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The Face, nº 59, March 1985

“Styled by British graphic and record-sleeve designer Neville Brody, The Face pioneered a new visual language for magazines during the 1980s that was extensively copied. Initially published on a small budget, the magazine cut across music, fashion, film, and visual culture in general to become a street-wise style bible. Talented image-makers such as Ray Petri, who created the look of the sulky eight-years-old Felix Howard for the March 1985 cover, brought underground and London street designs such as the Buffalo fashions seen on the young Felix to mass audiences. Brody’s groundbreaking art direction introduced different typefaces on the same page, and used dynamic typography and strong visual accents to enhance the impact of the magazine’s photography. While some pages were drenched in color, others remained starkly black and white, and certain covers -unusually for a style publication- featured only text without imagery. Brody also took images to the edges of the page, deliberately cropping and cutting into the photographs.”


Graphic: 500 designs that matter. London: Phaidon, 2017


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