I love reading Monocle magazine because it is an endless source of inspiration. You can discover an amazing amount of new things, places, shops, trends, and at the same time learn about the political situation of poor countries, today’s military strategies or the state of the industry in Japan. They are extremely cool: in order to improve your life you should buy your own island, get a Berkel prosciutto slicer (I didn’t know what that was before reading the August issue), have a bathing pavilion, and a yacht. But they always play with irony, for example, they recommend you a journey with a map, as it’s the best way to get lost. I love when magazines have a sense of humor.
I always buy the magazine at the airport and read it with calm, then I re-read it after a few days. I keep the old issues because they are great travel guides. They avoid touristic places and give you tips about the most secret places of the cities. The photos are impeccable and they have that classic and polished style that I admit I love. Plus, the art direction is perfection.
One of the best things about the magazine are the illustrations. They always hire the coolest illustrators and they add that artistic and unique touch to their pages. Even though the illustrators have different styles, they all have in common a vintage and colourful air in their drawings. The works are not realistic, they are closer to cartoons, like Hanna-Barbera’s animations (The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, Wacky Races), and Jean-Jacques Sempé’s book illustrations.
Let’s see who belongs to the Monocle’s A-Team of illustrators:
Satoshi is one of my favourites. He was born in 1971, studied Photographic Research at Kuwasawa Design and works as a freelance for several magazines, has illustrated books and done advertising. His work reminds me of Sempé’s drawings (he illustrated “Le Petit Nicolas” stories), another of my favourite illustrators. Satoshi has a great use of colour, and his characters have an air of fun and honesty, maybe a little innocent. He has made a world map drawing the countries’ characteristics, and the scheme of the Perfect Serviced Hotel is just awesome.
He lives in the United Kingdom and collaborates with lots of magazines and newspapers, like The New York Times, the New Yorker, WIRED, The Wall Street Journal… He uses brush and ink, and his work usually contains critics about political or economical situations. You can follow his Tumblr to be updated of his latest creations.
He uses digital techniques to create these simple and funny illustrations. If you wanna see more of his work (here), I recommend it, it is so cool.
Check his work here.
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