So what is this magazine we are creating a front cover and double page spread for? Well Creative Review is a monthly magazine targeted on the commercial arts and design scene. In general it focuses content on media originating in United Kingdom, Europe and the United States. It also showcases contemporary advertising, design, illustration, new media, photography, and typography. In my opinion i find it fairly boring though some imagery is fantastic but it all depends on what issue you get as most of them are rather bland. On their website they say that they only use absolute high resolution imagery onto the highest quality of print which is why the cost of the magazines themselves are at £6.50 each, you’re simply buying for the quality of the issues. They also mention that the magazine is designed to stimulate your senses and inspire your creativity. Creative Review launched in 1980, is published by Centaur Media, and has been edited by Patrick Burgoyne since 1999.
The magazine runs several awards and competitions throughout the year. Creative Review also publishes an annual double issue titled Creative Review – The Annual which showcases the best work of the year in visual communication from the fields of advertising, graphic design, digital media, packaging, music videos and related media. A separate Creative Review – The Photography Annual specializes in the best photography of the year.
Key information for this brief is that the cover art typically features typography, photography, graphics and illustration. Rarely do covers feature the actual artists for obvious reasons.
I have decided to purchase the most recent copy of of it which is the travel & transport issue, though the front cover is not intact an illustration it still will give me a slight idea on how good the quality of my piece should be like. I will be doing further research into other front covers which will relate more to my brief and the dimensions of Creative Reviews issues.