Radar is funny, masters slick grungy look

Got the April issue of Radar. Never bought an issue before but I loved the cover of this one and had to pick it up. Poor Tom Cruise? I dunno.

The contents pages are pretty standard, not much going on there, but easy to read and uncluttered, which is a bonus, as well benefitting the ad opposite. Nice photography, and it’s a nice change not to have the magazine broken up into a million different too clever for their own good named sections. The masthead is cool, takes up the entire page but looks completely different.

The loook of the front of book content is really clean, and from a distance really plain, but once you get in there, as well as a lot of content, there’s a lot of detail in the use of graphics and pull-quotes. Some of it is functional, like the key on the sidebar about former political candidates, other stuff is more decorative, cool looking designer fluff, but there’s never too much of that. I like the use of colored copy and the different sized type, that combined with the illutration and kind of randomness of some of the pics – especially the celeb headshots (and wtf, Spencer Pratt…what?) – is never too messy, it always manages to hit just the right balance of coolness. It helps that there actually appears to be stuff to read here, and not just editorial turds being dressed up by the designer. Plus, love the timeline on gayface!

There’s also this interview spread which uses a 5 column grid incliuding the sidebar, opposite a really sweet looking full-page photo. I’m surprised the copy reads so easily across 5 columns, the large dropcap helps anchor the interview as absolutely the main piece you need to read, which helps seeing as the sidebar was placed on the far left of the spread.

Finally, the feature stories are cool looking, following basically the same template as the rest of the mag. The photography is good, and the tpye treatment on the Will Arnett opening spread is really good. I’ve seen that broken up deck joined by arrows thing used in a few different magazines just this month, I’ll see if I can find them and post ’em here too. Oh, and check out the photo on the veery last spread posted here – totally awesome, best photo I’ve seen all year! Okay, maybe not, but it’s close.

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