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The 10 best graphic design magazines from around the world
We know that today everything is online, everything digital is the hype, and creative inspiration is just a click away. Still, we're not giving up the pressure. Not now. And we think you shouldn't either. Why? Because there are some incredible, influential, inspiring Print magazines out there and it would be a shame to miss it.
So we've compiled a list of the top 10 graphic design magazines from around the world that we'd like to bring you here. All you have to do is choose your favorite publications (if you haven't already done so), go to the nearest bookstore or newsstand, and start reading.
You can of course order problems online too, and then the next time your print job arrives at your doorstep, have a cup of coffee and enjoy yourself while you turn these pages.
There's no feeling like a freshly printed magazine at your fingertips, would you agree?
Well, are you ready to spend quality time reading about graphic design?
We hope you are.
The list follows.
EYE (LONDON, UK)
Anyone interested in informative, creative, and critical writing on the subject of graphic design should never read an edition of the Eye magazine miss. It is a quarterly magazine about the international design scene that has been published since 1990. It was created for professional designers, students, and enthusiasts who just like to immerse themselves in the insights of visual culture. The columns include book design, branding, critical thinking, design history, illustration, information design, typography, and new media, to name a few. Eye Magazine is available in all premium design bookstores in the UK or can be ordered online. For each issue there is an official Vimeo page with the name Eye before you buy, for a preview in the magazine.
COMMUNICATION ARTS (CALIFORNIA, USA)
Advertising, interactive design, photography, illustration and typography are different areas of the publication Communication Arts. This magazine is a good resource when it comes to graphic design inspiration for everyone involved in visual communication. It's really popular and it's a lot more than just a magazine.
Founded in 1959 by Richard Coyne and Robert Blanchard, The Communication Arts is a three generation family company dedicated to inspiring all visual communicators. In addition, in 1990 the Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation founded to increase diversity in visual communication. The foundation currently funds 17 programs administered by educational institutions and nonprofits, and the Communication Arts also organizes various annual competitions.
The last edition of Communication Arts is devoted to typography
GRAPHIC (SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA)
The first edition of the Graphic magazine was released in Seoul in 2007. It was only in the Korean language until the 8th edition, but since the No. 9 edition it has been published in both Korean and English, and it is currently being distributed in South Korea and Europe with the expectation of expanding its sphere of influence in countries in North America and beyond.
Graphic magazine focuses on graphic design trends, but not mainstream trends. Rather, alternatives and creative phenomena are described, the characteristic approach of which is characteristic of a certain topic per topic.
It is an independent publication with no financial support from sponsors, advertisements, or government organizations. Hence, it delivers much more high quality design journalism coming from creative, independent and emancipated writers and editors.
Graphic magazine inside
NOVUM - WORLD OF GRAPHIC DESIGN (MUNICH, GERMANY)
In every issue of the premium monthly magazine novum - World of Graphic Design find the best of contemporary graphic design, illustration, photography, corporate design and typography, as well as new talent in the field. Has been offering for over 90 years novelty an inspiring bilingual mix of international graphic design and advertising.
Within each issue there is a separate section called novum pluswho pays close attention to a specific area of graphic design such as print design, illustration and typography. In this additional area, every aspect of the topic is covered by technical experts, clients and designers, making this entire publication a truly collectable design object and a relevant reference source.
The March 2018 theme came out recently and it's all covered in gold with a special new type of printing technique. There is no special reason for this, the editors have just decided to get a little luxury out of the stories of graphic design. And why not? It looks amazing, do you agree?
Novum magazine, March 2018 issue
Novum magazine, March 2018 issue
Inside of Novum magazine, February 2018 issue
HOW + PRINT (FLORIDA, USA)
The Print magazineis a well-known graphic design publication that was founded in 1940. Print focuses on broad perspectives on visual culture from publishing design to interactive work, motion graphics, corporate branding, exhibitions, illustration and social design. Many established experts regularly contribute to this publication by catching up on the latest trends and sharing their views on the importance of design in today's world.
HOW magazine is a publication within the same group of companies as print. HOW started in 1985 as a pure print version and has since developed into a design education platform. Its job is to deliver critical business intelligence, cutting-edge technology tips, and influencer profile. It's an award-winning magazine that goes along with organizing design competitions, HOW University's online design course, and publishing design books these days.
Please note: We have some bad news here. Print and HOW magazines recently announced that they have discontinued their print publications and are no longer accepting orders for these titles. You can still order some of the specific issues, however, and you can always go through their digital archives to find a tremendous amount of quality items. The last printed edition of the print magazine was winter 2017, and the last of HOW will be the spring 2018 edition.
Print magazine, special edition
IDN (HONG KONG, CHINA)
The IdN magazine appears in Hong Kong, but with English translations for each article. Here you will find everything about motion graphics, product design, publications, book design and other areas of graphic creative practice. The name IdN is an abbreviation of International Designer’s Network, as this publication is an international publication for creative people who want to strengthen and unify the design community. It's naughty. It is different. And we warmly recommend it.
IdN magazine, website screenshot
KOMMA MAGAZINE (MANNHEIM, GERMANY)
The comma magazines emerged from the platform for student work at the Mannheim University of Applied Sciences - University of Technology and Design. But even if it is a student publication that is published by student editors with constant change of authors, it is a magazine with very high-quality texts, unique topics and guest works by various designers. It is also a place for the publication of Bachelor and Master theses, so it also becomes the field of graphic design theory. It's free to publish, and if you're among designers, agencies, and creative offices who are on their mailing list, they'll get a copy of every issue you receive as soon as it comes out.
comma magazine, website screenshot
A NEW TYPE OF IMPRINT (OSLO, NORWAY)
A New Type of Imprint is a magazine and project that curates creative culture and graphic design. It was created in 2014 by the Oslo-based agency Anti founded and today represents the print publication, the web magazine, the curation, consulting and production services for employees on all platforms. As the editors of this magazine say, they believe in great stories and brilliant design, and they celebrate the creative community currently working in Norway as well as Norwegian designers working abroad.
Cover of New Type of Imprint Vol. 12
HOLO MAGAZINE (TORONTO, CANADA)
More than 200 pages of personal encounters with leading designers, practitioners, creative studio profiles from around the world and analyzes by prominent experts from the art and design niche make up every issue of the HOLO magazinea thorough record of trends and paradigms by combining long forms of journalism and striking photography in premium print. HOLO is from Creative Applications Network and represents the twice-yearly kaleidoscopic mix of emerging trends in contemporary art, science and technology, as HOLO editors like to emphasize. As the saying goes, it's about designing and prototyping fantastic futures that are inscribed in front of our eyes.
IDEA (TOKYO, JAPAN)
IDEA magazine was first published in Tokyo in 1953. It has been published quarterly since then and focuses on visual communication, graphic design and typography. It brings some serious problems to the table as it tries to portray all of the design perspectives that coexist in Japan. All text in IDEA magazine is published in both Japanese and English, and the magazine is available for the annual overseas subscription.
Inside of the issue of IDEA magazine
Inside of the issue of IDEA magazine
We hope you found your favorites. Which one do you like the most? Are there any other graphic design magazines you enjoy reading? Which? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section located below the article.
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