IL Magazine Covers, Nº 34–48
5 February 2013
Founders Grotesk, Tiempos and Domaine in use for various covers of IL Magazine.
I think Francesco Franchi is making some of the best infographic and editorial design today. To have such an array of my typefaces used for his masterful redesign of IL magazine is an absolute honour. The redesign started with Nº 34, using the entire Tiempos and Founders Grotesk families. It featured a couple of lovely logotypes by Christian Schwartz and his unreleased sans Graphik XXX Condensed. By issue Nº 38, it became clear that Founders Grotesk wasn’t working very well for text sizes, so I made Founders Grotesk Text. From issue Nº 44, Commercial Type’s Atlas Grotesk Typewriter was starting to be used, and the latest issues, Nº 47 & 48 are using my (as yet unreleased) Domaine Display—one of the first public outings.
I like how Franchi works with many other designers on the covers and internal illustrations—they really bring each issue to life. The Nº 35 cover & internal illustrations are by Lamosca. Nº 40 cover & internal illustrations are by La Tigre. Nº 45 cover illustration is by Elena Giavaldi, based on an old issue of Town & Country. For more in-depth images of the new IL Series, see Franchi’s flickr set.