, etc. All of these images – and a boat-load more – can be found here.

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images

Chris Mcgrath/Getty Images

Anja Niedringhaus/AP

John Mabanglo/EPA

Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters