New York Times

Illustration & typography for The New York Times

In 2008 I was commissioned to create a typographic treatment for the College Edition of the New York Times Magazine. My work would go on to win a Type Directors award for typographic excellence.

Artwork & Award
Artwork & Award
Hand rendered lettering to match the whimsical nature of philosophy

The article discusses the unexpected rise in attendance for the philosophy program at Auburn University under the stewardship of Kelly Jolley. The brief called for a unique set of illustrations that would pair well with Jolley's interview.

All treatments are hand rendered on water resistant 160gsm matte stock. The lettering is drafted with a technical pencil, outlined in fine-liner and finally filled with Winsor & Newton Promarkers. The finished art-boards are then scanned and edited for production. This process lends itself particularly well when creating a tactile finish.

Article Spread
Article Spread
Type Director's Club award for outstanding excellence in typography

The early experiments kicked off a larger project that would eventually culminate in the completed typeface. The original piece and additional lettering would go onto be featured in major design publications and won several awards including the Type Director's Club award for outstanding excellence in typography.

Hand Rendered Lettering
Hand Rendered Lettering

You can read the original NYT article if you're interested in learning more or stick around and take a peek at some of my other work.

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I'm Simon, a multi-award winning product designer based in New York. During my career I've had the privilege of creating experiences for clients including the New York Times and Google. I've also helped guide teams at Facebook and startups like Highfive and WeTransfer.

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