June 26, 2009
Behind the June Cover
Our creative director talks about this month’s cover illustration.
The final June cover (left) and an alternate version. Illustration: Aesthetic Apparatus
“It took the editors around here a couple of tries to get used to saying their name without giggling,” says Metropolis’s creative director, Criswell Lappin, of Aesthetic Apparatus, the Minneapolis-based ﬁrm that illustrated this month’s cover. “By then we had found one of their concepts particularly compelling: the idea that the future of green building (in this case, the new headquarters of the U.S. Green Building Council, in Washington, D.C.) would involve utilizing existing structures. We just needed to determine whether it should be type- or image-driven. After Michael Byzewski put in a tad more quality time, we went with this image—a generic-looking concrete structure—but not before pumping up the type a bit.”