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Storage solutions for magazine collectors

February 14, 2013

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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.

LOCALE magazine’s latest issue

May 29, 2012

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. (more…)

ACL 2010 Program in the field!

October 8, 2010

Here’s some pics taken this morning of the Austin City Limits 2010 Program for which we at October Custom Publishing provided magazine design and art direction services. Thank you Mikki for the photos, please proceed with beer drinking.

BBC: Ash cloud passengers unite to publish magazine

May 4, 2010

Click here or on the image above for a cool story about passengers across the world stranded because of the volcano getting together to make a magazine. Here is a link to the creators website. Or stick around here while I write more sentences with no punctuation or pauses.

Visual Aid books arrived from Amazon!

October 30, 2009

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I ordered two Visual Aid books from Black Dog publishing. They’re chock full of fantastic infographics on a random and very wide variety of subjects, and perfect for stealing ideas from…I mean looking at for inspiration. They’ve also recently started selling posters of their infographics, so now I have to figure out how much I have left on my credit card, what I’ll tell my wife, and where I will hang them when my house is in foreclosure. Take a look at their site here.

Iron Man Goes Retro-Cool With New Look (via 109.com)

October 5, 2009

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Yep, so this is a comic book and not a magazine. These covers look great, and I can’t wait to see how long they can maintain this kind of look… I’d love to see (or steal and try myself) this kind of look in a newsstand magazine – something like a MAKE magazine could use a retro-future look and maintain its functionality (covers via io9). Another cover after the jump. (more…)

Updated: Working on some self-promo stuff…

February 5, 2009

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