There are countless blogs and community sites for web and graphic designers, with new ones popping up every day. However, in spite of the tremendous expansion of the Internet, the power of the printed word remains strong and popular.
Print media is where it all began and today there are some amazing design magazines that can really boost our productivity and expand our design knowledge. They can serve as an excellent addition for learning new techniques, staying up-to-date, and for inspiration. In addition to their printed versions, some magazines also offer online versions on their websites as well as PDF downloads.
In this post you’ll find 21 publications, as complied by Vandelay Design, with some basic information on each (the descriptions shown below come directly from the websites of each publication.)
| .net Magazine
“.net is the world’s best-selling magazine for web designers and developers, featuring tutorials from leading agencies, interviews with the web’s biggest names, and agenda-setting features on the hottest issues affecting the internet today. If you’re serious about web design, then .net is the magazine for you!”
| Photoshop User
“Photoshop User is the official magazine of NAPP and comes delivered to your door (or inbox) with your NAPP membership. Published 10-times a year (plus bonus issues), Photoshop User is widely recognized as the most trusted resource for Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom training, advice, and how-to information for the graphic design, photography, and digital arts worlds.”
| Computer Arts
“Computer Arts, the world’s best-selling magazine for digital artists and designers, boasts a strong line-up of tutorials every issue, covering everything from manipulating photographs with Photoshop to creating amazing vector illustrations with Illustrator. You’ll also find tonnes of tips and tricks for web design, typography, 3D, animation, motion graphics and multimedia. It’s the one-stop shop for professional advice.”
| Web Design Essentials
| Web Designer
“Web Designer is the premier magazine for aspiring online creative’s and industry professionals. The monthly title offers cutting-edge practical projects spanning XHTML, CSS, Flash and WordPress as well as hosting features and interviews with the web community’s most influential people. Each issue also has a dedicated Industry section covering news and views from the trade, website showcases featuring the finest design talent and a free CD of valuable resources.”
| Advanced Photoshop
“Advanced Photoshop magazine is the perfect magazine for polishing up already great Photoshop skills. Aimed towards Adobe Photoshop professionals and enthusiasts, every issue prides itself on its unbeatable quality and sophisticated content. Every month you can have the chance to develop your techniques with a bunch of creative and challenging Masterclass and Workshop tutorials. Our intention is to give you the chance to learn new tricks and fine-tune your skills.”
| Digital Arts
“Digital Arts is the magazine for switched-on creatives, featuring a wealth of tutorials and techniques across illustration, vector art, digital painting, animation, graphic and interactive design. It also brings you detailed insight into the latest trends and hottest projects from the world’s leading artists.”
“HOW Magazine helps designers, whether they work for a design firm, for an in-house design department or for themselves, be more inspired, more creative and more successful. HOW Magazine is a designer’s source for:
Design inspiration: More than 500 award-winning print & interactive projects. Career advice: Real-world tips on building your portfolio and advancing your design career. Business guidance: Expertise on managing your freelance business or design firm. Creative connections: Hear from design stars about the hows and whys of their best work”.
“Paint amazing imagery with the help of our in-depth workshops, get answers to all your digital art questions and delve into the mind of your favourite fantasy artists. From the videos, workshop files and exclusive art resources on the DVD to the expert reviews of the latest hardware and software, each issue is positively bursting with digital art goodies.”
| 3D World
“3D World is the best-selling international magazine for 3D artists, covering the fields of animation, VFX, games, illustration and architecture. Each issue provides analysis of latest trends in the market, artistic and technical advice, impartial product reviews, and exclusive behind-the-scenes articles on the making of key projects in this fast-paced industry. For those wanting to improve their technical skills, the magazine provides tutorials, tips and step-by-step guides covering every major 3D software package, from freeware to professional applications such as 3ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, LightWave 3D and Softimage.”
| 2D Artist
“2DArtist is the magazine for CG artists around the globe, whether you already work in 2D or are just getting started. Each issue is full of techniques, tutorials, interviews, articles, project overviews and galleries – providing the perfect platform from which to improve your 2D skills, learn from the professionals and get inspiration for your next project.
Every 2DArtist issue is over 90 pages long and the magazines are released once a month as downloadable PDFs through the 3DTotal Download Manager. Available by single issue or subscription, 2DArtist is your ultimate CG resource – giving you access to all the latest news and practical tips and tricks that will give your work the edge over the competition.”
| Before & After
“Before & After magazine has been sharing its practical approach to graphic design since 1990. Because our modern world has made designers of us all (ready or not), Before & After is dedicated to making graphic design understandable, useful and even fun for everyone.”
| CMYK Magazine
“CMYK Magazine is where aspiring creatives showcase their talents to an industry driven by inspiration and new ways of creative problem solving. At the same time, CMYK Magazine is where creative directors, agency principals and art buyers recruit students and recent graduates at today’s top art-design schools: art directors, copywriters, designers, photographers and illustrators.”
| Communication Arts
“Communication Arts magazine is the leading trade journal for visual communications. It’s the largest creative magazine in the world and showcases the top work in graphic design, advertising, illustration, photography and interactive design. Since 1959, more graphic designers, art directors, creative directors, commercial photographers and illustrators have turned to Communication Arts for ideas and inspiration than to any other creative publication. What makes Communication Arts so special? Our unique combination of respected juried Annuals, in-depth profiles in our multi-topic issues and numerous informative columns makes Communication Arts the premier publication to cover all aspects of visual communications.”
“Eye is the world’s most beautiful and collectable graphic design journal, published quarterly for professional designers, students and anyone interested in critical, informed writing about graphic design and visual culture.”
“Since its inception in 2001, Faesthetic has grown from a photocopied zine into a high-quality arts magazine with international participation and readership. The artists are provided compelling themes and the challenges of a limited color palette, creating unexpected results.
“Faesthetic is committed to providing an accessible showcase for some of the best in new creativity and art. We embrace traditional and modern expression—including graffiti, photography and illustration.”
“Published since 1954, I.D. Magazine is America’s leading critical magazine covering the art, business, and culture of design. Winner of five National Magazine Awards, the publication appears seven times a year. Issues include the Annual Design Review (America’s oldest and most prestigious juried design-recognition program) as well as the I.D. 40, and Design + Business.”
“Since 1961, PrintAction has been providing comprehensive analysis of local and global issues affecting the people in the graphic communications industry. Each month PrintAction through its parent company, Youngblood Publishing, delivers unmatched content about the strategies and aspirations of Canada’s most innovative and technologically sound printing companies. Combining independently researched news with the most interesting personalities and applications, PrintAction is the magazine read most by the professionals of Canada’s graphic arts industry.”
“Print is a bimonthly magazine about visual culture and design. Founded in 1940 by William Edwin Rudge, Print is dedicated to showcasing the extraordinary in design on and off the page. Covering a field as broad as communication itself—publication and book design, animation and motion graphics, corporate branding and rock posters, exhibitions and street art—Print covers commercial, social, and environmental design from every angle. Engagingly written by cultural reporters and critics who look at design in its social, political, and historical contexts, Print explores why our world looks the way it looks, and why the way it looks matters.”
| Graphic Design USA
“Graphic Design USA is a monthly news and information magazine for and about the professional design community including graphic design firms, corporate and publishing inhouse departments, advertising agencies, institutions and non-profits, and other creative businesses and organizations.”
“Juxtapoz is a monthly magazine that covers contemporary artists who deserve crucial attention. These are the artists who push the envelope to redefine originality. They are independent thinkers, they are infinitely creative, and their artwork engages the viewer with complex levels of meaning and aesthetic interest.”