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 […]
One of my favorite things about working on magazine redesigns is exploring the possibility of display type to create energy and excitement throughout the pages. I learned long ago not to be put off by potentially dry or academic content – every story has potential to be made more visually inviting with display type.
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 […]
A fun and smart surprise for magazine “cover junkies” has arrived in my mailbox from across the seas: Jaap Biemans’ one-off magazine celebrating the most notable magazine cover designs of 2011. Be warned: despite the cleverly edited title, it IS “an addiction to creative magazine covers that you wanna lick.” Lush, inviting, and expertly crafted, […]
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: […]
So you want to redesign your newspaper or magazine? You may be tired of the old look, or confronting a technical change such as a change in your page size. Or you may be considering putting your publication up for sale. Here are some thoughts and links to get you going, from Ron Reason Consulting. […]
Followup from yesterday’s post, an interview with and work from Dutch art director Jaap Biemans of Intermediair magazine: Check out Jaap’s alluring cover designs for the literary glossy Hollands Diep, which he calls “our take on Vanity Fair. It’s a mix with Leibovitz photographs and stories from people like Salmon Rushdie and the best Dutch […]
Newsrooms around the world have benefited from the typographic philosophies and sensibilities of Kimberly Elam, chairperson of the Department of Graphic & Interactive Communication at Ringling College of Art and Design. Her rules of typographic usage: I WILL NOT stretch or squish type. I WILL NOT outline type. I WILL NOT stack type. I WILL […]