I love magazines. The smell, the feeling of paper between my fingers and being able to tear out things to keep – all things that you can’t get from looking at a screen. Sure, I love living in a digital age with the world at our fingertips, but I couldn’t imagine learning to read from a Kindle instead of a book.
You all know that I’m a big supporter of print; Print Isn’t Dead! So when magazine.co.uk asked me if I wanted to talk about some magazines, well I wasn’t going to say no was I? I’ve subscribed to 3 magazines, the first to arrive being Computer Arts. It feels like it’s been a while since I last got my hands on a copy of Computer Arts – I used to read it all the time in the University library. I have a big stash of magazines at my parents house that an older student offered me for free so I trekked across Lincoln with a granny trolley to pick them up – they were pretty heavy, but worth it!
So after getting reacquainted with Computer Arts, I wanted to share my favourite bits and bobs:
I’ve shown/talked about these beautiful HAY dishes before in my Paperchase Stamp post, but they’re only now appearing in Computer Arts? I must have set the trend… obviously.
The main article is about the future of typography, and discusses the different movements/evolutions of letterforms and the written word. The page below caught my eye, obviously because of the triangles – if I was to design a font I think this is the kind of route I’d have gone down.
One thing that I really like about Computer Arts, is the way that they involve designers; opinions, interviews, features etc. I’m nosy so I like to know what other people think and love discussions with different points of view – something I can really get my teeth into and think about for an hour or twelve…
And having the ‘your views’ section is a cool idea too; a great opportunity for readers to get involved and featured in the magazine.
The newest Sephora packaging is pretty cool – playful and fun. It kinda reminds me of the beautiful Topshop make up pakcaging by Sarah Thorne – anyone else?
These ‘behind the scenes’ articles are probably my favourite, because I’m always so curious to find out how other creatives work. I think that to become a better designer you should never stop learning, and what better way to learn than to look at the processes of brilliant creatives.
Last but not least, I just wanted to share the feature on 36 days of type by Nina Sans & Rafa Giocochea. Similar to #The100DayProject which I have been undertaking recently (I’m at day 97 now – eeek!), dedicating yourself to a project where you’re creating and posting specific content everyday is great fun but so hard! If you’ve been following my #100days of triangles I’m sure you will have seen me struggle and then try to pick myself up again a couple of times because of the pressure, especially when you’re doing it in the public eye. Ty
As you can probably tell, I really enjoyed reading the July issue! Of course there’s still a lot of content that I didn’t share so if you like what you saw, treat yourself and subscribe to Computer Arts to get your own copy delivered to your door every month!
Want to see more magazine reviews? Check out all of the other bloggers involved at The Hub and look out for my next magazine review – any guesses to the other 2 magazines that I’ve chosen to subscribe to?
This post is in collaboration with magazine.co.uk, but as always views are 100% my own!