Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Reading Suggestions: Graphic Design Industry Magazines

3X3 Magazine

Charles Hively's mission to see illustration recognised as powerful visual medium. Lots of good advice on freelance practice and insights into designers thinking methods. International perspective.

Here's what they say about themselves "3x3, the first magazine devoted entirely to the art of contemporary illustration. Three times a year we take an in-depth look at art and environment of three illustrators. We explore their influences. How they work with clients. How they got their first big break. Each article is written by a fellow illustrator who knows exactly what our audience wants to hear. From the U.S. to Europe, Asia, or wherever, we’ll stay tuned to what’s going on the world of illustration. We’ll feature four or more new talents in every issue, they might be right out of school or are just now beginning to make a name for themselves or illustrators we find that have a truly unique take on the art of illustration. Plus we’ll showcase the recent work of as many as sixteen of the best illustrators in every issue. Selection will be by invitation only. And we’ll even offer signed original artwork or prints for sale. All in all it’ll be eighty pages of the best illustration has to offer, including guest articles by artist reps Vicki Morgan and Gail Gaynin, a feature on a living artist who has made and impact on the industry, an in-depth look at a recent advertising campaign that has successfully used illustration and an ongoing feature where we ask our featured artists the same twenty questions. 3x3 will be published three times each year: Fall/Winter, Spring and Summer.

Our Mission
Our mission is to spotlight the best international artists working today and encourage a new focus on the use of illustration by the advertising and design communities."

AOI's Varoom Magazine

The promotion of Illustration as a subject for serious intellectual study.

Here's what they say about themselves "What unites haute couture and political posters? Uptown luxury department store window-dressing and downtown graffiti art? Retail packaging and computer games?

The 21st Century has chosen illustration to be its defining art form, and Varoom is the perfect platform. The award-winning contemporary illustration magazine, relaunchs this summer with a fantastic new design and expanded editorial content.

Varoom will continue to report and comment on the contemporary ‘illustrated’ image in modern society, featuring interviews with illustrators, image-makers and designers and revealing critical articles on different aspects of contemporary illustration by leading commentators.

Varoom tracks the very latest in the world of illustration, discovering the new styles, exploring the world of illustrators and the people who commission them, digging deep into the big social, political and cultural ideas expressed in current illustration. Showing the most exciting, provocative, moment-defining work, and revealling the creative and human stories
behind it.

Varoom is edited by journalist, copywriter and writer John O’Reilly and art directed and designed by highly-regarded design team Studio Fernando Gutiérrez."

Centaur Publishing's Creative Review

30 years of mostly bigging up the advertising industry but they do showcase illustration, typography and product design.
Here's what they say about themselves "Creative Review magazine was launched in London in 1980. We now have subscribers in over 80 countries and readers online in over 120.
The aim of Creative Review is to inspire, inform and stimulate debate among our readers in graphic design, advertising, digital media, illustration, photography and all other fields of visual communication worldwide. We do this in a number of ways.
At the heart of what we do remains the printed, monthly magazine. In addition, the website extends our content to embrace filmed reports and interviews (in the CRTV section), the CR Blog and Feed, our showcase section which allows registered users of the site to upload their work to appear alongside projects chosen by CR editorial staff.
We run three juried awards schemes – The Annual, the Photography Annual and our latest, the Illustration Annual.
To assist the next generation of creative practitioners, we run Creative Futures, our annual showcase of new talent. We have been staging Creative Futures for nearly 20 years, in which time it has given valuable support to the careers of some of today's leading names.
Click is our conference for those working in digital advertising. It has rapidly established itself as a leader in its field attracting the top names in the industry as speakers and participants. This year, Click will run in three cities – Singapore, New York and London.
Monograph is Creative Review's exclusive monthly publication for magazine subscribers. Each month, this 20 page, A5 booklet features a personal project or collection of inspirational images or objects. In 2008, Monograph earned a silver at the 87th Art Directors Club Awards in New York."

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