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Noma Bar has done it again !

Cover of Time Out London magazine

Cover of Time Out London magazine

Over the years, I have tried to familiarize myself with the different styles, techniques, and works of famous/professional graphic designers. Personally, one graphic artist I have come to admire is Noma Bar. I am always amazed at how successful his minimalistic vector illustrations are at conveying a powerful message. Yesterday, I stumbled upon a magazine cover he recently designed for Time Out London and was reminded of how much I appreciate his talent. In this design, Noma relies on the interaction between the iconic silhouette of “Big Ben” with the surrounding negative space to create a more provocative illustration of sex. I associate his work with the exhilarating experience of discovering the image within the image and I love how he cleverly illustrates such complex social topics with a hidden twist of humor. While ultimately this image was not used on the cover, it was featured on the inside of the magazine as an illustration for the main article. Do you think this would of been appropriate to use as a magazine cover ?


  1. nmonton001 wrote:

    Provocative is definitely the best way to describe this design. It is a good design, it is appropriate for what it is, but I don’t think it is appropriate as a magazine cover. I am not sure if Time Out London is a magazine that is specifically in London or sold in America as well, but speaking from an American point of view, this design is very controversial.

    Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Permalink
  2. i_like_cats wrote:

    Wow, this is awesome. I didn’t “get it” at first, but the image somehow made me uncomfortable…then I took a closer look and realized why. I think it is fine as a magazine cover. It is very provocative. Let’s face it, sex sells. It’s no worse than a Maxim cover, that’s for sure. Yes, it is pushing the boundaries, but it looks like a European magazine, and they aren’t nearly as puritanical as we are. I don’t think a midwester housewife would buy it, but I doubt that is their target audience anyway.

    Friday, February 15, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Permalink