I’ve been complaining for awhile that when searching for thoughtful, relevant typographic-illustration work I’ve constantly returned to The New York Times opinion editorial page and not gotten much further. Typographically speaking, unless you want a bicycle that spells your name, or some other such decoration, thought-provoking type-illustration is hard to come by… and then I’m proved wrong.
Bloomberg.com/view, started in May of this year, is a rich opinion and editorial website from Bloomberg.com*. Everyday the site is updated with an amazingly simple, deft image that gets you more excited about reading than, well, headlines. Each illustration tackles a pretty complex subject and they’re rewarding to take in (full disclosure, I’ve done a few illustrations for Bloomberg.com/view and its no picnic, one was on Al-Qaeda and the other on Congressional Supercommittees.)
I asked art director, Gary Fogelson a few questions about how this came about while showing a few examples of Bloomberg.com/view’s editorial art:
What’s up with the blue?
Lots of publications that offer exposure and editorial content have trouble compensating their illustrators fairly, how do you approach this?
We have a very fair daily art budget to work with which is a testament to Bloomberg’s understanding of the value that art adds to the content they publish. I think that’s clear with what’s happening over at Businessweek where they are doing unbelievable work.
In a recent Eye magazine interview with Bloomberg Businessweek’s Richard Turley he mentions the fact that designers and editors sit side-by-side, is this true in your case? How closely do you work with authors, editors?