September 15th, 2010
The first project from my studio since I left The Guardian is on the streets: Courrier International, published in Paris.
It’s a fascinating magazine. They collect journalism from all over the world, translate it very carefully into French and republish it. The images are a mixture of cartoons illustrations and photos from other sources, with a small amount of commissions. They put it all together into a package which has a very strong personality, and has gained a loyal following. And it’s one of those oversized improved newsprint magazine, a format I love.
I’ve been working on this for the last few months with my former Guardian colleague Mark Leeds. We went over to Paris last week for the “bouclage” (literally buckling-up, what they call shipping an issue) and the very grand launch party, and here are the results.
They printed this comment from me in the first issue, translated into French: “j’espère que les lecteurs éprouveront plus de plaisir à lire le magazine, mais j’espère aussi qu’avec la nouvelle formule ils reconnaîtront la voix d’un vieil ami”. (I hope that readers will find the magazine more enjoyable to read, but I also hope that they will recognise in the new design the voice of an old friend).
Some pages below (click to enlarge)