I Forgot How Amazing NewType Magazine Was – I Forgot The Power of Illustration

I was cleaning out my garage the other day and found a giant box of old comic books and NewType magazines, from back in the college days and it hit me like a ton of bricks.  After coming back from AdobeMAX in L.A. I’ve been thinking a lot about my own creativity: the things I like to draw, the things I like to design, typography, user interface, illustration… all those things I used to live and breathe so much before the era of coding took over.  Not to say that the era of coding wasn’t great and I’m not saying that I haven’t done illustration, design and typography… but that I think when you’ve been coding for 2 decades there is something about the honesty of a pencil or the beautiful cold razor blade feeling you get when looking at Typography really really big black on white that you miss out on if you are not doing it on a regular basis.
The act of drawing and type setting on paper and thinking like an Illustrator unfolds and unlocks the way you look at reality.  Things become bigger, brighter… more poetic… and exaggerated.  You see hands as these magical devices that need to be studied, and eyes… like the ancient Babylonians once thought become gateways to the human soul…
why not put wings on a person and make them hold a sword that in the normal world weighs as much as an elephant…
it’s there…
In the princess riding a flying dragon crowned in emerald green crystals soaring over a volcano…
it’s there…
Burning white hot and wrapped on a metallic robot with the graffiti of a world war II fighter jet being piloted by hot woman wearing yellow targeting glasses and a red business tie and mini skirt…
it’s there…
In an old man holding a samurai sword standing in the middle of a swarm of zombies in downtown New York city gesturing magic chain-lighting down from the sky…
Just pick up a pencil… and draw it into existence.
So in the spirit of drawing and illustration and design and typography I pass along a piece of greatness, if you have never heard of NewType, now you have… and you’ll never be the same.  Dude the typography in this magazine is from another planet, the illustration and the shadows, and the figures, and the colors are pure inspiration.