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Fast Company's 10th Annual Design Issue

Fast Company's 10th Annual Design Issue

Since National Design Week begins this week, let's take a look at how Fast Company recently celebrated 10 years of its annual Design Issue. Design Director Ted Keller gives us a recap of the print coverage.

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Behind the Scenes: ESPN The Magazine Recreates Iconic Music Covers

Behind the Scenes: ESPN The Magazine Recreates Iconic Music Covers

ESPN The Magazine has hit it out of the park again with their Music Issue which is on stands now. SPD spoke with Senior Director of Photography Karen Frank about putting together this issue.  Take a look at the photos and get a behind the scenes peek of the athletes and their music inspiration. 
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Cooking Light's 25th Anniversary Issue

Cooking Light's 25th Anniversary Issue

This November Cooking Light celebrates its 25th anniversary with a double issue that's out on newsstands now.   We spoke with the magazine's creative director Carla Frank about putting together this delectable issue.  

How did you go about choosing the images and recipes that would be on the anniversary cover?
We searched for recipes that looked delicious, but that you could actually make. The dark background was a bit of a departure for us, but I wanted them to look classic and be sure the food popped.  It was an anniversary issue, so taking a little departure was nice.  
In general I want the magazine to be beautiful, vibrant, fun, approachable, and conversational.  I hope that this issue, the culmination of 2 years effort, shows that.

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Surfing + Espresso Bar + Apparel = Saturdays Surf

Surfing + Espresso Bar + Apparel = Saturdays Surf

....and now a bi annual magazine!
We caught up with Colin Tunstall, one of the co founders of Saturdays Surf The downtown NYC surf shop on Crosby St (with new locations--the West Village, and their Tokyo flagship,) and talked to him about his pseudo return to publishing as the editor-in-chief role in their first issue of Saturdays Magazine.  while ringing in their 3rd anniversary. More after the jump...


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Behind the scenes with Editions designer David Robinson

Behind the scenes with Editions designer David Robinson

Editions Icon.pngEditions, the highly anticipated magazine App produced by AOL, Mobile has just hit the App store boasting the tag line "The Magazine that Reads You". It's the first digital magazine I know of that integrates tagging of a user's interests and maps content to those choices offering up a unique personalized magazine every day. Recently I got to sit down with David Robinson, Head of UX & Mobile Design for AOL to ask him a few questions about the process from a designers point of view.… MORE
Magazine Giveaway!

Magazine Giveaway!

This is for those of you who have that extra storage space out in Jersey, or upstate: tomorrow, Saturday, June 25 from 12noon to 2pm, it's a magazine giveaway bonanza. Jeff Glendenning's closed-up shop and heading west, to Portland, OR in fact, and is looking to be sure that all his beloved old issues find a good home. Can you help? Are you looking for copies of
>> (90s) Rolling Stone
>> (90s) Wallpaper
>> The FACE (circa 2000)
>> The NY Times Mag (2001-
>> New York (2003-
+ plenty more? If so, head on over to 208 W 29, #601 (map here) on Saturday from 12noon to 2pm and grab all you can. Free to good homes. And you people are good homes.
Seattle Met Magazine Flash Mob Cover

Seattle Met Magazine Flash Mob Cover

Seattle Met magazine art director Benjamen Purvis organized a flash mob for the latest cover of their 100 Reason to Love Seattle issue. The cover photo was taken from a helicopter as the crowd of 250 people mobbed below in the city's Gas Works Park. It's a great original idea; a welcome break from the countless formatted "best of" covers that city and regional magazines do every year. Purvis is doing some highly creative work at Seattle Met. Take a look at a couple examples of his energetic, polished design.

See a video and slideshow of the Seattle Met cover shoot here.
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The Best of MagCulture.com

The Best of MagCulture.com

Our favorite magazine info website, MagCulture, has published a newsprint compilation of the best of their first four years of posting, MagCulture.com/Paper. It's a 16-page color tabloid on quality newsprint, with excerpts and links from 74 stories posted on the site since February 2006. You can order it here. MagCulture is a great site with frequent updates on magazines of all kinds, with an emphasis on the UK, where its founder, Jeremy Leslie, is based. It you want to stay on top of the latest news in publication, website, and digital design, it's essential daily reading.


