After a prolonged sabbatical from the magazine world, creative director Neville Brody marks his return with the latest issue of Arena Homme+. Brody first came to prominence through his distinctive custom typography and innovative design for The Face and Arena in the eighties. At both publications he collaborated with seminal stylist Ray Petri, and appropriately for Brody's editorial comeback, the issue serves as a tribute to Petri's life and work with Buffalo (his creative family of friends). With a nod to the past he renews collaborations with photographers Jamie Morgan, Juergen Teller, Nick Knight, stylists Mitzi Lorenz and Simon Foxton, as well as featuring work from younger photographers like Alisdair Mclellan and Willy Vanderperre. The result is a bold and timeless issue, as Brody picks up the creative energy where he left off. It's refreshing to see that all the signature touches of his visual language are there, from the heavy custom headline typefaces to the more intricate graphic design for the text blocks. The magazine has a wonderful fluidity and he has no trouble delivering Petri's stylistic vision, past, present and future. Hopefully Brody's wry comment that doing the issue was "madness, a mistake" is tongue in cheek and this is not a one-off. The magazine world could certainly benefit from his vision, artistry and inspiration.
Arena Hommage: British Creative Director Neville Brody is Back
December 03, 2009