Artistic score turns 40!


Creative Review is officially middle-aged. While for people the 40th year of age no longer has the strength it once had, it is undoubtedly still a significant age that sometimes feels difficult to really celebrate.

For a magazine, however, especially in the turbulent media environment we're in, it feels like something wonderful to make it into our fifth decade. It also gives us the opportunity to reflect on the massive changes in the creative industry over the past 40 years and to look back on CR's journey, which is the subject of the latest issue of the magazine.

It includes an interview with five editors of the magazine from past and present who talk about how the publication has developed from production with a typewriter to print, social, web and podcasts.

Without a list, the problem would not be complete, and we have a funny one that looks back at 40 important moments since 1980 that have shaped our culture today. Be prepared to disagree with our decisions! We also speak to some alumni of our nearly 30-year Creative Futures program and ask them to look back on their own career trips.

However, it's not just about the past – we interviewed four employees today who, in our opinion, shape the future of creativity. These include the musician FKA Twigs, the designer Annie Atkins, the photographer and filmmaker Tyler Mitchell and the artist Jeremy Deller.

We were also lucky that Atkins, whose work for films – including Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel – had a tremendous impact on graphic designers, designed our cover for this issue.

Atkins says of her inspiration for the cover: “From 1980 onwards, I wanted to create a selection of packaging in the style of the contents of a desk drawer. I chose a selection of props, including camera film, map pens and pencils, an eraser, tape, lighter fluid, Letraset, matches, scalpel blades … all the little things we've all used over the years.

"I say 'props' because my daily practice is in graphic design for filmmaking, but designing this cover was a different fish kettle for me. On a normal day, I would create super-realistic historical documents, but this seemed like a chance to have fun and maybe do something more retro than time.

“I was born in 1980,” she continues, “and I have pink glasses in this decade that show off many basic colors and rainbow stripes, so I decided to go for them. I think it only looks like the contents of a desk drawer when all the content for a birthday party on the subject of the 80s has come together. "

Sketches showing Atkins' process for cover design