Time for a tiny format for newsweeklies

Time for a tiny format for newsweeklies

I've always been a fan of the format of 50s newsweekly. Quick, a digest-sized celebrity and fast news magazine that was published from 1949-1953. Quick was tiny in size, just 4 1/2 x 6 inches (considerably smaller than the Reader's Digest and Jet sizes of today), and it promoted the fact that readers could " carry it in your pocket or your purse...and read it wherever you are." Like the name says, articles were short and fast; it was a highly portable read. The cover designs started out with black and white photos and a single background color, but soon moved to full-color celebrity photo portraits. Quick always promoted itself as a "news weekly," and carried a mix of current events and a heavy dose of celebrity news and lifestyle updates.… MORE
Premiere Issues

Premiere Issues

Premiere Issues, Archive of Magazine Firsts, is a smart, simple, well-designed website featuring the covers of over 200 debut issues of magazines, ranging from Communication Arts to Ray Gun to Good, with many lesser-known publications as well. The brainchild of designer Danielle Huthart, the site was launched in 2002 and has been consistently updated and upgraded since. In addition to covers, there are credits and mission statements for each magazine. Huthart, who lives and works in Hong Kong at Whitespace studio, describes her motivation in starting the site: "I had already amassed a collection of first issues, and I thought it would be fun to share these with others. I love documenting and clearly I love communication and design. The site is my tribute to all the hard work and energy that goes into the creation of a magazine."

Premiere Issues is not only informative and great fun, it offers a perfect template for a way to expand print publications to the web, building community and collaboration at the same time.

We asked Huthart to share her top 10 premiere issues for SPD.

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The design of Gourmet magazine

The design of Gourmet magazine

After Gourmet magazine closed down on October 5, we asked the art staff for some of their favorite feature spreads and covers from the past couple years. Although the covers of Gourmet often garnered the most attention, the insides of the magazine were brilliant and sparkling as well, and received much acclaim and many awards. Here are four covers and 10 beautiful feature openers from Gourmet. Creative director: Richard Ferretti; art director: Erika Oliveira.

(Above left): August 2008 cover photograph by John Kernick.

Watch for the best of Cookie magazine, coming next week!
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Interview: Dugald Stermer and Ramparts magazine

Interview: Dugald Stermer and Ramparts magazine

A NOTE FROM THE EDITORS, DECEMBER 5, 2011: It is with great sadness we note that Dugald Stermer, illustrator and Ramparts Art Director from 1964-1970, passed away last week at 75 after a long illness. Below we're reposting an interview Robert Newman did with Stermer in the autumn of 2009.

Dugald Stermer was the art director of Ramparts magazine during its heyday, 1964-1970. A new book by Peter Richardson, A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America , has brought the magazine back into the public eye. The New York Times gave the book a lengthy review in the October 11 Sunday Times Book Review, which praised the magazine's "hip, slick and provocative look."
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Ramparts Magazine

Ramparts Magazine

The New York Times has a review of the new history of Ramparts magazine today, A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of Ramparts Magazine Changed America, by Peter Richardson. For those who've never seen it, or for those who remember, Ramparts was a striking visual magazine, art directed from 1964-1970 by the great Dugald Stermer (who is better-known today for his illustration work). Dig this cover of Stermer and the mag's editors burning their own draft cards! We'll be posting a more detailed visual history of Ramparts later this week. Images from those days are hard to find....if you've got any you want to contribute to the post, please let us know ASAP.… MORE
Such a T's: Five Days, Five Years of Well Openers

Such a T's: Five Days, Five Years of Well Openers

Those crazy kids over at T, The New York Times Style Magazine's The Moment blog are counting down to their fifth-anniversary issue (hitting your Sunday stack this weekend) with some excellent slideshows of the past five years of T well-openers--those gorgeous T's artfully rendered in eye-poppingly different ways each issue. Like any good blogger, they're doling them out slowly, leaving us wanting more and giving us reasons to hit refresh over and over. And over.

Checkout Monday's Best of 2004 & 2005 slideshow here and Tuesday's Best of 2006 eye candy here. Click on this link for the full, updating-daily set if you want to, um, refresh yourself over and over.

In the meantime, happy 5th T!
The Newsweek Redesign: Hit or Miss?

The Newsweek Redesign: Hit or Miss?

We all know what the process is like to get out a massive redesign. The meetings... The designs... Presentations... Focus groups... More designs... Launch. 

Well, it has been four issues for the Newsweek redesign by Number 17--a good number of issues to get your sea-legs. 

What do you think?
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***N*E*W*** ***R*E*L*E*A*S*E***

***N*E*W*** ***R*E*L*E*A*S*E***

GK Investigates was worried that the US Censor Board would not allow us to release this clip.

But today approval was given, despite the nudity.



