i am a self-professed tokion addict. since day one, i’ve been a loyal fan, follower and devotee, drawn in by its devotion to phenomenally creative layout design. while such a commitment to aesthetic can easily create a case of all sizzle and no steak- tokion manages to rise above the fray and publish one of the most beautiful magazines out there- with truly great content to match. heavy on both style and substance, it knows no equal in my book. and behind all of this creativity is deanne cheuk, art director extraordinaire.
few publications show such a passion for layout design and i have ms. cheuk to thank for tokion’s untouchable graphic prowess. the magnitude of deanne’s talent and work ethic cannot be overestimated- if you haven’t seen the current (oct 04) issue of tokion, go grab one right now- her work speaks for itself. inside this month’s issue she has painstakingly laid out each article’s title in string. yes, string (my scanner is refusing to perform today, so i will post pictures of the string titles as soon as humanly possible). this sort of dedication to unique ideas is something that makes ms. cheuk’s work stand out as a cut above the rest. along with contributing artists like misty keasler, nancy barr and kate orne, ms. cheuk provides tokion with the consistent visual punch that allow it to exist unsurpassed in its field.
ms. cheuk was nice enough to take time out of her very busy schedule (she also publishes her own magazine, MU, which is equally gorgeous) to speak with me about her work at tokion (and her opinion of the design scene in general). here are some highlights. enjoy::
design*sponge:: what do you think tokion brings to the magazine world that was missing from it before?