Seven Shades of Black Magazine


Blog Fixes

Took far less time than expected, list of fixes below :

  • Mobile Browsing Speed up approximately 10% - 20%
  • Desktop Browsing Speed up approximately 5%
  • The excess white space on the right of the webpage is gone
  • Like / Reblog / Follow buttons are back
  • Mysterious “Text” on top of text posts are gone
  • Sidebar is back
  • Reworked the About and Contact sections
  • Contact tab gives email and Ask Box options
  • Tabs and Permalinks open without going on a new tab
  • "Share this post" Java script removed

It’s been a good day.


Blog Update

Turns out that there have been a number of blog issues we’ve been unaware of so this weekend I’ll be looking inside ourselves to see what’s gone wrong.

Illustration by Brosmind

Site Optimisation & Operations

  • Homepage loading times have gone down
  • Sidebar will be back by the end of the weekend
  • Page to page loading will be faster
  • Yes I’m that old white man

Narciso Rodriguez

Mind numbingly beautiful designs by American fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez. Not only is it incredibly elegant and minimalistic, something which as you can tell we are rather fond of, but as a graphic designer it’s appealing in terms of shape. The geometric cut outs and tightly fitted silhouettes for instance, the flow of the outfits which compliments the female form.

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Richard Bravery

An incredibly british illustrator in the form of Richard Bravery ( hope that’s really your real name sir ) who specialises in book covers. I say typically British in a good sense of course and while I may be more fond at present with the French that doesn’t mean over here we don’t possess talent. I could give you a huge list of illustrators from London alone who are incredibly successful not only commercially but also artistically.

Very smooth vector work and three different approaches but all retaining a certain level and sophistication to his work, look elsewhere on his portfolio and you witness this. Beautiful colours might I add.

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Stephen Wiltshire

British artist Stephen Wiltshire has managed to draw the manhattan skyline from memory. These were drawn after a half hour helicopter trip over the city. 

Stephen Wiltshire was diagnosed with autism at the age of three and he has an unusually powerful photographic memory. He can look at the subject of his drawing once and reproduce it accurately with photographic detail, down to the exact number of columns or windows on a building.

Can’t believe this is still making the rounds! Out highest rated post by a mile!

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(via andithurtslikecatherine)


Blog optimisation

Starting to optimise the entire blog, from scratch. In other words I’m going to recode and reupload the 20,000 images we posted up on here since 2011. This should speed up loading times for everyone, especially if you’re on your phone it should be quite noticeable I hope. It will take a few weeks as you can imagine.

Illustration by Atelier Olschinsky.

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Feeling like Ali right about now.

We have a better SEO ranking on tumblr than the following, eat your heart out Vogue.

7sobm = 69.5% 
Vogue = 61.7%
Esquire = 54.5%
T Magazine = 63.6%
W Magazine = 59.3 %

Rebecca Storm

Nostalgic and raw, often to the point of voyeuristic, informality makes Rebecca Storm’s photography.Her portfolio of point and shoot portraits (with plenty of film grain to spare) make for images which feel more genuine than an airbrush-standard digital snap. Storm’s photography seems to revive the spirit of the disposable camera, informal documentation at it’s best. Prolific in both portraiture and still life, Storm’s compositions of everyday objects are at times unsettling; engineered to make you feel uncomfortable. These compositions still manage to retain the spirit of spontaneity common through the rest of her work, conveying the unnatural in a very natural way.

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Antoine Rose

That’s one heck of a view from up top in a helicopter over one of the beaches in Miami. I’m a total sucker for aerial views if you’ve yet to notice and this is as good as any other that we’ve posted.

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DJ Mehdi - Breakaway (DJ Mehdi Remix )

I think the most tragic thing about the loss of a favourite musician is that lingering questions of what they were working on before they passed away. What would they have made in the future…. This ones all the way back from 2002, so under rated glad I just bought the album.

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Stylistically completely unique, I don’t think many people can claim to be in possession of a like for like style, less so when you think specifically with street artists. Each line looks like a piece of steel bent to shape, disintegrating as it flys across the building.

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Billy Monk

Billy Monk was not only a photographer, but also a bouncer at Cape Town. His exact age was never known, but his photographs were taken in the 1960s. Monk had a reputation for being many different things. He was not too well known through his life, but rather his legacy lived on through his photography. The people in his photos are primarily caucasian. His photos showed the unknown nightlife that went on during the apartheid years that happened in South Africa. Monk’s work was notorious for being provocative with nudity and suggestive content.

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Thomas Ruff

These photos go in a particular direction with the pixelated aspect. It does not fit everyone’s taste, in fact it may even put some at unease. The work of Thomas Ruff depicts the images at an alienated manner. In fact, some may say that his work is heartless. Yet there is still a certain beauty perceived. Ruff’s photo are not simply for viewing pleasure, there is also the thinking component that will make it more appreciated. His work is more dramatized compared to typical still life photography. One thing that many people agree on Ruff’s pixelated photos is that it they cannot agree on what it means. As previously mentioned, this type of work requires the thinking aspect. That being said, it is controversial material that provokes people to ponder.

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Ed Spence

I was a tad gazumped when I first came across Ed’s work by both the method “holy crap that must have taken forever” mixed in with “holy crap that’s pretty”. I’d like to give him some more intricate words but sometimes a brash summery does the job better.

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