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BMW Motorcycle Magazine, Summer 2016

May 13, 2016   /   By Michael Cohen
If you're a subscriber, you should be receiving the Summer 2016 BMW Motorcycle Magazine in the mail shortly. Otherwise, you should head out to your local newsstand and pick up a copy in order to see a true rolling work of art. Revival Cycles based their custom Landspeeder "sculpture" (see pages layouts above) on Ernst […]

Indie magonomics

April 13, 2016   /   By Michael Cohen
Kai Brach gives us his own, personal approach to publishing a small independent magazine: Over the last few years I’ve given numerous talks about what indie publishing means to me. This post is a collection of lessons I’ve learned about the business side of making Offscreen. It’s worth noting that Offscreen is largely a one-man […]

How to Use Way Too Many Typefaces in Your Design

April 13, 2016   /   By Michael Cohen
Khoi Vinh comments on Bethany Heck's The Value of Multi-Typeface Design: This approach is antithetical to almost everything that I believe about how good typography is crafted, and Heck’s results are strike me as nearly alien to my own aesthetic. I would be loathe to advise any young designer to follow her lead. And yet, […]

In magazines, is bigger really better?

April 6, 2016   /   By Michael Cohen
Kate Abnett writing for Business of Fashion: Among fashion and lifestyle magazines, the growing consensus seems to be that bigger is better. […] “Advertisers saw the eyeballs going towards digital and their budgets weren’t going up, so if they were going to follow [readers] to digital, the money had to come from somewhere,” said Beth […]

Popshot magazine brings their cover to life

April 5, 2016   /   By Michael Cohen
Illustrator Thomas Danthony and animator Christopher van Wilson teamed up to bring the cover of Popshot magazine to life. The animated illustration can be seen on YouTube. While it's interesting on YouTube, such effects are attractive and engaging in publication's digital editions. Not just for cover art, but it's something advertisers should think about as well.

This is what graphic design looked like before computers

March 11, 2016   /   By Michael Cohen
Aleks Eror discusses the upcoming documentary, Graphic Means: Pre-digitization, graphic designers had to use scalpels and tracing pads and huge pieces of industrial machinery that look like the sort of things used to make cars, in a process that demanded such precision it’ll make your hands sweat just by looking at it. I'm looking forward […]

BMW Motorcycle Magazine, Spring 2016

February 12, 2016   /   By Michael Cohen
The Spring edition of BMW Motorcycle Magazine has been mailed to subscribers and you should be able to pick up a copy on newsstands within the next couple of weeks. Be sure to check out the feature article, "A Hint of Red," which tells the tale of Erik Christensen and friends rebuilding a vintage 1968 BMW R60/2 motorcycle. […]

How has design changed since 1980?

January 15, 2016   /   By Michael Cohen
Zachary Petit for Print magazine: So, how has design—and especially “award-winning design”—changed over the last three-and-a-half decades? We decided to break out the very first Regional Design Annual and find out. […] Why all the black and white? Cost restrictions made it so that longtime editor Martin Fox and his team could only select a handful […]

A beginner’s guide to kerning

January 10, 2016   /   By Michael Cohen
Janie Kliever at Have you ever looked at a word or phrase you’re typesetting and something just looked off about it? It might just be a kerning problem. Kerning refers to the amount of space between two letters (or other characters: numbers, punctuation, etc.) and the process of adjusting that space to avoid awkward-­looking […]
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