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02 Aug 14 3PM
GQ
Chicago

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Chi-Town bar guide, an all-you-can-drink experience.

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BK Baddest

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Was Louis Scarcella a crooked cop? YOU decide.

Inspiration from our favorite local paper.

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GQ Style

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GQ Biannual Style Magazine: What to Wear Now, Spring & Summer 2014

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GQ Men

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GQ photography portfolio in association with Assouline.

Here is a link to the book

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2014 Comedy

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Louie, Louie, Louie, Louie

Illos by Sam Taylor

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Jan Fashion

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Fashion section for January 2013 issue. Stickers galore.

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Weiner

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It took some restraint not to make this a total sideshow.

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Drone

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Drone pilot screens look just like the Mac I had as a kid.

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Wiggins

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Basketball prodigy getting the fan treatment.

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Lizzy

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Lizzy Caplan. Custom headline. Can't say much more about it.

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Swear Jar

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Jay Kirk bought a poisonous centipede to get him to stop cursing. To each his own.

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Coronado

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The largest, most organized drug smuggling racket the world has ever seen was started by a bunch of high school students and their Spanish teacher. Impressive, to say the least.

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Combat Women

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Detailing the stories of female U.S. soldiers and personnel.

New York City dirt.

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BNR13

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GQ's Best New Restaurants of 2013 by Alan Richman. Inspired by a 1920's Art Deco rail car menu.

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Leading Man

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Channing Tatum with Kung Fu Grip!

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Burning Man

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Sam Brown is a veteran of the war in Afghanistan who came home after he was severely burned. With the help of a special computer game, his otherwise painful recovery was made significantly bearable.

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Superheroes

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Chronicling the adventures of Phoenix Jones and his fellow real life crime fighters.

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Ice Cream

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Alan Richman, food critic extraordinaire, maps out the best ice cream to be had in the entire universe. No joke. It's a must read.

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BNMD 2012

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Poster for GQ x Gap Best New Menswear Designers in America 2012

Inspired by Globe Posters in Baltimore, using Globe Gothic by Colin M. Ford

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Eating

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An expose on the wild and wacky sport of competitive eating...

FYI: it's supposed to look super tacky.

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Parting Shot

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A few pages I've done for the back of GQ Mag.

Ikea was enthusiastically drawn by myself.

I was very fortunate to work with Mark Todd on one of these.

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Bunny Wailer

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Custom type inspired by Bunny Wailer, the father of reggae music, and his Rastafarian roots

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Norway

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Chronicling the tragic events that took hold of Norway at the hands of one delusional lunatic.

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Himbos

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Infographic depicting the rise of the 'Himbo' (male bimbo) in popular culture.

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Bball 2012

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Dissecting the 2012 Baseball season.

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Manual

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Samples of work done for the GQ Manual section

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Fashion 1

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October 2011 GQ fashion section

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Killer

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All you need to know is this: never, ever hitch hike. Ever.

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Kush

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Chronicles one man's journey through Amsterdam's pot empire.

Display type by yours truly.

Painting by Zohar Lazar

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Class

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Exposing the burgeoning gap between the different socio-economic classes in America.

For the July 2012 America Issue.

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Mark Sanchez

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Quarterback of the Jets, one of our own.
Custom type based on common urban subway tiling.

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Wes Snipes

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This was the first tax form Wesley Snipes had seen in a while.

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Illo
Illo

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Editorial Illustrations. 2010-14

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Icon

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Icons. 2010-14

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Digital
iPad Icons

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Icon suite for the GQ digital versions

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Design
Logos

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Various logos from 2010-2014

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Rusty Truck

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Album cover & booklet for Mark Seliger's band Rusty Truck

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Flatland3D

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Reappropriation of Edwin A. Abbott's Flatland that uses stereo anaglyphs to hide and encrypt certain parts of the text.

Completed at MICA

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Comp Dept

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Complaint Department is a kit of materials that facilitate passive aggressive complaining. Instead of confronting someone, why not just use a witty sticker to let everyone know your grievances?

Completed at MICA

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Arrested

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Law enforcement agencies across the country are having unprecedented contact with immigrants as victims, witnesses, suspects and potential recruits.

The Arrested program was created to bridge the language barrier between these immigrant communities and the police through educating people of their rights under the law.

Completed at MICA

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NYVC

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Working for Local Projects, I was able to contribute to several parts of the new Official NYC Information Center, including interactive design, icons and interior.

Completed at Local Projects

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Grimm

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The Brothers Grimm are the best known authors of children's folklore to have ever set quill to paper. Their stories are highly regarded for having underlying morals carried out in strange and imaginative ways.

Rebranding this age old franchise to appeal to both children and adults called for a complete identity package, including a new mark.

The title of each book serves to explain the underlying moral of the story contained within it. This demystifies each story and allows for further reflection past what is on the surface.

Completed at MICA

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Holly

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Working with Ken Barber and Ben Kiel of House Industries, I completed Holly, a modular display typeface that uses four geometric parts.

The influence for Holly's design comes straight from the turn of the 20th century, a period characterized by silent film and Art Nouveau.

Monocles, vines, geometry and playful symmetry also played a significant role in Holly's form.

Completed at MICA

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Hail Frida

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Hail Frida T shirt for Worship Worthy x Rockers NYC.

The t shirt has been featured in Complex magazine, and several web blogs. Purchase the shirt here!

Completed for Worship Worthy and Rockers NYC

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RockersNYC

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T shirt work for Rockers NYC

Completed for Rockers NYC

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About
me


Hey, alright! This is the website of Benjamin Barend Bours. Hence the repetitive b's in the url. It all makes sense!

I'm currently a Senior Designer at GQ Magazine, among other things less impressive.

Stay in touch:
bbours@gmail.com.

This website was designed and programmed with Colin M. Ford. Thank you so much, Colin.

It uses Indexhibit and JQuery.

Thanks for stopping by!

accolades


AIGA:
Exhibited in: Century: 100 Years of Type in Design, 2014

SPD:
Merit Awards for print & digital, 2014
Magazine of the Year, Pub 48 2013
Gold Medal, Pub 48 2013
Magazine of the Year, Pub 46 2011
Gold Medal, Pub 46 2011

Graphis:
Design Annual 2015
Design Annual 2014 (Burning Man, Conehead, Can't Puke, Leading Man, Perfect Night)
Design Annual 2013 (Galafianakis, Good Seed, Sanchez)
Design Annual 2012 (Ovechkin)

ASME:
ASME awarded to GQ for Design, under Fred Woodward, 2012
ASME awarded to GQ for Design, under Fred Woodward, 2011

Type Directors Club:
TDC58 Annual, 2012

Communication Arts:
CA53: Design Annual, 2012
CA52: Design Annual, 2011
CA Typography Annual 1, 2011
CA Interactive Annual 15: Information Design, 2009

Print:
Regional Design Annual: Best American Design, 2012