April 9, 2012 edition of The New Yorker
hortly after graduating from college, I started subscribing to The New Yorker. It is certainly a writer’s magazine. But when it use images, they’re usually awesome. So it didn’t take long for me to start tearing into the pages and collages with the pictures used to illustrate stories and ads. A good number of these can be found here.
Now that I own a fancy-ass new iPad, and subscribe to the fancy-ass New Yorker on it, I can use the fancy-ass app Mixel to continue my collaging habit.
I always liked collaging by hand with clips from the magazine because it’s lo-fi and impressionistic. Unlike digital design, my options were limited to only a single copy of the images used in the print edition, glued down at the size they appeared. Mixel allows me to resize and flip and copy images, but it’s limited to crude cutouts (which prevents me from making the most of my masterful X-acto skills) and web resolutions, which gives it a nice, hand-done feel.
These aren’t exactly meant to be gorgeous, they’re just visual doodles and puns. But it’s been fun playing with them in much end same way I did as couple years ago, but in an entirely new medium.
April 16, 2012 edition of The New Yorker