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For a very long time now I have been a great lover of magazines.* Upon
entering design school I obviously had new reasons (and excuses) to continue
with this obsession, or if you like, fetish. Over the years since I have
witnessed great magazines and/or great design, come and go with the tides.
Remember _Interview_ when Tibor Kalman was in charge? It was an amazing
example of great magazine design. And what of _Rolling Stone_ before
Photoshop and Illustrator made some things too easy? Or _Vogue_ during the
height of Supermodeldom? Not to mention anything that Fabian Baron touched,
or so it seemed, in the nineties?
Perhaps my references show my love of a more traditional time, but I really
have many questions and I'll wager others would like to hear a serious
discussion about magazine design and typography. And perhaps while we're at
it we could list out favorites and least favorites. In view of the forum we
are on the list should include both creative director and the typefaces
used.** This discussion, or my guilt, are born out of two recent redesigns
and one wish for involvement in a redesign.
First, _Harper's Bazaar_. I love the magazine, I love Didot, but ... ***
Second, _Fast Company_. I only just recv'd this issue in the mail today, but
Ty' fa is gone The design IMO is still strong, the content not gotten weak.
I suppose when I saw the flag I was a little depressed. I like it, in an of
itself, but there are so many business magazines with sans serif screaming
from the top. I suppose I should hold judgement until I go the bookstore and
see for myself.
Last, what ever happened to _Vogue_?
QUESTION: Do type foundries ever approach publication houses with the
desire to change the look? Or is this considered arrogant? Is it any more
arrogant than a design studio approaching them?
*It is an addiction I picked up very early on in my life starting with my
stacks of _Seventeen_. ** Perhaps a pattern could be shown? *** The word I
have in mind is overkill.