While corporate publishing produces a multitude of printed journals, magazines and supplements, printed industry journals headed by independent editorial teams and dedicated to specific areas of design have become a rarity. When the industry journal novum – World of Graphic Design was absorbed into the magazine Page in December 2020 after nearly 100 years in print, its former core editorial team announced their intention of founding a new publication. The first issue of their new journal, Grafikmagazin, has now been published. The German-language industry journal for communications design is primarily aimed at graphic designers, creative agencies and design students. Appearing every two months, it presents work and projects from the fields of graphic design, typography, illustration, photography, design theory, research, printing and paper.
Editor-in-chief Christine Moosmann, her deputy Sonja Pham and art director Tobias Holzmann have retained their roles within the team; advertising and marketing manager Christian Meier has additionally taken on the position of managing director at Phoenix Verlag für Grafikdesign, the magazine’s publishing company. The aim of the magazine is to continue fostering an appreciation of the unique tactile experiences that are only provided by printed products. As such, the plan is for every edition to feature special paper, printing or finishing techniques.
Issue 1/2021 focuses on the topic of “the digital museum”. It presents exhibition designs and digital solutions that illustrate the inventive and playful ways artistic and cultural institutions are dealing with pandemic restrictions. The Focus section, which covers news, is dedicated to the topic of “foundation”. The Showroom feature introduces creatives such as the typographer Marta Bernstein and the graphic designer Paula Scher, and the Design & Research section reports on interdisciplinary projects with a science and research background. Meanwhile, the Production & Publishing feature covers everything to do with printing: it showcases well-designed books and company reports, as well as greetings cards featuring high-quality designs. The cover for the first issue was created by poster designer Dafi Kühne.
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