12 Print Magazines for Web and Graphic Designers

There’s obviously no shortage of content online for web designers, but the offline content is frequently overlooked. There are a number of print publications that cover various topics that are relevant to web and graphic designers. Here is a look at 12 magazines that may interest you.

.net Magazine

.net delivers cutting edge practical advice on the full range of topics essential for today’s web builders: design, development, sales, marketing, usability and accessibility, information architecture, security, copywriting, advertising and more. It is read by people who are serious about the commercial application of the internet.”

.net

Web Designer

Web Designer is the only serious tutorial-driven monthly publication dedicated to online creativity available in the UK. Each issue boasts over 25 pages of regular Dreamweaver, Flash, and Photoshop walkthroughs across a wide range of topics and disciplines from some of the country’s most knowledgeable technology writers.”

Web Designer Magazine

Computer Arts

Computer Arts is a magazine that includes tutorials on a variety of design-related topics, “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.”

Computer Arts


Computer Arts Projects

Computer Arts Projects is the successful monthly spin-off of Computer Arts magazine. Each issue gives you an in-depth guide to a different creative subject, and recent issues have covered themes such as print design, web design, Photoshop, typography, packaging, creative advertising, and how to start your own design business. Inside every edition, you’ll find great step-by-step tutorials and tips from the best digital artists in the business, showcases and profiles of up-and-coming talent and established creatives, as well as explorative features on the subject in hand.”

Computer Arts Projects

PRINT Magazine

A general graphic design magazine, PRINT “is a bimonthly magazine about visual culture and design. Covering a field as broad as communication itself, PRINT documents and critiques commercial, social, and environmental design from every angle.”

PRINT Magazine

How Magazine

HOW strives to serve the business, technological and creative needs of graphic-design professionals. The magazine provides a practical mix of essential business information, up-to-date technological tips, the creative whys and hows behind noteworthy projects, and profiles of professionals who are influencing design.”

How Magazine

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.

CMYK Magazine

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.”

Communication Arts

Design Edge

Design Edge Canada print magazine, launched with a March/April 2006 issue, is published six times per year… The magazine has the highest circulation to professional graphic designers of any publication in Canada. Regular departments include News on Design, Trendspotting, Case Study, Design for Print, Tool Tips, Newsmakers and New Releases.”

Design Edge

Eye Magazine

Eye Magazine is “the quarterly print magazine for everyone involved in graphic design and visual culture.”

Eye Magazine

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. The magazine is free to creative professionals within the United States. This includes art, design and production titles at graphic design firms, advertising agencies, corporate and publishing inhouse design departments, and more. For those who do not qualify as working creative professionals or for international subscribers, paid subscriptions are available.”

Graphic Design USA

Website Magazine

Website Magazine is the one magazine to focus exclusively on the business of running a website: tips for successful websites, solutions for enhancing website traffic, the latest Internet industry trends and statistics, as well as news analysis on the Internet industry.”

Website Magazine

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  • Marco, August 21, 2008

    Great article!

    Although I do think you’re missing “Advanced Photoshop” on this list (Sister magazine of Web Desinger).

    Keep up the good work!

  • imsraaia, August 21, 2008

    Awesome.. very nice..

  • Spence, August 21, 2008

    Computer arts is pretty good, but Web Designer magazine is seriously not worth the paper its printed on, bought it a few times, absolute waste of money, my advice, have a read in the shop before you buy, save yourself £5!

  • Constantine, August 21, 2008

    Great list! However, Computer Arts is good for students, but Digital Arts is much better for those of us with proper jobs. It’s got a site at http://www.digitalartsonline.co.uk

  • Brett Sinn, August 21, 2008

    Is there a reason why all the major magazines are based out of the UK?

  • James Paden - Xemion, August 21, 2008

    How many of these magazines have you actually read? Which are more highly recommended? I read the Website Magazine and didn’t get through more than a few pages before I threw it away. Anyone else have direct experience?

  • John Laven, August 21, 2008

    Where’s Graphis, The International Journal of Visual Communication? Graphis magazine has been around since 1944. It’s probably better than all the others on the list. It focuses exclusively on international design and visual communication rather than the latest Photoshop filter or web fad. Get acquainted with it.

  • Eric Martindale, August 21, 2008

    Wow, I had no idea that some of these magazines existed!

    From what I can tell, the subscription method is a bit muddled on a few of these. While I’ve always been an opponent to marketing spam (especially in the physical realm. Have you ever sat down and collected all the marketing messages you’ve received, then used that as your average to calculate how many trees are killed every year in mail that just gets thrown away? …but I digress)…

    …I’d be willing to put my name down on a list to get a few of these regularly.

  • MP3sale review, August 21, 2008

    Wow, I had no idea that some of those magazines existed…anyway thanks for sharing them…really helped me a lot…keep posting.

  • Vandelay Design, August 21, 2008

    Marco,
    Thanks. I’m not familiar with that one.

    Spence,
    I agree it’s best to give it a look in a store if you can. I thought Web Designer was ok.

    Constantine,
    I agree that Digital Arts is a great resource, however, the whole purpose of the post was to point out the available print magazines, not online magazines. Therefore it wasn’t included.

    Brett,
    I’ve wondered the same thing.

    James,
    I’m familiar with the first half of the list, the rest was researched. My favorite is .net.

  • NaldzGraphics, August 22, 2008

    great magazines.thanks for this list!!!

  • Review PR Storm, August 22, 2008

    For me .NET magazine takes it. I am more into the design for practicality side and enjoy reading about the design side of things as opposed to creating beautiful sites that will never be seen as they are accessible enough.

  • Architectural lighting, August 22, 2008

    Great job man!
    I ‘m on subscription to both Computer Arts and Computer Arts Projects, the Projects always have an applicable learning tutorial that is implementable, based upon the theme of that issue.

  • azim, August 22, 2008

    Thanks for sharing…

  • Raj, August 23, 2008

    Thanx for sharing a nice list of magazines :)

  • Eric, August 24, 2008

    Gotta agree with Spence. I bought Web Designer twice. Not worth the money to me… especially here in the US.

  • Internet marketing company, August 28, 2008

    Been reading .NET for a few years and also CommArts – will have to check out the others. .Net rocks.

  • Chris, August 30, 2008

    What is so bad about Web Designer Magazine? I havent read it myself, but what i saw on their website looks cool. The sample chapter on their site is very minimal. Does anybody know where I can look at more of their magazines?

    Also, I found a few other Web magazines that I haven’t read myself. I am just wondering why they were omitted from the list. They are:

    Flex Developer’s Journal, AjaxWorld Magazine, JDJ, SOAWorld Magazine, Opensource Magazine – http://www.sys-con.com/general/subscribe.htm

  • Vandelay Design, August 31, 2008

    Chris,
    They weren’t omitted for any particular reason. The list was put together by magazines that I have read personally plus some online research that I did. If those others look good, check them out.

  • Ann French, August 31, 2008

    It’s very important to keep up with industry news via trade journals and niche magazines which you may not find on the web.

  • James Paden, August 31, 2008

    But what news in this industry would be in a trade journal and not on the web?? I’m just curious…any examples?

  • Vandelay Design, August 31, 2008

    James,
    The stuff that I enjoy out of the magazines isn’t news as much as just tutorials and learning resources. I think I just enjoy changing things up and reading a print publication since I’m on the computer so much.

  • DesignDump, September 1, 2008

    Great list of magazines.

    For more magazines visit:
    DesignDump.com
    http://www.designdump.com/designmagazines.aspx

  • James Paden, September 1, 2008

    I agree Steve, just sort of curious what Ann was referring to. I often read business magazines offline even though the content is available online now.

  • Christian Markley, September 10, 2008

    Great list of magazines. Being new to the design arena, this is HUGE. Thanks!

  • muthu, November 27, 2008

    Hi
    What is so bad about Web Designer Magazine? Does anybody know where I can look at more of their magazine?

  • HostingITrust, January 3, 2009

    Thanks for the list of magazines. However, I would only go for the magazines if I am looking for the latest trends and technologies being used. If I seriously need to learn something I would go for the books and online tutorials.

  • John milton, February 10, 2009

    Great list of magazines. Being new to the design arena, this is HUGE. Thanks!

  • Media, May 28, 2009

    Great list of magazines.

  • Los Angeles SEO, December 18, 2009

    Website Magazine is an awesome mag. +1 for them!

  • Triboda, February 15, 2010

    My all time favorite is the How How Magazine. Great articles!

  • Sue, March 9, 2010

    An all time favorite of mine is the Before and After magazine. This magazine is full of interesting, useful and unique ideas. It should go at the top of every graphic designers must have list. http://www.bamagazine.com

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