magazine covers to note

faucethead creative // magazine covers to note

Around the faucethead studios you can always find an assortment of magazines. The contents of the glossies range from outdoor sports, business, travel, interior design, print production, fine art and even some pop culture fluff, but the ones that become staples on the studio coffee table all have one thing in common: a beautiful cover. Though you should never judge by a cover (as they say) we know a well-designed first impression gets us every time. We’re not lucky enough to own all the beauties below, but here are ten magazine covers that made us stop, look a little closer and say “I wish I had made that!”

faucethead creative // magazine covers to note

1 // Playboy November 2013
Those red lips, that smoldering match and the barely-visible tooth gap make this composition perfect. Maybe not the most office appropriate publication, but who are we to judge?

2 // Bloomberg Businessweek November 11-17, 2013
Great illustration and watercolor details are a faucethead favorite. The Twitter bird has never looked better. (Psst… follow our adventures on Twitter here.)

3 // The Gentlewoman Spring + Summer 2011
The Gentlewoman covers can be spotted a mile away. Solid background colors, a simple black and white portrait, black text and the best content. Definitely a publication worth checking out.

4 // UPPERCASE Spring 2009
This UPPERCASE cover was one of the first to grace the faucethead studio when I first joined the team. While the design is beautiful, the rich paper and content make it even better.

5 // Collect December 2011
It’s no secret that simplicity and color are two ideas that faucethead fully supports. Collect magazine delivers in both areas with every issue cover.

6 // Seventeen July 1949
Symmetry? Color? Pattern? Awesome. I can’t say we feel the same way about the content, though. Unless, of course, you’re looking for instructions for advanced square dance steps.

7 // W December/January 2013
This cover, featuring Mr. Clooney, was just a hint of the feature inside. Check out the whole thing here and understand why we love this cover so much.

8 // Variety June 2014
Using double exposure to show actors and their most famous characters, Variety magazine and photographer Peter Hapak, definitely caught our attention.

9 // Esquire June 1965
Oh, Mr, Connery, you really are something.

10 // The New Yorker September 24, 2001
In the weeks following 9/11 this cover was one of the most poignant. Printed on black paper with black ink, the publication is one that must truly be seen in person to appreciate.

Images collected via Pinterest. View the originals and more here.

creative block go-to’s

No matter how hard you try, eventually the little devil known as ‘creative roadblock’ will find you. He can sneak up on you in later stages of a project, greet you from the very beginning or, if you’re really unlucky, accompany you during the entire creative process. He’s unpredictable like that and we’ve dealt with him in all forms throughout the years. Like trained warriors after years of battle, we’ve created an arsenal of tricks to overcoming creative block quickly and efficiently. A few of my favorites are outlined below.

faucethead creative // overcoming creative block

Flip through a magazine. For faucethead creative, Kinfolk Magazine is unbeatable. The publication is simple and beautiful and will leave you feeling refreshed by the time you reach the back cover.

Get lost in a book. While time doesn’t always allow for you to finish a novel when you’re feeling stumped, a collection of short stories from a favorite author usually helps. In this case, my go-to is Roald Dahl. A bit of whimsy never hurt anyone.

Catch a flick. I think Baz Luhrmann is my film-making spirit animal. His over-the-top theatrics, saturated colors and moving scores are perfect for breaking through the creative bubble.

Unwind. Pending it’s not 8 in the morning (or if it is, we won’t judge you), pour yourself a cocktail and relax for a minute. Over thinking something, especially a frustrating project, never helps.

Snack attack. Maybe the cocktail wasn’t the best idea, but can you opt for a snack instead? Chips and dip have been my favorite for as long as I can remember. A salty snack could hold the answers to your creative block woes!

Internet inspiration. The internet is a vast place so inspiration can strike at any time, but I find that Pinterest delivers again and again. So many good things curated by great people.

Daydream. A little virtual escape might be the next best thing to a vacation when you’re in work mode. Google images of your dream vacation spot, turn on the National Geographic channel, house hunt internationally with HGTV or find travel past travel photos of your own.

Get out. Ditch the desk for a bit. Visit a local shop (Hunt & Gather is one of my favorites), take a walk, eat lunch with friends or call your mom. She’ll be happy to hear from you and you’ll get your mind off the creative struggle that’s overtaken your mind.

fc gift guide for the creative

One of the hardest people I’ve ever bought a gift for might be the boss man here at faucethead creative. While Chris has particularly good taste, I find designers and creative types in general, can be very difficult to check off your holiday shopping list. I’m here to help you out this year, though. From big budgets to small budgets, I’ve found an item for every aesthetically savvy designer, artist and friend on your list. Look no further.
faucethead creative // gift guide for the creative

1 // Winston Glasses – $95.00

2 // The Kinfolk Table – $35.00

3 // Nelson Night Clock – $460.00

4 // JAMBOX by Jawbone = $149.99

5 // Cards Against Humanity – $25.00

6 // Captain’s Mistress Strategy Game – $68.00

7 // Pantone Notes: 20 Assorted Notecards & Envelopes – $14.95

8 // Alpaca Long Classic Cape – $195.00

9 // Woody iPhone 5 Hard Case – $40.00

10 // 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die By Robert Dimery – $36.95

11 // LE LABO Santal 26 Candle – $60.00

12 // The Original Flea: Saddle – $440

13 // Red Wing Shoes All Natural Boot Oil – $18.00

14// Fujifilm Instax MINI 7s White Instant Film Camera – $57.39

15 // Round Concrete Planter – $39.00

16 // Man Ray: Chess Set – $380.00

17 // Wood and Brass Finish Bar Cart – $129.99

18 // Faribault Lodge Throw – $139.00

19 // Black & White Number Signs – $10.00

vintage russian science magazine covers

With the amount or research and internet browsing that I do in a day, it’s becoming rare to find a collection of images that truly stands out. So, as a brief, off-schedule post, I thought I share this collection of inspiring vintage Russian magazine covers. I can only assume that these are for some sort of science magazine. Whatever they are from, I thought that they had a great mix of technique, design and content. I hope you like them too.

Cool vintage russian science illustrations

Cool vintage russian science illustrations

Cool vintage russian science illustrations

Cool vintage russian science illustrations

Cool vintage russian science illustrations

If you’d like to see more, here’s where I found them.
By: Chris Hoffman

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