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The New Vhcle Mag

So I have big news to announce. I have recently joined the Vhcle Magazine team! I have always admired the Vhcle vision and I wasn’t going to let this opportunity pass me by. During the process of hopping on board I also brought my friend, colleague, and fellow JetstreamProjector contributor Bruce Mai.

We were given the incredible opportunity with Issue 7 to break down and reconstruct the entire magazine to give it a new and refined look. What really helped us gain a true understanding of the essence of the magazine was doing research and analyzing the past issues with a critic’s eye. Right off the bat, some of the important changes we decided to make were to establish a new grid and to update the typography of the magazine while maintaining the sophistication and independent feel of previous issues.

Another important layer we wanted to introduce was storytelling. Photos can be arranged and cropped in a strategic manner in order to tell a story and we wanted to use this as a tool to engage readers at more than just a contextual level but to bring a level of nostalgia or story discovery aspect. This is not to say that every section of the mag has blatant stories. The photos and other visual elements were arranged in a way to tell simple stories of multiple interpretations and develop a mood using the rhythm. Disregarding the cookie-cutter technique each spread is unique on its own and works in harmony with the other spreads to create a magazine that is not only viewed but experienced.

The cover and spreads featured above are from Issue 7 which was released on September 11th. As from this point forward we will be bringing nothing but progress of the magazine to you. Vhcle Magazine is only available online but with our team stronger than ever we plan to be in print very soon. This is just the tip of the iceberg of the evolution of Vhcle.

Get on over to Vhcle.com to check out the full issue and drop a line because we love feedback.

Check out the Bruce’s previous post on the magazine here.

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Blase Stamp Design

Designed by Karl Oskar Blase, visually the design is really working for me: vertical typography, strong imagery of the child, and the silhouettes of industrial-like buildings framing the image with subtle overlap. The accent magenta is quite nice as well.

Via DavidMcFarlin’s Photostream.

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Inspiration ➡ Will Calcutt

I found out about the talented Will Calcutt through Ghostly International. He’s done some real solid work for the record label including artists/bands such as Choir of Young Believers, Matthew Dear, and School of Seven Bells just to name a few. What drew me in to his work was his ability to create a surreal environment for the people in his photos playing with depth and layering behind and sometimes in foreground. Truly inspirational!

Visit his site to see more work.

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Syntaks ➡ Blue Sunshine

I just found out about the Danish duo Syntaks today as I browsed Ghostly International. This beautifully hypnotic video is for the track Blue Sunshine off of their debut Ylajali. The colors, layering, imagery work so well with the video to create a gorgeous visual experience.

Here is the pairs approach to their music: a wash of color, fleeting glimpses of half-remembered imagery both heavenly and apocalyptic, and vertiginous shifts in scale superimposed over its creators’ faces. Syntaks’ Jakob Skott directed the clip, and his clear love of its subject matter (his musical collaborator and romantic partner, Anna Cecilia) is apparent throughout.


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International Year of Astronomy 09

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I was doing my daily search through Dropular this morning and I struck gold! I’ve never heard of Simon Page before but I have definitely seen some of his other work streaming the web. These posters went instantly in my desktop folder of inspiration. I am currently working on a Science Fiction Film Festival project and this is exactly the look and feel I am working towards at the moment. My next post will be my first initial concept poster.

Check out more of Simon Page’s work on Behance.

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