POST 14 – 1980’s – ‘The Face’ Neville Brody – Monique

Posted: June 24, 2012 by moniquemwilson in Uncategorized


Neville Brody (born 23 April 1957 in London) is an English graphic designer, typographer and art director.
From 1981 to 1986 Neville Brody was art director of the magazine The Face. Neville Brody created a specific typographic appearance that influenced and inspired magazine designers and graphic designers globally.

Neville Brody attracted greater public attention through his work on The Face, drawing freely for his visually exciting layouts and typography on avant-garde artistic ideas of the 1920s and 1930s such as those of De Stijl and Russian Constructivism. Far removed from contemporary editorial conventions Brody’s work had a studied informality in the thoughtfulness devoted to the construction of its layouts, with blocks of texts often placed horizontally or vertically on the page, their often distinctive layouts contrasting strikingly with hand-mediated imagery and photography. Such ideas exerted a significant international impact on the appearance of magazine, advertising, and retailing design.

The above is an article Neville Brody designed on Brian Eno for The Face magazine (1983). It’s a double page spread with opposite crosses on both pagesm however the cross on the left hand side frames the text, whereas the cross on the right hand side is there fore aesthetic purposes, I believe. The photograph is out of focus in the background signifying the ashtray prehaps highlighting their bad habit and sort of lifestyle or feel of the body text.

This is also an article from The Face magazine (1982) showcasing fashion sunglasses. I like the chosen layout of the pages with the information at the bottom but the models made significant.  The bottom is also well organised and clear with the title in the unusal place of the bottom left and further information clearly stated at the bottom right.

Above are some The Face covers designed by Neville Brody in the early 1980’s.



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