If you’re an aspiring magazine designer, whether it’s photography, graphic design or art direction sparks your interest, chances are you’ve been influenced by the work of famous art director Fabien Baron if you’ve read the fashion glossies over the course of the past 20 years.
Considered a modern-day icon whose design aesthetic has influenced the high fashion publishing industry at large, Baron has designed for Italian and French Vogue, served as creative director of Harper’s Bazaar and is currently the editorial director of Interview magazine, in addition to running his own graphic design firm Baron & Baron working with leading brands like Calvin Klein.
The Business of Fashion recently interviewed Baron worth reading that includes Baron’s advice for young aspiring art directors.
“…You have to be ready to work really hard and not feel entitled and be willing to pay your dues. To build an image there are all these components which you have to master and understand how to solve the problem. Being an art director is not about doing good type. That’s being a graphic designer. To be an art director you have to have ideas, an understanding of all these layers and you have to have an extreme enthusiasm to pass along to the team and to make them feel light enough so they can execute,” says Baron to BofF.
Publication design is one of many exciting courses of study for those earning their Graphic Design degree at FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Click here to read more articles about inspiring magazine design.
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