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Editorial design ♥
October 15, 2014, 8:52 am
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I’m spending a bit of time reacquainting myself with editorial design. It is my fave of all the graphic design disciplines, because it is of great importance that the designer him/herself is a great storyteller and understands how to perfectly visualize the written word. I also love it because it’s a very limited space, you might have a maximum of 4 spreads to pull out all the stops to make it eyecandy and a great companion for the copy, and then it’s on to the next thing. Maybe my own impatience finds this especially appealing ;-)

Lately I’ve discovered the amazingly talented Benjamin Barend Bours who’s a designer at GQ. I’m in awe! These opening spreads are perfect examples of my rant above. You could not switch the styles of ANY of these, because they tell the story so well. Actually, I think that might be a great way to put a design to the test; see if it would work on another story, if it does, it’s not specific enough, maybe even generic. But Benjamins work is definitely no such thing. I’m a fan!

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August 12, 2011, 9:03 am
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Well today is the last day of my summer break, so on monday I’m back at school preparing for a new horde of students. Beginning of the year is always great fun!

But today I wanna advertise another blog, it’s one of my faves at the moment, and if you love magazine as much as me you will love it too. Coverjunkie collects loads of covers and the great thing about that is that it’s the big wellknown mags, but also obscure niche magazines that you might never have heard of. It’s a great source of inspiration if you’re in editorial design. Thanks Coverjunkie!

Here’s just a small selection of what you can find, see more:

November 23, 2010, 10:10 am
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BIG smile on my face today because I’ve just found TUSH, a German lifestyle magazine focusing mainly on aesthetics and fashion. It’s a great magazine and I love their photo and editorial style. I’m gonna go straight to the newsstand and INSIST that he orders it for me. YIPEEE!!! Also quite good and simple website with photo from each edition working as a background image.

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Magazine conference in CPH 2
November 10, 2010, 10:06 am
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Well what a day it was yesterday, I was brimming with inspiration when the day was over and I think it might just have been the best Magazine Conference yet. Good job Niels for picking the speakers! So I already showed you a few bits but I just wanna share a few more peices because inspiration just kept coming after lunch too. My faves were definitely Texas Monthly and Cut Magazine (which I am definitely subscribing too!). SO much great work.

Magazine Conference in CPH
November 9, 2010, 12:12 pm
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Today I’m all giddy with excitement, the reason is that I’m at the annual magazine conference at the Danish School of Media and Journalism (my workplace). The day has started out GREAT and I’m just giving you a quick post while I’m shoving lunch into my mouth. We’ve seen design from Popular Mechanics and Women’s Health and both talks were amazing! Can’t wait to hear more, so gotta run!

My Animal Farm
April 29, 2010, 6:00 am
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I’ll forgive you for not knowing but today is post number 500 of this whole shabang (am celebrating with a cup of lukewarm school kitchen coffee). At 400 I posted my own website, just because I could, and I’m gonna be totally opportunistic and show you my newest editorial experiment today.

I did an homage to Danish band Alphabeat over the weekend because I had a song by them stuck in my head. Also, I AM still a designer even though I work at a design school, and I need to get my hands greasy sometimes too. That’s why I love doing self initiated stuff. I found the wonderful photos by Miles Aldridge (see post here on Inspiration Lab) and used them as inspiration for the overall design. I wonder if the band would like it :-)

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SPD 44
April 26, 2010, 11:24 am
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I FINALLY got my hands on the SPD 44th annual. Seriously, these books are my dearest possesions. Brimming with inspiration, they are a must have if you’re into editorial design. Just have a look at these lovely spreads. Now I’m just waiting for the 45th annual :-)

You can buy the book on Amazon.


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