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GK Investigation > > > Clips finally released to SPD

GK Investigation > > > Clips finally released to SPD


***N*E*W*S*  *R*E*L*E*A*S*E***

After many months of negotiation, and many months of fine tuning the details, the undercover magazine industry investigation group known as GKI, or GK Investigation, is finally able to release numerous clips to the Society of Publication Design, SPD, for use on their blog.
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Hidden Treasure in Berlin

Hidden Treasure in Berlin

A couple of weeks ago, I devoted a few lines to my favorite bookstore, William Stout Architectural Books in San Francisco's North Beach. Today, I'm pleased to report that I've found my favorite magazine store, bar none.
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New York Magazine's 40th Birthday: The Print Edition

New York Magazine's 40th Birthday: The Print Edition

If only we would all celebrate our 40th birthdays with this kind of fervor: our friends at New York magazine have their huge anniversary issue on the newsstand this week, and it's a beauty. What we can find inside, and some behind-the-scenes photos after the jump... … MORE
Nothing But a Ballpoint Pen

Nothing But a Ballpoint Pen

For the September issue of Los Angeles, art director Joe Kimberling collaborated with illustrator and type designer Marian Bantjes to create the cover. The solution, done solely with a blue ballpoint pen, is a notebook covered with doodles inspired by a creative, yet distracted high school student. As Marian says on the contributors page "I did everything but the bar code". Check out more of her amazing work here.

Nancy Harris Rouemy: The NY Mag McCain Cover Challenge

I don't know what was more rousing last night--watching Bill O'Reilly challenge Barack Obama to explain his association with Rev. Wright and Bill Ayers, or watching Dirk Barnett, the skillful Creative Director of Blender, challenge Walter Bernard, Milton Glaser, Bob Newman, Adam Moss and Chris Dixon to a cover solution competition at the start of the panel discussion celebrating the 40th birthday for New York magazine, held at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York city.

''If McCain gets elected, New York's cover would be what?,'' Barnett asked provocatively. "You will get to answer at the end of our discussion.'' I couldn't stop scanning the panel from left to right, and right to left, wondering if these guys were internally crying to the heavens above for a clever solution or tucking the task in their subconscious so that they could focus on the questions at hand. I initially gave myself the same challenge; 30 problem-solving seconds later, I cut myself a break after reminding myself, this is my one night out -- enjoy! And so I did.
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Joyce Rutter Kaye: Out of Print

Joyce Rutter Kaye: Out of Print

Via yesterday's Daily Heller...

Today is Joyce Rutter Kaye's last day as editor-in-chief of PRINT. After ten years, she will be joining NYC & Company, New York City's official tourism, marketing, and partnership organization, as senior editorial director.... Picking up from long-time PRINT editor Martin Fox, Joyce impressed her own personality on the magazine. She oversaw its current redesign, its greater adherence to the news, its increased critical stance, and its renewed vitality as a chronicle of the new while respecting history. Under Joyce, PRINT racked up more American Society of Magazine Editors' National Magazine Award nominations and two major awards. She has built an enviable staff of design journalists and editors. At a time when the web threatens to make print obsolete, Joyce has made the magazine more vigorous and the PRINT site more active.
Kent

Kent "Dr. Evil" Brownridge Is Kicked Upstairs at Alpha Media

After only a year as CEO of Alpha MediaGroup, which publishes Blender and Maxim, Kent Brownridge, former CEO of Wenner Media from 1975-2006, has given up the title for the role of chairman. And from what we hear, it was not voluntary. Due to massive micro-managing, sinister sneers and numbers that have yet to dazzle owners Quadrangle Capital Partners, he was asked to step down from his everyday duties. Click here for more details.
New Favorite Magazine: FOAM

New Favorite Magazine: FOAM

I'm afraid I'm a little late to the party on this one but Foam: International Photography Magazine based out of Amsterdam is simply amazing.  I was lucky enough to come across it at the NY Photo Fesitval in Dumbo--directed to it by my pal Ryan Mesina in the Real Simple Photo Department.  We were both instant fans.  Each specially themed issue feels like you've stumbled into a little photo gallery on a city street that is filled with gems the likes of which you haven't seen before.  … MORE
Have you seen Monocle?

Have you seen Monocle?

Produced out of the UK by Tyler Brule of Wallpaper* fame, Monocle is a magazine aimed at the world traveler. Covering global affairs, business, culture and of course design it was recently mention to be one of the 30 most notable launches of the year. It has garnered attention for its use of matte paper and smaller trim size inside a luxury magazine.
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