We have a winner

The results of the first annual Ink London Creative Awards are in for the best cover category.

An impressive total of 113 Ink employees voted for their three favourite covers. I awarded three points for everybody’s 1st favourite, two points for their 2nd and one point for their 3rd. That’s a total of 678 points awarded in all. Here are the top five:


1. Metropolitan 158 pts
2. n by Norwegian  136 pts
3. EasyJet Traveller  79 pts
4. Gulf Life  70 pts
5. PrivatAir  45 pts

Just bubbling under where Wizz (35pts), bSpirit (28pts) and JetAway (25pts). But Metropolitan and Norwegian were the overwhelming favourites, between them scooping up not far off half of all votes cast. Over two thirds of everybody who voted, included Metropolitan as one of their three choices.

Congratulations to the Metropolitan team of Chris Deacon (art director), Marie-Noëlle Bauer (editor) and Elizabeth Winding (deputy editor) – also to Christos Hannides, currently art directing Hemispheres in New York, but who had the original idea for the cover.

Expect to see a lot more glittery lips on Ink covers in the future. (Posted by AndrewH)

Hey, big nose!


In advance of the announcement of the winner of Ink London’s best cover of the last 12 months (see previous post), here’s a contender for next year’s awards, the very fleshy cover of the July issue of n by Norwegian. It links to a story on Grasse, the world centre of perfume – although these days its laboratories are as likely to be producing scents for Proctor & Gamble or Nestlé as Chanel. Also in this issue, an excellent essay on the search for solitude in travel by self-proclaimed specialist in boredom Kevin Rushby (it starts, he says, with turning off your mobile phone); plus eating insects, the New York Nordic food matrix, wildlife spotting at Chernobyl and Norway’s pizza addiction. You can now read all of n by Norwegian online by visiting the airline’s website and following the link. (Posted by AndrewH)

Ink London Creative Awards: Best Cover

Here at Ink London we’re hosting our inaugural annual Creative Awards. One of the two categories is “best cover”. We have 15 magazines up for consideration and each team has been asked to select its favourite cover produced for that title over the last 12 months (July 2012 to June 2013). The nominations are below and the results of our internal voting will be posted first week of July.

APEX, February 2013

bSpirit, Jan-Feb 2013, relaunch issue

bthere, August 2012

easyJet Traveller, December 2012, the knitted cover

Germanwings, 2013, April-May-June 2013

Gulf Life, December 2012, the Paris paper-cut hat

J Magazine, April-May 2013, the ‘you rang m’lord’ issue

Jetaway_Keith Lemon
JetAway, July-August 2012, the big lemon issue

Let’s Go with Ryanair, June 2013, the hot 25 issue

Metropolitan, April 2013, the sexy lips issue

N by Norwegian, April 2013, the Scream in a bed issue

Privatair, Winter 2012, the Six Feet Under issue

Thomas Cook Travel, summer 2013, the ice lolly issue

Voyager, August 2012, the Paul Merton issue

Wizz, April-May 2013, the Warsaw burger issue

Posted by AndrewH

Ask a freelancer: Paolo Lim

Last week I posted about illustrator Paolo Lim winning an award for a set of portraits he’d done for Ink’s Fah Thai magazine. Paolo’s an Ink regular who has in the past contributed not just to Fah Thai, but also Scoot, Thomas Cook Travel and Cruise, bSpirit and bThere. I thought I’d follow up by asking Paolo a few questions in the first of what I hope will be a regular madewithink Q&A spot.

Originally from Manila, Paolo now lives and works in Adelaide, South Australia. You can check out more of his work here.

What was your first paid commission?
I can’t remember the very first, but shortly after college I joined a group of artists and illustrators in the Philippines called Ang InK, which is dedicated to children’s illustration. From connections I made there, I got to do a number of illustrations for Junior Inquirer, a weekly supplement in the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper, which features stories and poetry for or by kids.

Who or what have been your main inspirations?
Music is definitely a huge inspiration, but also books, movies, TV, other people’s work on the internet and in real life; the city, getting out of the city… Childhood has also always been a big thing for me. I owe a lot to the kind of pictures and design I was exposed to as a kid. I loved (and still love) looking at picture books, maps, exploded diagrams, encyclopaedias… There’s a certain nostalgia that inspires my work, of trying to hold on to that time. As cliched as it sounds, now that I have a child of my own, seeing things through him has definitely changed how I look at what I do.

If you weren’t doing what you do right now, what would you be doing?
I love making music and playing the drums – though some might argue that those are unrelated things. Except I have fewer delusions about my musical abilities (or inabilities) than my artistic ones.

What’s been your favourite commission?
I love creating artwork for friends’ bands back home in the Philippines. I was in a band for a few years and made a lot of good friends on the local scene, so being able to continue to contribute to it even though I’ve now moved away is a big deal for me.

What’s your dream commission?
I don’t really have any specific dreams but I would love to work on more music-related projects. To be part of an in-house team creating all the artwork for a great record company, like Reid Miles did for Blue Note records in the 1950s and 60s, that would be amazing.

What would your advice be to anyone who wants to become a freelance illustrator?
One of the biggest things I’ve struggled with and am having to learn the hard way, is that you can’t sit around waiting for big ideas to happen. There’s a Picasso quote that says it best: “Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working”.



TOP TO BOTTOM: Time Warp for Gourmet Traveller WINE; cover for Scoot magazine by Ink; illustration for Adelaide magazine; cover for Fah Thai by Ink; LA map for Condé Nast Traveller; illustration for Real Living; art for ‘The First Album’ by Corporate Lo-Fi; art for the debut album ‘We Specialise in Cages’ by Helen; illustration for Gourmet Traveller WINE. (Posted by AndrewH)

Portraits win prizes


Congratulations to illustrator Paolo Lim, Ink art director Terence Goh and the team at Fah Thai for winning the Gold Award in the Best Use of Illustration Category in the Asian Publishing Awards, the results of which were announced yesterday. For Terrence’s madewithink post on the feature click here.