This is a redesign of the Rolling Stone's original magazine spread "Ted Cruz's Punk Rock Problem", which goes over the Texas congressman and former bassist Beto O'Rourke's race for Texas senate. The original spread design felt empty and very simple compared to its actual content which talked about Beto's race, and him being a part of a 90s punk-rock band called Foss as a bassist. I wanted to take this interesting headline, and turn it into something both eye-catching and directly related to the 90s theme that is mentioned in the article.
I first took inspiration from punk zines made in the 90s, which all incoprorated heavy colors, dark, thick strokes, and a hand-made aesthetic. I wanted to emulate this aesthetic myself while redesigning the spread, so I opted for physically cutting out letters, taping them, and scanning them back into my computer in order to get textures and shadows I wouldn't be able to create digitally.
My second inspiration was from the Sex Pistol's "Nevermind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols" album cover, famous in its time for its colors and typography. With these two motivators in mind, my magazine spread was designed.
The original Rolling Stone's spread I took inspiration from. I redesigned the headline plus an intro paragraph into a new spread.
The punk rock typography was created from my own handwriting. I elongated and exaggerated the forms of the letters in order to get a rough, fast, and "punk" feel to the type. I then scanned it in, and colored it in photoshop.