By Ron Reason Welcome to Design With Reason, the blog of Ron Reason Consulting. I’m passionate about excellence in storytelling, editorial design, branding and strategy, and have collaborated worldwide for more than 25 years with news publishers, as well as corporate, academic and nonprofit news providers. (Bio. LinkedIn. Client list.) After a number of years on faculty at […]
In its Summer 2016 annual awards competition, the Trade Association Business Publications International gave my former client Champion magazine its Gold Award for Best Single Issue for its Fall 2015 issue. The magazine also was awarded five other Tabbie Awards for editorial, design and photography. Learn more about the awards here: http://www.tabpi.org/awards.htm To learn more about the redesign process […]
Early word last week on the redesign/reinvention of The New York Times Magazine gave a good indication this wouldn’t be just a cosmetic exercise, a shuffling around of fonts with a few new editorial features. Instantly I suspected this would offer great lessons for the coming week for my class, “Critical Thinking About Design and […]
Windy City publisher J.C. GabelÂ 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, […]
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.
Whenever I work on magazine redesigns, or newspaper redesigns (or sections) that might lend themselves to exploring a more magazine-like direction, I wallow in the joys and challenges of designing covers. Here are four areas where I tend to concentrate my work, that may provide lessons for editors and designers struggling to create magazine covers […]
This week’s cover of Advertising Age (a past client that I watch regularly) provided a bit of a typographic shocker: a chaotic digital font (or is it a font?) overlaid on a cast photo from MTV’s “Skins.” The headline: THE DIGITAL ISSUE (an annual affair for Ad Age). The subhead: “Your consumer’s brain on digital: […]
Sharp, focused, relevant words, married up with fun, surprising, captivating imagery – what more could you ask for from a magazine? Over the years it has seemed like pulling teeth to get that out of some of my professional clients, but the student staff of INSIDE magazine at IU-Bloomington (some of whom I have mentored […]