Archive for the ‘digital magazines’ category

Contents page design

June 27, 2013

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.

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…)

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

September 23, 2011

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. (more…)

Glamour’s Biggest Issue in 20 Years Thanks to iPad?

July 21, 2010

Zoe Smith of DigitalArtsonline posted a short but interesting piece on Glamour mag’s upcoming largest issue in twenty years… publisher William Wackermann says it’s due to only selling ads in their digital edition to people who’ll also buy a print ad. Full story here.

LOCALE magazine project update

June 2, 2010

We recently put together another issue of LOCALE magazine, which we create in it’s entirety here at October Custom Publishing – magazine design, editorial, production… you name it. Now I have to not fall asleep … lots of reading to catch up on, and Natalie Word, GQ, WIRED’s 500+ mb iPad issue, Popular Science, Adobe and other related posts to write. (more…)

GIZMODO: 48 Hours, 1,000s of Contributors, 1 Magazine

May 4, 2010

Here’s an interview from Gizmodo on a group attempting to create a different type of magazine in 48 Hours. Not sure it will be any good, or how I feel about it, but it’s an interesting concept I guess – I do like the co-operative angle. Here’s the magazine’s site.

April 29, 2010

UPDATE: It’s arrived!

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My 3G iPad has NOT arrived early.

LOCALE magazine project update

April 28, 2010

Read in the LA Times a while back about an architect who designed his house in order to be able to park his 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi Boxer in his living-room…which led to the idea for a story on out of this world, custom garages. We were lucky enough to be able to get the architect of the Ferrari garage – Holger Schubert of Archisis – to shoot some more images of his house for us. A few more pages from the newest issue after the jump. (more…)

Popular Science on the iPad

April 4, 2010

I’m sure everyone has seen this by now, but here I am late to the party and slightly drunk as usual. Bonnier Corporation have been busy working on an iPad optimized edition of Popular Science, cunningly labelled “Popular Science+”. It’s actually very cool, and makes me feel kind of sick at the same time. Sick in an “Uh oh I just came one step closer to being replaced by a robot” kind of way. Seriously though, it does make me wonder how the new technology which is going to pop up all over the place for iPad-like content creation is eventually going to be standardized and/or integrated into inDesign, Illustrator etc. Anyway watch the video at the link below, it’s very cool.

Mag+ live with Popular Science+ from Bonnier on Vimeo.

You don’t have to be rich to read OceanHome magazine, but it helps.

April 4, 2010

I’ve been reading a lot of home magazines recently (can’t call them shelter magazines, feels very douchebaggy) because of another project I’ve been working on. OceanHome feels pretty small when you pick it up. Paper feels good, cover very shiny feeling, but not over glossy. I liked the super-bright, clean cover when I picked it up, but the more time I spend looking closely at it, something about the photo is bothering me that I can’t quite put my finger on. Is it the color, has it been really photoshopped? There’s a confusing lack of detail. At a glance it looks great, but spend any time staring at it, and details suddenly become fuzzy messes of color. Was the image really hard to color correct given the amount of information in it?

Coverlines are banal and completely inoffensive. There’s nothing compelling or exciting about what’s happening here. I wonder if they tried to get a shot of the Obamas for their “exclusive”. This is clearly aimed at the high-end homebuyer, and the issue is chock full of very high-end real estate ads including – shocker! – an ad from the real estate agent who manages the Plantation Estate, aka “The Winter White House” featured on the cover. The ad even uses the exact same headline as the cover! (more…)