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The Modern Magazine: Visual Journalism in the Digital Era

The Modern Magazine: Visual Journalism in the Digital Era

"What Is a Magazine?" asks Jeremy Leslie on the first page of this wonderful new book. There are a multiplicity of answers (of course), and you'll find many of them in this visual feast, filled with graphic delights and surprises. It's the book equivalent of a giant newsstand, and readers are treated to an endless display of magazines from around the world in all shapes and sizes, each of them a stellar example of magazine-making circa 2013 (or 2012 for some).

This book really could have been subtitled "The Triumph of Independent Publishing," because the core of the book is represented by the thriving indie scene that Leslie has promoted so enthusiastically (and smartly) on his Magculture site. "The basic alchemy of manipulating text and image on a page--visual journalism--has never been easier," says Leslie, "printing small numbers of copies has never been cheaper, and, in the hands of top practitioners, the results never more exciting."(Photo via Magculture and Francesco Franchi)MORE

Still on the hunt for that perfect gift for the Art Director or Photo Editor in your life?  Well, look no further!  We've gathered some favorites that will be a great addition to your bookshelf.  Plus, you can buy them all now at our online SPD Book Store.   For a limited time, readers can also get a special discount on SPD Annuals HERE.  Just use promo code: holiday at checkout.

Did we forget something?  Add your suggestions below in the comments.    
And for other non-book gift ideas, check out SPD-U's Gift Guide over on the student blog.
 
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Must Read: iPad Design Lab

Must Read: iPad Design Lab

MARIO.PNGHaving spent some time with Mario Garcia's new iBook, the only way to start off this post is... THE TAKEAWAY: If you're working in publishing, iPad Design Lab is a timely and informative must read. 

Design Lab ($9.99, Apple iBook, Amazon Kindle) is chock full of valuable information for anyone working in publishing today, including several interviews with today's top designers working on this new platform. One thing that I appreciated in the book, was the way that Mario related designing for tablets to the basics of storytelling -- as well as reintroducing web design basics that could be overlooked by print print designers forging new territory in a digital sapce. We live and work in a multi-screen world, and I quite enjoyed was the discussion of this topic which Mario call's "Four devices in harmony".

Here's a quick look inside iPad Design Lab:
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Chasing Beauty

Chasing Beauty

Hey all,
I wanted to take a moment and share a non-mag project I worked on that just hit stores.
My friend, photographer Richard Phibbs was having his first book published and asked me to do all the typography for the book. (Which i had to think about for all of two seconds.)

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The Beautiful & the Damned: Punk Photographs of Ann Summa

The Beautiful & the Damned: Punk Photographs of Ann Summa

Los Angeles-based photographer Ann Summa has a new book, The Beautiful & the Damned: Punk Photographs of Ann Summa. It's a document of the LA punk scene circa 1978-84, with over 150 photographs, many of them never seen before. In addition to photos of seminal LA bands like the Germs, the Screamers, and X, there are plenty of photographs of the punk scene. And there a lot of portraits of musicians who played in LA, like the Clash, Pretenders, Talking Heads, Iggy Pop, and many more.

Summa is one of our favorite photographers, and the new book shows off her early, gritty, black and white punk photographer days to brilliant effect. These are raw, artful images with impact and passion. We've got a soft spot for anything about early punk, and this book is simply a great document of that period.

There's a book release party on Friday, October 8 (that's tonight!), from 5-7pm at Bookmarc at 400 Bleecker Street. As an added bonus, Exene Cervenka will be performing at 6.30 (she also wrote the forward to Summa's book).
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Drew Friedman's Killer New Book,

Drew Friedman's Killer New Book, "Too Soon"

Over the past 15 years, Drew Friedman has been one of the most popular and prolific illustrators in the magazine world. His caricatures and cartoons have graced the pages and covers of everything from The New Yorker to Entertainment Weekly to the Weekly Standard. And although these days most of his work is in color, he still publishes work in classic black and white as well.

Now Friedman has a brilliant new collection of his magazine work, Too Soon?: Famous/Infamous Faces 1995-2010, published by Fantagraphics Books. It's hardcover, 200+ pages, packed with hundreds of  comics and caricatures and even more laughs. And it's graced with a wonderful introductory essay by Friedman that is a great history of both his illustration career and magazine illustration in general over the past 15 years.

Check out some of our favorite Friedman illos from the book on the next page, and see even more on his Drawger page.
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The Making of Dan Winters' 'Periodical Photographs'

The Making of Dan Winters' 'Periodical Photographs'

In late 2007, I received a life-changing phone call from one of my best friends, a photographer named Dan Winters. He and I had become inseparable collaborators nearly 10 years ago, after a summer afternoon spent photographing (and gorging on) a particularly fine crop of Texas Hill Country peaches. Since then, we've worked together nearly every month in some form or fashion, both during my tenure at Texas Monthly, and now at WIRED.
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