Archive for December 2008

A brief look at some current magazine contents pages… – UPDATED

December 31, 2008

Esquire January 2009 TOC gallery

So as I was blabbing on about all the contents pages I’d talked about below, my employer at my full-time job comes into my office and throws a bunch of magazines on my desk, among them the new Esquire – the January issue. I immediately turn to their contents pages to see how they compare to the previous month’s (below), and see a note on the following page talking about how they’re getting rid of this particular design feature. I’m curious to see what they have in mind to replace it, if it’s going to be something equally…different, or return to a more traditional looking contents page. Anyway, here are those pages from the January issue. The last ones to look like this (at least in Esquire – I’m pretty sure I’m going to steal this idea sometime soon).

Esquire January 2009 TOC 1 Esquire January 2009 TOC 2

Washington Life loves Vanity Fair

December 28, 2008

The fam and I took a trip to DC a couple of weeks ago, and I grabbed this copy of Washington Life from our hotel room. It calls itself ‘Washington’s premier luxury lifestyle magazine since 1991’. The cover has artwork by Shepard Fairey, who is the guy who created the Obama ‘Hope’ poster (below, under the cover), and got a letter of thanks from Obama in return, which is kind of cool. I wonder how much lead time they had to give him to create this one, or did he already have it ready when they came asking.

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Abandon hope all ye who enter here

December 28, 2008

So everyone is always talking about the death of print and what, how, when the next format will become readily available and easy to use etc etc. I personally don’t believe print is going anywhere for a long time. What I’d really like to see is more thought being put into quality control and production, both in editorial and design. This particular organization however, seems to want completely the opposite:

And look at this one, where this guy actually shows us some samples of published work. Talk about lowering the bar.

Layout and cover in progress

December 17, 2008

1/05/09 8:30pm We’ve just had what feels like 6 weeks off for Christmas and Hogmanay, but it still doesn’t feel like enough. Anyway, there have been several rounds of edits like I described in the previous update, with the main InDesign doc going back and forth – along with a PDF – between myself and the editors. I think we only have one more round to go which will happen tomorrow morning, then I can get the whole doc ready to ship to the printer and start working on laying out the cover, which unfortunately has been pushed to the very end of the production cycle again. Luckily, when I send the main document to the printer they have so much to do that it gives me several days to tie up loose ends, design and/or update house ads adn subs forms, and of course layout the cover. The cover design is a multi-step repeating process just like the interior, only it happens much faster – albeit with many more rounds (unless I get lucky, and everyone loves the very first one I put together, which happens once in a blue moon). The photographer is finishing up the high-resolution files now as well, so as long as I receive those tomorrow or the next day, we’re in good shape.

12/30/08 1:30am Ok, kinda lost the thread there for a while with Christmas and all that crap being squeezed in there. So as I mentioned in the previous update, Joel sent me low-resolution jpegs to use for placement in layout. So, I’d gone through a round of edits with the editorial guys on the individual layouts that will comprise the entire magazine – me sending them PDFs and InDesign docs to place edits in, and then having them sent back to me to clean up and make edits they can’t. That included the first-round layouts of the feature well shot by Joel. All those documents were then combined into one massive inDesign file which we call the official round one of edits, which is sent in PDF form to all the editors on staff, and the inDesign doc to one of the editors who will input the majority of their changes, which they supply to him as marked-up PDFs. Following those changes and edits – which sometimes may take three or four days depending on the size of the issue – I’ll work on cleaning up photography that was supplied to us, and tell Joel which images I need cleaned up for final production. I haven’t began to think about the cover yet, but that needs to happen soon as well. Some samples below include the first of two contents pages, the intro page to the whole analog section, and the opening spread of photography (low-resolution, not cleaned up) that opens the main story in the magazine.