US Open Issue
The 2017 US Open wraps up this weekend. On court, there have been the usual nail-biting wins and shock upsets. But FFF’s event highlight happened off court. Of course we’re referring to the New York Times Magazine’s annual US Open special issue.
Sure, cover star Roger Federer was knocked out in the quarter finals, but the issue is an ace nonetheless. Design director Gail Bichler talks us through it.
“For the past seven years, we’ve published either a tennis-themed package or full issue on the Sunday the US Open starts. The design of this year’s issue alludes to the lines on the court. Deb Bishop, the lead designer, used A-2 TYPE’s Beckett as the display type. The headlines are set in all caps, with an occasional lowercase letter thrown in to add quirkiness, and are arranged to suggest motion and energy.”
“The cover story is about Roger Federer. It discusses the reasons for his continued success at 36, well past when champions usually win their final majors. We commissioned Erik Madigan Heck to make colourful, dynamic images of Federer.”
“Dina Litovsky photographed Gaël Mofils for a story on the shot-making wizard, who, for all his talent, hasn’t been able to win the biggest tournaments. The opener is a humorous moment that plays off Monfils’s charismatic and lighthearted persona.”
“We wanted the illustrations for the issue to be poppy and bright to work with the tennis-court-inspired colour scheme. Renaud Vigourt illustrated a story about the dominance of tall players in tennis. The fluidity of his drawings and the stylised nature of his work lent itself to making a powerful-looking oversized player. A piece on the pleasures and pitfalls of attending an entire Grand Slam tournament is illustrated by Nathan Fox. Because this story was so much about what it’s like to be at Wimbledon, Fox’s illustrations are from the vantage point of a spectator and are focused on capturing the atmosphere and the crowds.”