Editorial design and art direction for UK independent music magazine, Bearded. Founded by publisher and independent music guru, Gareth Main to support independent artists, regardless of their genre or background.
Freedom to experiment
Through the publishers unwavering trust, the freedom was afforded to take an experimental approach to the design and art direction of the magazine. An underlying grid system was designed to offer a platform for consistency and clarity whilst also allowing a playfulness and expressiveness. The idea underpinning the design direction was to try to visually embody the eclectic and unconventional nature of many of the featured artists. With each issue designed, the intention was for the content to be able to speak for itself, without the superficial styling of much of the mainstream music press.
Cover art on issues shown courtesy of Bob London (top of page), Paul Davis, Zeroten, David Shrigley (above).
Over the years of publication there have been far too many brilliant, eccentric and downright bizarre illustration contributions to name them all but here’s a handful of regular contributors: Kenn Goodall, David Callow, Holly Wales, Bob London, Paul Davis, Zeroten, Emily Robertson, Craig Atkinson, William Edmonds, Mr Bingo, Nous Vous, Aesthetic Apparatus, Luke Best, Jay Taylor, Jeffrey Lewis, Karin Hagen.