Monday Miscellany: Retro Magazine Design

I've always been fond of magazines for their synthesis of visual and written content. In a magazine, one cannot work without the other. And this happens from the moment it grabs our attention on the stand. Magazines come in all shapes and forms, appealing to all interests and personalities. As an artist, what intrigues me the most is the craftsmanship of the designers behind these magazines. And where it all began. Here are a few notable mentions:

Alexey Brodovitch - Harpers Bazaar 

Alexey Brodovitch is best known for his art direction of Harper's Bazaar Magazine (1934-1958). Russian-born photographer, this man had an eye for design. He's even behind the famous Bodoni font (now a staple in Microsoft Word). 

This disease of our age is boredom... The way to combat this is by invention - by surprise. When I say a good picture has surprise value, I mean that it stimulates my thinking and intrigues me.
If an artist is to maintain his integrity, he must be responsible to himself; he must seek a public which will accept his vision, rather than pervert his vision to fit that public

David Carson - Ray Gun Magazine

David Carson is notable for his experimental design and grunge typography. This paired perfectly with Ray Gun's focus on rock music and alternative lifestyle. 

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Zuzana Licko- Emigre


Zuzana Licko is an architect, computer programmer, photographer, and graphic designer. She founded Emigre Magazine in the mid-80's, using it as a creative platform to design and distribute fonts. 

Cipe Pineles - Seventeen Magazine

Cipe Pineles was a New York based designer and art director who worked on several notable magazines such as Charm, Mademoiselle, and of course, Seventeen.  She was also dubbed the first female in the Art Directors Club in 1943.

Allen Hurlburt - Look Magazine

While at university, Hurlburt received a note of praise from Dr. Agha, art director at Vanity Fair when his university magazine, Punch Bowl, did a parody of that magazine. Later that year he he saw the work of Alexey Brodovitch at an exhibition. He never worked or studied under either of these men, but they both had a profound influence on his development as a designer and art director.


He became best known for his creative use of photographic images during the sixties. Hurlburt’s innovative page design and understanding of the use of photographs and artwork made Look one of the most respected magazines in the design world.

Cheers to a relaxing Monday!

xox Lauren