Things are a lot heavier these days than they were back in 1999, that's for sure. Oh the 90's! Young upstarts with technical prowess were making money in the internet frenzy. Clients with generous budgets were there for the picking, and quite a few of them needed illos or flash animations for their new websites. When I wasn't working I was traveling and my aspirational lifestyle bible was Wallpaper Magazine. Cue the trip-hop and acid jazz soundtrack...
And the big news this time 8 years ago was all the concern over just how nasty the lurking Y2K bug would turn out to be. Wallpaper captured the feeling in it's cheeky, James Bond jet-setter style with this cover image:
The feature article contained lots of great tips on the well-dressed bunker, including the suggestion to stock up on champagne, cigars, gold bars and keep a manual typewriter on hand, not to mention the crossbow.
These days Wallpaper is a little too serious for me, but I cherish the stack of issues from the time when it was more fabulous fun. Parties with underwear models strewn about, holiday recipes for reindeer cutlets and port infused cranberry jelly. Some of the uber-hip illustrators whose work appeared regularly and became a source of inspiration for me were: Jordi Labanda, John Pirman, Bo Lundberg, and Liselotte Watkins. Of course I'm biased, but without the illustration the magazine is looking pretty sedate and well, sober - it's not 1999 anymore.
It's time to lay in that supply of champagne.