B-to-b jewelry title takes a page from New York magazine.
Issue: May 2008
Editor-in-Chief: Hedda T. Schupak
Publishing Company: Reed Business
Creative Director: Todd Gast
Each May, jewelry and watch industry magazine JCK puts out one of its most important issues of the yearāa gold-themed, pre-show issue to usher in the annual JCK Show Las Vegasāāone of the largest jewelry shows in the world,ā according to creative director Todd Gast.
In creating this yearās cover, the magazineās starting point was photography produced by IBGM, the jewelry and gemstone export council of Brazil. Gast pulled a contact sheet of digital images from the shoot and showed them to consultant JC Suares, with whom he had worked on the magazineās redesign and cover concepts. Suares suggested he research photographer Bert Stern, who recently reprised his legendary Marilyn Monroe photoshoot āLast Sittingā with actress Lindsay Lohan for New York magazine. Gast, who says he has ābeen trying to bring more movement and freshness to JCKās covers,ā was drawn to the rawness, freshness and movement in the frames of Monroe.
He decided that applying the contact sheet concept to this cover would help capture the modelās youthful spirit and exuberance, in āstark contrast to using a stagnant single image.ā But translating the concept into a cover that āsingsā took work. āAlthough old school in this digital age, I pushed the contact sheet idea and used a thick black border on each strip,ā he says. āBy cropping each image to create a hierarchy, separating each frame with white space and giving different widths to each frame, I put a personal touch on the finished product.ā
It also took more work in production. āThere were a lot of images to color correct and it took some time for imaging specialist Frank Romano to complete 12 images within our deadline, keeping color and quality even throughout.ā
āTo me the pictures say little about the actual content of the magazine and Iām unsure of the reasoning behind having all the photos. I donāt think all the small photos are making the impact that one great photo, or amazing typography, could. The colors are fresh (Iām a fan of grey instead of heavy black) and the layout is unique. However the layout is lacking the hierarchy that could really make it work.ā
Crystal Madrilejos | Art Director | Wise Group
āThese are great photos of a gorgeous womanābut one large photo of her would have made a much stronger cover and would have allowed the reader to see the gold jewelry she wears on her neck and ears. That visual is the key to making an instant connection to cover line, āTHE GOLD ISSUE.ā Overall, the cover feels generic and could be improved by modernizing the title. I would be interested in seeing the JCK set apart in a colorful box or in a banner, with one strong image.ā
Gail Ghezzi | Art Director | OnEarth Magazine
āI love the series of shots together. The simple gold color picked up from the blouse ties the logo in nicely. I also enjoy the headlines on top, very nicely woven together. This really feels consumer for a trade publication. Clean, simple and classy. Well done!ā
Steven Dixon | Group Art Director | Lebhar Friedmanās Retail Group
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