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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Rockport Publishers Inc. (29 Jun. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564967581
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564967589
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By simon gurney HALL OF FAME on 16 Dec. 2002
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Very high quality book, which serves to inspire by its own design as well as the magazines presented.
Each chapter deconstucts a particuliar magazine, looking at the magazines brief and the ways in which the designers and photographers have chosen to create the magazines look and feel.
the choice of magazines is well thought out and works through a fairly good range of consumer titles, although all the titles are american, this is no bad thing as it affords the british designer a chance to see some designs and layouts which otherwise wouldnt be available.
When short on inspiration a quick flick through will reveal something to inspire, which is all you would ask from such a title.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Vanessa Ho on 25 Jun. 2003
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This full colour book illustrates various examples of good magazine designs. Each design displayed is backed up with explanations into their chosen design and reasons for it. Also very helpful was the section on basic design techniques for a magazine.
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By Jana on 14 Oct. 2014
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very dated so had to return it
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Pretty, but not technical 4 Jan. 2003
By Edward H. Pitts - Published on Amazon.com
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Anyone who is looking for a collection of beautiful magazine pages and spreads might give this 5 stars, but I was hoping that more would be delivered in fulfillment of the subtitle: "Secrets for Successful Magazine Design."
Most of the images are of opening pages/spreads of articles or departments; I noticed no complete layouts, only a few continued pages and only one page that had to accomodate fractional ads. Thus, the emphasis was on art, more than on technique.
Two pages under the title, "Eleven Steps to a Successful Redesign," were heavy on "what-to" rather than "how-to." One of the "steps" is: "Get your inside designers involved." Alright! But folks like me, who has often been able to look in the mirror and say, "Good morning editor, publisher, designer, production manager," that is a beautiful dream.
In short, if you know magazine design and want to consider the artistic approaches of others, this is a book for you. If you are new to magazine design and want to learn its "secrets," you won't discover many here.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Inspirational rather than informative 4 Jun. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book to be a good place to look for inspiration and overall themes. It doesn't get too much into the nitty-gritty, hard-working pages of ads mixed with content, but it does talk about process and consistency of voice. The author lets several editors explain the design choices they made when faced with title relaunches and updates, and how those choices reinforced the type, photography, writing style, and illustrations used. There are rationale breakdowns of section headers, feature articles, grids, typography, photographic styles, etc, for several well-maintained and respected magazines.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Very inspiring 19 Jan. 2005
By Alison K. Mackey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I think a person's appreciation of this book depends on their particular field and learning style. I work as a graphic designer for a number of different hobby magazines, and my learning style is that of a sponge - I see something, I soak it up. This book was PERFECT for me. I like to page through it, soak up the ideas, immerse myself in these various styles of good design before embarking on my own projects. I have a number of design collections, but this is the best one I've seen that's magazine specific. I also found the articles interesting and to the point, but they are more of a supplement to the designs.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Nice imagery, nice thoughts, no technical info 3 Sept. 2006
By TNM - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Briefly looking through this book you can quickly see that it is not a technical design book.

It does a very nice job at praising various popular magazines, and it does highlight fundamental design practices within magazine design.

It is a good overview book. It is also a good book to see many images of successful magazines without having to hunt down various magazines.

However, the problem is the book does not going into the technical process of magazine layout. Magazine layout IS a very technical process that most books don't explain. There is much about the grid - it is extremely important and very under estimated. It is also more simple than most people would think. There is also much about magazine layout and structure this book will not cover. Also about the whole process, from layout to print. There are a MILLION questions and problems that pop-up while designing a magazine. Many considerations and variables that vary. This book does not bring up any of those.

Can you design a magazine after reading this book? No.

Can you evaluate and understand magazines better after reading this book? Yes.

Can you get a feeling for what magazine design is about after reading this book? Yes.

Can you get some great ideas out of this book? Yes. ...you can also get them by looking through quality magazines.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book 18 Feb. 2006
By toast2town - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Very helpful in what's "hot" in magazine design. Covers differnt genres in mag. design. Extensive reasearch and helps generate different design ideas. Only complaint: Took 2 long to recieve. From my order date, it took over a month.
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