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Editorial and Magazine Design Inspiration

26 May 2016
Design Inspiration

Editorial and Magazine Design Inspiration

Editorial and magazine print design has to be sharper than ever to battle against the move towards digital publishing.  However, their existence proves that there’s still a demand for content presented by beautiful design if the industry creates original ideas and fresh spins on this timeless method of entertainment and relaxation. These inspirational designs are shining examples of thoughtful design and innovative content that keeps print design alive.  

The Happy Reader

The Happy Reader exuberates quiet simplicity framed with a subtle pop of colour to echo the two-tone nature of the content. The magazine is split into two halves, the first an extensive interview with a book-loving celebrity followed by an exploration of a Penguin literary classic. It is a collaboration between the publisher and Fantastic Man magazine, best described by Penguin themselves as ‘exploring the myriad advantages of the printed word and image: beautiful typography, high dwell time, the matte charm of ink on paper, the calming luxury of being 'offline'. The magazine is a design object in and of itself.

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The Happy Reader

Fantastic Man

It only seems natural to follow onto the editorial parent of The Happy Reader, which is Fantastic Man magazine. The magazine is famed for strikingly raw photography of their cover stars, and is a brilliant example of how editorial design can transition from print to digital.



The Fantastic Man

Head onto the website and you’re greeted with and image of the printed cover. Scroll down and the image swiftly changes to an altered, shaded image with a dramatic and bold background. Fantastic Man effortlessly transcends the boundaries of print and online editorial layout.


Graphic designers dream of having the freedom to utilise white space without comprising the amount of content. Magazine design is unique in allowing designers the room to really stretch out and experiment with positioning. Filter make the most of the room they have, helping the stand alone photographs and snippets of content to hold attention.




The Observer Magazine

Newspapers are infamously restrictive in their design, so the Observer Magazine serves as a playground for designers to explore and find alternative designs for a mainstream audience. Great design doesn’t have to be niche!    




The Observer

The Recorder

It makes sense that an editorial dedicated entirely to typography’s place modern culture should itself brimming with original and beautiful typography inspiration. The magazine’s heritage stretches all the way back to 1902 when it was first printed, and has proudly moved with the times to provide wonderful illustrations.




Jeopardy Magazine

Western Washington University annually publish Jeopardy to feature works by creatives from the university. It’s certainly worth the yearly wait, printed on thick black paper with light, bold typography for a luxurious publication designed to stand the test of time.




Positive Negative

Positive Negative is the product of a class of students’ relationship with senior graphic designers at Rochester Institute of Technology. The result is a completely fresh project showcasing the next generation of designers, with concentration on creating inventive content layouts that match the theme of the article.





Rare Medium

 The recipe book is having a design revolution. Food lovers are being treated to mouth-watering designs to present their delicious meals as cook books are being seen as lifelong keepsakes. Rare Medium is a journal persuading chefs to be creative with red meat, and its varied design from vintage illustration to Lego textures secured it a nomination for a D&AD Award.

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Judge a book by its cover….

Editorial design reaches into the realm of book cover designs; a daunting task for any graphic designer as whatever people say – the cover is a book’s main marketing tool.

Some books have the advantage of pre-existing fame, so designers can be minimalistic in their approach knowing the demand is already there and so have more freedom. We love this discreet approach from designer Neil Lang, with the smudge of blood punctuating the white space alluding to the story’s violent plot.

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Other, perhaps newer publications rely heavily on the design alone to draw the gaze of potential readers away from the others on the shelf.

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Geometric vectors, typography and colour pallets have to be carefully considered to keep alive the content of the pages whilst ensuring they gain enough attention to be picked up. The design is bolder, more vivid but just as enthralling as a well-known classic.  Designers Ben Summers and Sophie Burdess received nominations from the ABCD Book Covers Awards for these engrossing designs.


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