The Year In Ideas 2010

The Year In Ideas 2010 Sunday brings another big bold cover package with online must-see extras from The New York Times Magazine, their 2010 Year In Ideas issue. Design Director Arem Duplessis gives us some backstory:
2010 marked the 10th Year Anniversary of the "Year In Ideas" issue so we decided to celebrate. For the cover our mandate was to do a Q.R. or "quick response" code so we commissioned Karim Charlebois-Zariffa to come up with an innovative way of representing the code.

We settled on balloons as an image. The idea is simple, the reader holds their smartphone up to the cover, snaps a picture which in turn leads to a series of commissioned animations by ManvsMachine, Studio AKA, Buck, Grandchildren, Michael Bierut and Christina Nizar of Pentagram. We also rethought the design of our web page and created a special type driven grid of clickable words that lead the viewer to an explanation of each featured idea. Enjoy!

Watch the behind-the-scenes video of the making-of the 10th Anniversary Year In Ideas cover here.

See animations of:
Emotional Spell-Check
The Armored T-Shirt
Turbine-Free Wind Power 

The creative team on this project included:
Design Director: Arem Duplessis
Art Director: Gail Bichler
Deputy Art Director: Leo Jung
Designers: Caleb Bennett, Sara Cwynar
Producer: Miki Meek
Online Designer: John Niedermeyer
Design Technologist: Lacy Garrison

Hey! You've probably got some NEW WORK to share, and we want to see it! We'll welcome anything that's gone to the printer recently, something you're especially proud of and think might be inspiring to the membership and readers of Grids. We'll note the credits and the publication and shine a little light on the latest and greatest in publication design. 

Please reduce your layouts to no larger than 1200 pixels wide and don't forget to include all relevant credits and a little background (if you feel like). Send your submissions to and we'll post them as we get them.


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