In June 2015, MuirMcNeil were commissioned by WIRED to design the feature articles title page for the August 2015 issue. The initial brief was brief – to make a type-based image featuring the issue number – 23.08. The visual references provided by WIRED were MuirMcNeil’s Intersect poster and out-takes from the design process for our Visual Grammar poster.
The design evolved from a serendipitous discovery made when highlighting overlaid and offset layers of numerals set in MuirMcNeil Intersect. The final design is intended to support the subject of the main feature article on gene-editing with suggestions of DNA electrophoresis imagery. The single red bar at top right is a graphic device repeated on the editorial spreads which follow.