Magazine special issue part 1
Tom Wolsey’s Town
Anatomy of a magazine
The latest Eye, the first of two specials about magazine design and art direction, celebrates the printed magazine in many different ways.
The Reputations interview is with New York Times Magazine design director Gail Bichler, ‘a Sunday supplement with an intense schedule that yields breathtaking results from its use of typography, photography and a dizzying stream of innovations,’ as Eye’s assistant editor Sarah Snaith writes in her introduction. In ‘Town shaped the Sixties’, Anne Braybon pays tribute to Tom Wolsey (1924-2013), ‘the boldest and most innovative editorial art director of his generation.’ Eye 96 also covers indie soccer mag Eight by Eight, photographer Philip Sayer’s magazine photography and several books about legendary titles (including Harper’s Bazaar, New York and Octavo). In the cover feature ‘Anatomy of a magazine’, illustrated by Jason Ford, eight writers examine some of the key elements that make a magazine a magazine – cover, contents, features, reviews, adverts and so on.