The Dual Covers of Zeit Magazin

Zeit Magazin is the weekly magazine of Die Zeit, the German national weekly newspaper with a circulation of 520,000, based in Hamburg. With offices in Berlin, the current iteration of Zeit Magazin was launched in 2007. Since its beginning, under the direction of editor-in-chief Christoph Amend, Zeit Magazin has published a unique dual cover design, […]

The Recorder: Monotype’s Typographic Magazine Reborn

For over 70 years, Monotype published The Monotype Recorder, a legendary trade publication that was edited for 30 years by the even more legendary Beatrice Warde. Now The Recorder has been relaunched by the Monotype London studio in a rich and brilliant limited print edition. Edited by Emma Tucker and art directed by Luke Tonge, […]

Entertainment Weekly, Reanimated

I’ve got a vested interest in the design of Entertainment Weekly magazine. I was the second design director there, from 1994-96, and have stayed in touch with many subsequent design directors and designers at the magazine in the years since. Needless to say, as the years go by (and this coming February marks the 25th […]

Our Sports: 1950s African-American Sports Magazine Edited by Jackie Robinson

Our Sports, “The Great New Negro Sports Magazine,” was published in 1953, and ran for five issues. It featured top African-American sports stars on the cover: Larry Doby, Monte Irvin, Minnie Minoso, Satchel Paige, and George Taliaferro, who was the first black football player drafted into the NFL. Jackie Robinson was listed prominently on the […]

Audubon Magazine’s Illustrated Aviary

The Illustrated Aviary is a regular inside back page feature in the bimonthly Audubon magazine. Launched last year by creative director Kevin Fisher, each issue features a different, high-level illustrator reimagining John James Audubon‘s famous “Birds of North America” paintings.  The page includes a brief interview with the illustrator discussing the creative process, as well […]

Men’s Health Feature Pages: “Fill the Positive Space with Originality”

Robert Festino was the creative director of Men’s Health for a little over two and a half years, from February 2011-November 2013. Using his diverse background from Fortune, Bon Appetit, ESPN, and Entertainment Weekly, he built on and expanded Men’s Health‘s rich tradition of brilliant art direction and engaging graphics and imagery. Festino describes his […]

Feb 12, 2013
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The Crisis: A Record of the Darker Races

The past month I’ve been researching vintage African American magazines for a series of posts on my Facebook and Tumblr pages as part of Black History Month. One recent collection was a set of covers from The Crisis, the official publication of the NAACP, founded in 1910 by W.E.B. DuBois. The Crisis was a remarkable […]

Jan 21, 2013 By Matt Kinsman
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Six Things B-to-B Editors, Designers Can Learn from Consumer Magazines

[Originally published June 17, 2010] Business-to-business publishers seem to be going one of two ways when it comes to their remaining print magazines; either slashing budgets and staff to the bare bones as they scramble to develop replacement products or investing in the print title as a premium offering within their multimedia stable. Those choosing […]

Sep 27, 2012
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Interview: Dugald Stermer and Ramparts Magazine

[Note: This interview originally ran on the Society of Publication Designers site in the autumn of 2009. Sadly, Dugald Stermer passed away in late 2011.] Dugald Stermer was the art director of Ramparts magazine during its heyday, 1964-1970. A new book by Peter Richardson, A Bomb in Every Issue: How the Short, Unruly Life of […]