The 15+ Best Magazines for Print Designers
There is a wealth of information for graphic designers of all stripes to be found on the web, but nothing beats the in-depth articles (not to mention the sensory benefits) of a good graphic design mag. Inkd has a bevy of resources, but our favorite remains the bound stacks scattered around the office.
Some magazines are highly focused on graphic design, some are great for general inspiration. Many have at least annual calls for design and competition. Most also have free trials and discounts for designers belonging to organizations or for students, and all of these magazines have resource rich companion websites.
So read on below, share your favorites with us, and maybe bookmark this one. Here are the top resources you can find in print, and about print, that we keep on our shelves.
Print Focused Graphic Design Magazines
The top graphic design mags on newsstands and public libraries everywhere:
Design Related and Inspiring
Some of the most widely available mags that are generally design inspired, and certainly inspiring to graphic designers:
Regarded as the one of the highest authorities on design and style, and continually redefining magazine art direction – this publication wins all types awards. Page after page of just stunning design.
A terrific art and design showcase. Born during the explosion of ‘zines during the mid-90’s, this magazine has come a long way and is always fresh and interesting.
Billed as an art and culture magazine, at first glance it might seem like art and counter-culture. A closer look shows some of the most intriguing arts coverage available.
In the same vein as Print and How, International Design Magazine covers the business, and culture of many design disciplines, showcasing more product and industrial design.
Virtual Libraries and PDF Downloads
Many designers are even publishing some wildly creative and useful mags in a virtual format – not just as websites or blogs; check out this directory to find some material to fill your preferred hand-held e-reader:
|PDF Mags – Design
Lots of new material on a range of subjects. The edge of what many organizations are trying with self-publishing, which is bound to bring about info you won’t see anywhere else.
New Magazine Emerging From the Recently Out of Print STEP Inside Design
Not to be disregarded is the recently defunct STEP Inside Design.
|Just last month STEP made an announcement that seemed a blow to print everywhere, that the 25 year old publication just put their last issue on the stands. The world of STEP and sister magazine Dynamic Graphics is combining to launch Create Magazine sometime soon. From their announcement online:
“In short, Create will be everything we hope you value STEP for—only more of it, with a wider perspective on the visual culture of the 21st century.”
Keep your eye out for that.
Do you have a favorite that we missed? We’d love to know about it. We’re fiends for this stuff. Maybe more publications outside the US, UK, and Canada? Share your favorites or comment on ours below.