All posts tagged typography

NYT Magazine redesign: for students, textbook “Design and Disruption”

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 […]

Magazine redesign: Exploring display typography during prototyping

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.

Warning to coverjunkies: Watch out for paper cuts!

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, […]

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.

Ad Age goes edgy with ‘Digital Issue’ cover lettering

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: […]

I want to redesign my newspaper or magazine: Where to start?

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. […]

Another Dutch treat: Unique cover type from Hollands Diep

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 […]

Down with type abuse!

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 […]

Ever wanted to give a Design Police citation?

I know you’ve been there – reading a perfectly fine newspaper, magazine, billboard, poster, flier … when it jumps out at you. BAD GRAPHIC DESIGN. A horrible font, bad kerning, hyphenation horrors, cliches, nonsense, poor color choices – well, you get it. And you’re just dying to SAY SOMETHING to the guilty party. Well now […]