Contents page design

Posted June 27, 2013 by magazinedesign
Categories: Clients, contents pages, cool, Covers, deadlines, design, digital magazines, Future, Influence, Magazines, organization, Photography, Production, production in progress, Readers, Sales, Typography, Why is it like this?, Why magazines?, WTF, you can never know enough stuff

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TAS 223 FINAL 2

There’s a short blog post about contents page design for print magazines – specifically The Absolute Sound magazine – over at this site.

Storage solutions for magazine collectors

Posted February 14, 2013 by magazinedesign
Categories: books, cool, design, Influence, Magazines, Newspapers, office setup, organization, trade magazines, Uncategorized, Why is it like this?, Why magazines?, workspace, WTF

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That is awesome, find out more here.

Some important points to consider when organizing your magazine collection:

  • Keep what you’ll read most often, or want to read first, near the most accessible part of your collection. If you decide to fill a wall of shelves with your magazines, don’t put your favorite titles on the very top shelf where you can’t get at them easily.
  • While it might be tempting to pack them in tightly so they all look uniform and straight, you’ll probably have a really hard time getting an individual issue out if they’re packed too tightly.
  • It will also be a lot easier to access your magazines if they are stored vertically. You can still break up the monotony of the collection with the occasional stack of horizontal miscellaneous magazines – if that’s what you want – but keeping the majority vertical will make it much easier to pull them in and out of their positions on the shelf.
  • Make sure you keep your storage area well ventilated, and away from sources of heat (like fireplaces, electrical wiring, some plastics). All that paper can easily become a fire hazard if situated incorrectly.
  • Consider weight. All those magazines are going to add up to some considerable weight, so if you’re planning on filling shelf space, make sure both the shelves and the wall they’re attached to can bear the load. Don’t feel bad about calling a professional installer if you’re not sure. The benefits of properly installed, safe shelving far outweigh the potential risks of overloaded shelving. There is also a wealth of information available online giving help and advice on the many different ways you can mount shelves on drywall, brick, and other wall types within your home.

Finally, if you do decide to de-clutter and get rid of some magazines, look up a local recycling facility in your area, or (if you can’t bear the thought of your collection becoming pulp), contact local libraries to find out if they accept donated magazine collections.

HOW magazine cover

Posted January 10, 2013 by magazinedesign
Categories: Clients, cool, Covers, design, Illustration, Influence, Magazines, Production, trade magazines, Uncategorized, visual aid, Why is it like this?, Why magazines?, you can never know enough stuff

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HOW‘s February 2012 cover is nice, and reminds me a lot of this custom publishing piece created way back in the day.

WIRED UK’s cover paper stock is amazing

Posted December 9, 2012 by magazinedesign
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WIRED UK's cover paper stock is amazing

I have no idea what kind of paper they’ve used on this gatefold, or if they always use it and I just haven’t noticed, but it feels amazing. It looks really good too, in fact it has this weird, human skin-like texture that makes the people on the cover look oddly more real (the color itself is also amazing which helps). Best seen in person.

Awesome photography in The Absolute Sound issue 223

Posted May 29, 2012 by magazinedesign
Categories: Clients, cool, Covers, design, Magazines, Photography, Production

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Joel Salcido shot this feature for The Absolute Sound, who are one of the clients we provide magazine design and production services to at October Custom Publishing. Love the stepped levitation. Would love my household objects to levitate in real life, but oh well.

LOCALE magazine’s latest issue

Posted May 29, 2012 by magazinedesign
Categories: books, Clients, color choice, contents pages, cool, Covers, deadlines, design, digital magazines, Magazines, Photography, Production, production in progress, Readers, Why is it like this?

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Lots of beautiful photography in the latest issue of LOCALE. This is it’s 30th issue of this digital magazine, so expect to see a redesign of the magazine in the next year. While it looks good now, I think it would benefit from a redesign that focuses on readability for screen. It’s already got the photography and layout down, but on certain monitors can be a struggle to read in places… and increasing the font size would undoubtedly also increase the page count, a value add for our client for just a little added production time long-term. Read the rest of this post »

Centro Y Sur magazine launches on Texterity, we’re very happy with how it looks (because we made it)

Posted September 23, 2011 by magazinedesign
Categories: Clients, Collaboration, color choice, contents pages, cool, Covers, deadlines, design, digital magazines, Food, Future, Illustration, Influence, Infographics, iPad, Magazines, Photography, Production, production in progress, Readers, Sales, Subscriptions, trade magazines, Typography, Uncategorized, Why is it like this?, Why magazines?, you can never know enough stuff

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One of the many projects I’ve been involved with at October Custom Publishing is the page design, production and art direction – in fact pretty much all aspects of production – of Centro Y Sur magazine. A digital publication from the mind of Jason Z. Guest, we’re currently in our final week of production of issue 4. I thought I’d share a pieces from the last few issues. Seriously, this isn’t just a shameless plug, we’re really interested in hearing your feedback on the magazine’s usability, especially when it comes to navigation and ease of use. We spent FOREVER working on the internal nav for this – and then there’s Texterity’s own nav tools which come as standard in this particular hosting model. So I’m not going to say too much more – you can read the whole issue (and back issues) here. Some more pages from issue 4 after the jump. Read the rest of this post »


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