All posts tagged magazine design

One-year redesign checkup: healthy covers for a healthcare magazine

Occasionally I like to check in on my redesign clients to see how design elements and strategies for change have been adopted. Modern Healthcare magazine, which I redesigned in November 2013, just passed its one-year anniversary. One of the chief directives from Publisher Fawn Lopez: “Ron, we have got to do something about these covers.” […]




Grid, Week 2: Inside view from the publisher, plus new pages

Publisher: “We’re going like hell and trying to do something great – there are no rules here.” It’s always great to see a client move into the second week and beyond after a new launch, and not see any evidence of working out the kinks. Thus is the case with this batch of pages from […]




Meet ‘Grid,’ a Chicago business mag with a focus on careers, networks

When asked by Chicago Sun-Times Media Group late last year to help with the creation of a new weekly business supplement, I was a bit skeptical. Nice to have the work, but hadn’t the paper been cutting back on business coverage (and staff)? And with the Crain’s flagship business weekly in town, the Trib down […]




Reader’s cover this week:
‘Type attack’ to the rescue

Love, love, LOVE this week’s cover design from former client Chicago Reader. Great example of a “type attack” conveying a kick-ass point better than a mug shot or some corny illustration with dollars being stuff into a back pocket. Kudos, as always, to art director Paul Higgins, Editor Mara Shalhoup and staff. Chicago’s professional watchdog […]




An illustrated trip through time
with The Chicagoan magazine covers

Windy City publisher J.C. Gabel this month revived “The Chicagoan” magazine, which originally was launched in 1926 and lasted 9 years. Their covers were illustrative, alluring, and dynamic – I’ve posted a few of my favorites from that period over at my Facebook page. Make sure to “LIKE” the page and you’ll be alerted to informative, […]




Updated, expanded:
Magazine design, redesign resources

Seeking inspiration for magazine design and editing? Check out this updated and expanded collection of magazine covers, prototypes, and inside pages (not sexy, but oh so important), with links to associated case studies and blog posts. And check out more than 2 dozen blog entries related to magazine and tabloid design and editing.




‘Only got a mugshot?’ Fear not!
Impactful designs are possible

CONTEST ALERT! SEND IN YOUR BEST “ONLY GOT A MUGSHOT” COVER AND WIN A BEAUTIFUL HARDCOVER COPY OF THE INSPIRATIONAL PHAIDON BOOK, “A SMILE IN THE MIND: WITTY THINKING IN GRAPHIC DESIGN.” (DETAILS BELOW) Two things got me thinking again this week about creating impactful designs when you’ve “only got a mugshot”: A plethora of […]




Chicago Reader redesign:
A new music section to flip for

[Prototypes for covers of B Side: Chicago’s Music Magazine, the new music section of the Reader. Click to enlarge] Welcome to “READER Week,” a series of posts looking at the April 28, 2011 relaunch of the Chicago READER, the alternative newsweekly celebrating its 40th year. To kick things off, we look at what may be the […]




Don’t want a generic redesign? Learn from those who focused

Occasionally I get emails from prospective clients, or people working on their own redesigns, or others just interested in publication design, that are worth sharing on the blog. Here’s one that came through over the weekend: Question: “We’re interested in doing a redesign, but concerned about looking like everyone else. Our community is distinctive and […]