20 Inspiring Magazine Layout Designs
People usually judge a magazine by its cover. However, the key to getting the attention of the readers and make them read the magazine from cover to cover does not depend on the magazine cover design alone but on having an enticing, easy-to-read layout and design for the inside pages. So how do you achieve creative, consistent and visually appealing content for your magazine? Here, we decided to pool together in this post a showcase of 20 creative and beautifully designed inside pages of magazines.
In viewing these examples, be aware and critical about the main elements or factor that we give importance to when designing the inside pages of a magazine such as the typeface used for headlines, sub-headlines and the body, the color palette or combination of colors used, the paragraph style, the folio, the styles applied to images. Another part of the inside page of a magazine the designers frequently give less attention is the table of contents design. These are some of the elements that we set in our templates, master pages or style sheets when doing the layout in Adobe Indesign or other desktop publishing programs in order to create a coherent look for a particular publication or magazine from cover to cover.
We tried our best to include visually appealing, interesting and creative design solutions just in case you are looking for some inspiration in designing the inside pages of a publication, be it a magazine, an annual report or a book. To know more about each design, just click on preview image and it will take you to the portfolio of designers where they were taken. There, you can get additional information such as the type/fonts used, photographs, color combination and most importantly, you will be able to view the larger or high-res version of these magazine layout. Make sure to checkout also the portfolio of each artist for more inspiring examples. I hope everybody will find something interesting in this post. Enjoy!
01: Sneaker News Magazine
Inaugural edition of a premium perfect bound magazine about sneakers. Designed by Brooklyn-based artist Pablo Medina, the magazine talks about history of sneakers, the culture, and the personalities of the sneaker world.
02- The Recorder Magazine
Here is the layout of Monotype’s magazine The Recorder which was relaunched with a whole new look. The magazine, which as first published in 1902 also has a new focus, which is on the important role that typography and type design play in modern design. The magazine features four sections, namely Features, Essays, Profiles, and Opinions which showcase a number of bold typographic layouts and illustrations as well as various monotype fonts.
03- Transworld Surf Redesign
This magazine layout makes use of a photo-driven editorial model, giving the magazine format a new life. The redesign has been intended to create a look of sophistication that does not take itself too seriously.
04: Slanted Magazine – 23rd Issue
This is the 23rd issue of Swiss magazine Slanted. This issue focuses on Swiss graphic design and features an illustrated section called “Helvetica Illustrated”, a photo series of the former Bond-girl, Ursula Andress, among other things.
05- UC Quarterly: Q1-2014
This magazine is published quarterly by UnderConsideration blog, featuring a summary of the most interesting, relevant, and simply fun-to-see projects published each quarter across its network of blogs.
06- GIST Lifestyle Magazine Layout
An attractive photo-filled layout design for a lifestyle magazine GIST. It features varied subjects from fashion to gadgets, as well as health and tourism. As the name suggests, readers can “get the gist” on all the different topics of each issue.
07- MAG IS IN : A Publication Project
A B5-sized perfect-bound magazine layout for a publication that focuses on independent and self published magazines from all over the world. The 10 booklets deals feature colorful layout filled with interesting photos and essays on various topics on the history of independent publications.
08- Eldorado Experience One: Surf Morocco
Here is an interesting layout for a travel magazine that focuses on Surfing. Each issue of this annual magazine features beautiful photography and essays about surfing in a particular place. This issue features Surfing in Morocco.
09- Jeopardy Magazine
A luxurious perfect-bound magazine layout for a publication by Western Washington University. It is an annual publication featuring creative works of the university community. This 48th edition has a timeless look achieved by using historical aesthetic elements paired with modern production methods.
10- The Outpost
A colorful magazine layout for a publication focusing on the Middle East. It focuses on the conflicts, morals, energies and opportunities of a changing Middle East and looks into possible future opportunities in the region.
11- NO3 Oblique Design Magazine
This is the third publication of Oblique, a magazine focusing on art, illustration, design and architecture.
12- UMG Magazine
This is a student project featuring an interesting magazine layout for the Graphic Design Department of the University of Lapland, Finland. The content is in Finnish and English and talks about graphic design issues.
13- Makeshift Magazine
An interesting layout for a quarterly magazine about creativity. The magazine focuses on creativity in unlikely places, from the slums of Rio to the alleys of Delhi. This magazine is about people, the things they make, and the context they make them in.
14- We Are Neighbors Magazine
A new magazine featuring a particularly city in each issue. The magazine aims to be different by staying away from cliches and instead portraying the real spirit and vibe of a city. The first issue features Barcelona and the work of various artist from this place.
15- BECK Magazine
A student project featuring beautiful magazine layout design. It makes use of illustrations and interesting photographs to capture and hold readers’ attention.
16- Jot Down Contemporary Culture Magazine
A black and white Spanish magazine designed and printed for WabiSabi Investments, under the direction of Brands and Roses.
17- The Idealist Magazine
Targeted to young and sophisticated audience, this lifestyle magazine features a very attractive cover and a minimal inside pages. This layout design approach leaves the definition of “ideal” to the reader’s imagination.
18- MUST Magazine
Issue no. 18 of MUST magazine has a contemporary look featuring modular outlines with emphasis on asymmetry. It is composed of crisp, clear page layouts in which the blank space is employed in the same way as the “full” sections, giving breathing space to the composition.
19- Boom Magazine
This is just a student project and not an actual magazine. It uses modern design elements and an inspiring example in coming up with an interesting magazine layout design.
20-Dwell – Coastal Cities Revisited
An example of a travel magazine layout. It uses beautiful pictures of a place or a destination.