Books on Magazine Design

popovich's picture

Hello everybody,

wow, it has been a long time since my last post here.
I am back to you with quite an easy question for the ones, who do this. Just look over your shoulder: what books do you recommend for those, working on the concept, both visual and business, of a magazine?

To this moment I have purchased:
"How Now to Start a Magazine" by B.Ann Bell (already read)
"Starting and Running a Successful Newsletter or Magazine" by Cheryl Woodard (now reading)
"Merz to Emigre and beyond" by Steven Heller

From me summer reading I will most probably re-read "The Education of an Art Director" by Steven Heller. "Exercises in Style" by Raymond Queneau will probably also be purchased on the nearest occasion.

But I guess, there are more, which are worth investing in. Or are there?

Thanks a lot!


hrant's picture

"MagCulture: new magazine design" by Jeremy Leslie is cool.


seventy7's picture

For some creative inspiration, check out "Magazine Design That Works" and "Publication Design Workbook," both published by Rockport. Timothy Samara wrote "Publication Desing Workbook" and you seem to be a fan of his work ("Making and Breaking the Grid" was by him), so maybe that's a good fit.

Yes, I browsed your Web site. Very nice. I hope to look around more thoroughly when I'm not at work...

popovich's picture

thanks, hrant. already looking at it.

sevety7, thanks for the warm words. :)
however, timothy samara is not my favourite author. that book on grids hasn't featured the best layout - my eyes get moist when I try to read that light gray text on glossy stock. But I'll still take a look at that book you've mentioned; hopefully his style got easier on reader. Thanks!

popovich's picture

No, it didn't.

From a review @ amazon for "PDW":
"My only gripe would be that... the type used for the main text is too light and hard to read! - which kind of contradicts the subject?"


seventy7's picture

Yes, the text is definitely a strain on the eyes.

The case studies and content make it worth the purchase IMHO.

marcox's picture

For a purely visual review of good magazine design, pick up a copy of the the Society of Publication Designers' annual.

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