I spent a little bit of time on today’s design. This is a redo of the Bonsai Today Magazine cover. I chose the Logo that I created on the 22nd. If you go to that post you will see the original magazine cover. My main gripe with the cover design has always been the typeface chosen for the word Bonsai. Other than that the cover design is brilliant. It draws the readers focus to a masterpiece bonsai and gives some brief descriptions and a brief list of the items you can expect to find on the inside of the issue. I have kept true to the design strengths of the original in my layout below. The main alteration in my version is the inclusion of my Bonsai Today Logo as well as changes to the typesetting for the issue number and issue date. I also wanted to honor John Naka so I chose one of his creations, which is also perhaps my favorite bonsai of all time, “Goshin, protector of the spirit”. John Naka’s contributions to modern bonsai are many. The small photo to the bottom right of the tree is a photo of Naka with the tree in 1980. It’s also worth mentioning that the 11 trees in this composition symbolize Naka’s 11 grandchildren. Naka passed away in 2004. I was a big fan and this is a little tribute to him from me.
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