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SPD cover of the day: New York Magazine

Just in time for NYC Fashion week, SPD’s Cover of the Day will highlight the best fashion magazine covers all week.  Check back daily for a portfolio of brilliant magazine covers from around the world. New York Magazine  Design Director: Thomas Alberty Photography Director: Jody Quon Photographer: Erik Madigan Heck

SPD: Cover of the Day: Monday Edition

British GQ  December 2013  Creative Director: Paul Solomons Guest Art Director: Damien Hirst Editor: Dylan Jones Photographer: Mariano Vivanco

SPD: Cover of the day

New York, September 16,  2013  Design Director:  Thomas Alberty Photo Editor:  Jody Quon Photographer:  Christopher Anderson   More at SPD

Achtung Baby!

ACHTUNG,  10th Anniversary Issue Editors:  Markus Ebner, Godfrey Deeny Design Director:  Anton Ioukhnovets Photographers: Ralph Mecke (red coat), Alexey Kiselev (black&white) SPD

Newspapers without photographer? This might not work.

Above, the Chicago Sun-Times‘ front page the day after its local hockey team took home the Stanley Cup. Below, the Chicago Tribune‘s front page that very same day. This is what happens to a newspaper when it makes the decision to fire all of its photographers, as the Sun-Times did in May, and replace them … Continue reading

NYT’s front-page Instagram

Nick Laham “took what space I could get and worked with it” to capture of New York Yankees players on the team’s photo day. So yes. That was me in the locker room bathroom shooting portraits of the New York Yankees players with my iPhone. He processed the photos with Instagram, and one ended up … Continue reading

Sports Illustrated Cover

  The cover of Sports Illustrated this week. The man in that photo is 78-year-old Bill Iffrig. He actually got up and finished the race. Sports Illustrated, April 17, 2013 Creative Director: Chris Hercik Photographer: John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe SPD team spoke with CD Chris Hercik about SI’s powerful cover of Monday’s tragic bombings at the Boston … Continue reading

People Magazine – Special Editions

These unique issues are made with unique content including custom design, typography, photography and illustration. The mission of these special issues is different from that of the weekly mag and the design reflects this. The art director has to exercise a whole new set of design muscles to produce something truly custom which is also … Continue reading

The New Economics of Photojournalism: Online Photography Workshops

Swedish photographer JH Engström has been running photography workshops for the past 15 years, teaching groups of 10-15 photographers for five days in Paris, Berlin or New York. It’s intense, but he loves it, he says. “You get to know the students and their work, and they get to know you too. In most cases, we develop a … Continue reading

12/31/2012: Newsweek Shutting Down Print Edition

After 80 years in print, Tina Brown, Newsweek editor-in-chief has announced that the magazine’s last  issue will be published December 31, 2012. Newsweek announcement: We are announcing this morning an important development at Newsweek and The Daily Beast. Newsweek will transition to an all-digital format in early 2013. As part of this transition, the last print edition in … Continue reading

BACK to BASICS: Portraits

Portraits of people are one of the first elements of the photography used in newspapers.


Newspaper typefaces require a higher legibility then typefaces used for other printed products. Newspaper are printed on a paper of lesser quality under high speed.

Typography: x-heigh

In typography, x-heigh refers to the heigh of lower case letters without upper or lower parts when compared to capital letters...

How to redesign 1

Good redesign is driven by a deep understanding of the editorial mission of the publication.

Headline on photographs

The eternal dilemma! Dilemma of all editors on the planet Earth – to put or not put the headline or any kind of type in the photo.

Design Facts

Three elements that will greatly help you to understand how readers are observing you.

Typeface: NY Times Magazine

Sunday Magazine is an expansive family of fonts for information in tiny spaces and headlines at large sizes.


When, why and whether to use infographic. The basic fact is that infographic refresh the publication, and it contributes to originality of your product.

Get to know your readers

We have moved from a solid to a fluid phase of modernity, in which nothing keeps its shape, and social forms are constantly changing at great speed...

Designer George Lois

“I always knew I was the most talented kid in the school, ” says George Lois of his time at Music and Art. “I was lucky to be exposed to the city’s best art education"...

A well-designed publication

Everything that a well-designed publication must have...

Design Theory

There is no design theory and definition. There are only basic principles that are the base for recording designers ideas and imagination on the paper, tablet or your web.




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