Caffeine Nicotine / Issue 1

Faces / Funk / Fame / Fashion. Entitled, Caffeine Nicotine_new magazine shot by John Wright out of London.

Caffeine Nicotine Mag

AMagazine Online

By no means is the viewing experience ideal, but AMagazine has put up the back issues of their magazines online. You can view the entirety of each individually curated issue along with their designer feature series. Enjoy.

International Times

The next rainy afternoon you get, hunker down with your laptop and pour through the pages of International Times. This seminal underground newspaper was founded in 1966 in London. It stop running in 1972, but would continue to make intermittent appearances into the 1990′s. The scope of the paper’s content is so broad to summarize here, but consider it an originating point influential counter-culture thinkers of the 60s’ and 70s’. If you are at all remotely interested in that time period, you owe it to yourself to spend some time with this online archive.

International Magazines

I had a chance to go Seattle and visited Pike Place Market and came across an awesome newsstand, Read All About it News. Here are some really well designed, International magazines. Above is a publication from Australia, Monument Magazine.

For the foodie in you, BEEF magazine.

Nido magazine.

Issue 30

Thought I’d pop my head around to share a sneak-peak of the LWL overhaul. Neatness all-round!

Goodbye Grafik

First it was I.D. and now it’s Grafik. Grafik’s publisher, Adventures in Publishing, have decided to liquidate the company, so sadly Grafik won’t be able to print their magazine anytime soon. Fingers crossed. Hopefully they come back.

Colorcubic, Then Francesco Franchi

Colorcubic is a multidisciplinary creative studio founded by Michael John and Christy Lai. There are sneak peeks of a great deal of eclecticism going on here, but I’d been led to hear of them from seeing a post they did on this totally compelling publication – Intelligence in Lifestyle (featured here – check out that mast head for starters!). I was a bit gutted to discover their website is still under construction, but you can see more of their work on their Behance page here. So credit where credit is due, it turns out the magazine’s rich aesthetic is the brainchild of a one Francesco Franchi, who’s further delights you can see here on the Flickr stream.

Ken Leung

With Modern Publicty just gone live, amongst other recent sightings, I thought it none the more apt to throw in a reiterance of the achievements of Ken Leung – the founding art director of one of my all-time favourite publications. A true purveyor of structure and simplicity over style, with a sensible and well-informed design philosophy to match; he’s been a very busy boy since fleeing the nest. GraphicHug has been an avid follower of his work for some time and we continue that trait, with just as much enthusiasm as when fingers first touched Monocle’s multi-substrate pages.

Creative Review Redesign

With the future of editorial design being somewhat in question lately, many predications have come to light concerning how magazine designers foresee the future of editorial design in general. Add the wintry economic climate to the rise in popularity of blogs and online publishing and right there; designers have a motivation to start thinking more carefully about the quality of their magazines – both in content and format. To quote Nicolas Bourquin – founder and creative director of onlab, who are responsible for the vastly popular Domus publication – ‘We are experiencing a fascinating epoch. its a hard time for magazines, but a fabulous time for editorial design.’ A paradox, you might think.

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George Lois

Having had much of his work presented lately, from a MoMA exhibit, to the occasional blog revisiting it. Especially his work for Esquire magazine, George Lois is in the consciousness and for much reason. His work is amazing. Not that I need to supplement that consciousness anymore but I thought the Hug should give a Hug to some of that amazing. Here are a few covers that perhaps have not seen as much light of day as that iconic Muhammad Ali cover. Hugs.

The Gentlewoman

The Gentlewoman is the lady counterpart to Dutch magazine Fantastic Man.

Nazine Magazine

Had the great pleasure of meeting the person behind this wonderful publication. Soon to be released stateside. Looks like we will also be honored to be carrying this zine soon. Keep a look out in the right column! Looking lovely and many hugs. Nazine.

FHM all over again

Interesting little interview here about the recent re-design of a personal classic of mine – FHM Magazine. Refreshing to hear a designer plain speaking, for a change, as opposed to being over post-rational about the design process. Also looks like they’ve done a great job too.