Design in 2016 – what will editorial design look like?

As part of our series on the future of design in 2016 MagCulture founder Jeremy Leslie looks at what will happen in editorial design over the next 12 months.


What will 2016 hold for packaging?

“I like to strike a positive tone in these round-ups but this year I feel less upbeat. Not because there won’t be some great magazine moments in 2016 – the independent scene continues to go from strength to strength (look out for new issues of The Gentlewoman, The Gourmand and Mushpit) and there’s a new generation of branded magazines (Rapha’s Mondial, Fedriogni’s Pulp, Penguin’s Happy Reader) doing great things in print. But this year is the year of reckoning for the big publishers. It’s decision time: stick or twist? And how many free mags can tube travellers support?”

What was your favourite editorial design in 2015?

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“My favourite editorial find of 2015 was Rubbish Famzine, an occasional publication from Singapore that changes form every issue. The latest issue cleverly combines several small booklets screwed into a wooden flower press; each separate part deals in different ways with Singapore’s obsession with gardens and planting. It’s well-researched, well-designed and neatly demonstrates that a magazine is a collection of parts.”

Discover more of 2015’s biggest editorial projects:

“Print’s not dead and it’s not going anywhere” – Matt Willey on magazines

“Women don’t do comics just for women”

Charlie Smith Design creates Alexander McQueen book

Vangardist – a special-edition magazine printed with HIV+ blood

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