Launched on Friday, Port Magazine’s 10th anniversary covers have got designers and print readers especially excited. Designed by Pentagram’s Matt Willey – also the publication’s co-founder, Port’s 28th issue sees a completely new identity and creative direction adorn the cover.
With a wide 3 column grid on the cover within which the image sits across 2, the publication’s identity has been re-envisioned for this issue. The bold typeface reading ‘Port’ spreads itself across the outer margin of the cover, allowing the “O” to act as a zero with the addition of “1” before the “R”. A subtle but not so subtle nod to the anniversary edition, a considered addition by the Pentagram designer. A triumph in both type treatment and photography, this issue sees a range of talent shot exclusively for Port. Talent such as Matt Smith, Akala, Katherine Waterston, Malachi Kirby and Caleb Landry Jones all have their own respective covers, each with a different combination of coloured blocks behind the Port name.
Port is no stranger to strong art direction across both typography, photography and layout across their huge breadth of work, but issue 28 clearly stands on its own as a commemorative piece for the celebration. Released one-by-one on social media and online shop (at time of writing Waterston’s cover hasn’t been made available yet), it’s a pensive wait to discover the final covers. The timed release has allowed us, the audience, to soak in the individualism between the covers; seeing each one as a fresh piece of art never seen before. It doesn’t get much better than this for style, fashion, design and print enthusiasts – which one will you pick?
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