Monday, January 21

From Ms. Dash

OK so here goes. This is my second experience with this blog thingy. My first was asking health questions on my cousin's wife's blog to help her get a good grade in her nursing class. It was kind of a family duty but she did get a good grade.

Sooooooooooo these things have a tendency to make my mind go blank. I stare at the screen wiggle my nose like Samantha Stevens and try to think design thoughts.

I have a tendency to ramble. Here goes... :-)

So I suppose you want to know what kind of magazines I read. I will pretty much pick up anything and read it, even books without pictures. (Magazines, newspapers, science fiction...right now dragon stuff.) I suppose the magazine I read most often is the Sunday NYT Magazine that's inserted into the paper. The fashion inserts are cool too. The headline designs are usually minimalist yet quirky. They do a lot with a little and I enjoy the designers' sensitivity to the content of the stories. (And did I say great storytelling through photography as well as strong writing?)

I think there is a great deal to be learned about the design needs of a variety of audiences—no matter what kind of design you are doing—in magazines. Looking at only cool stuff is great but you run the risk of developing a narrow perspective. If you are truly excited about your job prospects in editorial design start looking at tons —I mean loads — of magazines and newspapers.

Just a note: when you start looking at the bad stuff and you can't help but start to redesign it in your head, you're hooked.

You might not think to pick these magazines up and read them they're definitely not cool but I dare you anyway. Try Family Circle, Woman's Day and AARP Magazine. AARP is the world's largest circulation magazine. Great organization, not overly designed but nice attention to type. It has great variety of interesting stories and info as well as great illustration. It is for over 50 and it is fun. What a concept? My Mom gets it. It's a free read and surprisingly up beat.

Yea I occasionally buy Real Simple but in the end after I read it I realize just how disorganized my life is and I need a good dose of Us and People. There is nothing like a little out of hand B. S. to make you feel like you've got it all together.

Love Halvorsen. I could marry Halvorsen. Expansion not so much. I think on the third date I would complain of a headache and go home early.

Ms. Dash

Ms. Dash left this in the comments of my last post, but I thought it was certainly worthy enough to be a post of its very own. *wink*

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love Nylon magazine because of the content of their mags and also the layouts. They often use collages to showcase clothes and different products that they are promoting for that issue. The collages usually have a feel or theme to them. For ex: la la land, austin power, new york doll, etc. Other fashion magazines I read are vogue, W and Elle. Usually W has the most cutting edge fashion ads and they are a nice size. Nothing tops the September issue of W.
For reading purposes I like the New Yorker. The design of it is understated and classic. They always have a cool illustration on the cover and hilarious cartoons throughout each issue. The Fiction stories are great too.
The New York Times Style Magazine is another favorite of mine. It comes in the newspaper once in a while. The typography is always very tasteful. The gothic letter T is repeated throughout the issue in various places. The Talk is one of my favorite features. They have three definitions of words. This season was

enviro-nazi- noun/ a person who imposes his or her environmental activism on friends and family, as in- "She's such an environazi that she won't use paper plates, so we had to lug china for 12 to the picnic last weekend."

patina- noun a green or brown film on metals like bronze, caused by oxidation over a long period of time. e.g. "The vintage Aalto chairs have a lot of wear and tear but we couldn't resist them because they have a patina that the other ones don't."

rowdyism-n./a spirit of noisiness and disorderly conduct condemned by the Victorians but embraced by today's parlour-game-playing sophisticates, who use the games as an excuse to behave badly, as in,- "The last round of mafia disintegrated into rowdyism when the hostess annihilated her husband."