JazzTimes Earns Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Award Nomination

Feature design work for "Adam O'Farrill Does Not Play Latin Jazz" in the October 2018 issue recognized

The opening two-page spread to "Adam O'Farrill Does Not Play Latin Jazz," which earned a Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Award nod. (design: Eoin Laramee)
The opening two-page spread to “Adam O’Farrill Does Not Play Latin Jazz,” which earned a Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Award nod. (design: Eoin Laramee)

JazzTimes has earned a Folio: Eddie & Ozzie Awards nod for design work conveying the playful defiance of trumpeter and composer Adam O’Farrill.

Folio:—the publishing industry’s leading trade magazine—recognizes excellence in several areas, including writing, digital media, and design. Its awards are considered the most prestigious in publishing.

JazzTimes was nominated for Best Feature Design in the Consumer, Under 100,000 Circulation category for “Adam O’Farrill Does Not Play Latin Jazz.”

Appearing in the October 2018 issue, the feature—written by Natalie Weiner—opens with an image of boundary-pushing typeface overlaid against Marek Lazarski’s black-and-white photograph of O’Farrill (whose grandfather is famed bandleader Chico O’Farrill and whose father is pianist Arturo O’Farrill). The feature’s title references the young trumpeter’s outspokenness about musicians being pigeonholed by the label “Latin jazz.”

“I wanted to capture his music and his persona—it’s evocative yet friendly at the same time,” said JazzTimes’ Graphic Designer Eoin Laramee.

Inspired by O’Farrill’s music, Laramee eventually decided to hand-draw the type that introduces the piece.

“I felt that decision demonstrates how playful the music sounds,” he said.

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A graduate of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Laramee has been with JazzTimes and its parent company, Madavor Media, since April 2018. In addition to JazzTimes, he serves as Graphic Designer for Digital PhotoPro magazine. This is Laramee’s first Folio: award nomination.

Winners will be announced at the gala, set for October 30 at the Hilton Midtown in New York City.

Based in Braintree, Massachusetts, Madavor Media earned a total of two nominations in this year’s Feature Design category. In addition to the JazzTimes nod, another Madavor magazine, The Writer, was selected for design work for the feature “When Writing Gets Us In Trouble,” designed by Jaron Cote.  

In total, Madavor Media has 13 brands focused on lifestyle, music, health and wellness, photography, and aviation.

Matthew Bernat

Matthew Bernat is an associate editor at Boston-based Madavor Media, publisher of JazzTimes and many other titles catering to a diverse audience of passionate enthusiasts. He is a journalist with a decade of experience reporting in New England.