Top 5 Magazine Designs of 2011: SPD Shortlists

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The Society of Publication Designers announced their shortlists for their magazine awards. And what a set of shortlists it is, we sample a few of the inspirational creative highlights

1. Lotus Magazine

Nominated for “Magazine of the Year”, Lotus magazine is for those with a taste for fast, make that, obscenely fast cars. Russian-born Creative Director Anton Ioukhnovets previously worked on GQ. SPD judge and Pentagram partner Luke Hayman wrote that Lotus magazine is, “a riff on an old-school men’s magazine with hot cars as the center folds. This is an English sports car brand with tremendous heritage which the design captures while simultaneously being contemporary. The format is large and lush – a spread covers the area of 4 ipad screens – and it’s well used. The typography and design is deceptively simple.” The cover above is by artists Richard Phillips of former adult actress Sasha Grey. Phillips you may remember directed a film portrait of Lindsay Lohan for last years Venice Biennale.

2. Bloomberg Businessweek

A magazine that consistently brings a fresh, unexpected take to the world of business though its design and visuals. Under Creative Director Richard Turley it’s one of those rare magazines that has redefined its category through great design. Ben King, Art Director of Print magazine wrote in a post for SPD that, “the consistently amazing illustration and photo selection, the unexpectedly wonderful covers, the quirky theme issues,” have delivered an audience for the magazine well beyond its core readership.

3. Elle

Elle Creative Director Marissa Bourke got plenty of mileage from the Elle Autumn/Winter Collection 2011 issue. It was nominated for Best Design of an entire issue and nominated twice for Best Design Section for “Catwalk Colour” and “Where’s Karl?”

4. Victory

Victory Journal is created by Doubleday & Cartwright a media and design agency specializing in sport and culture. It has an expansive take on sport in takes subject matter and visuals.

5. Little White Lies

Shortlisted in the Small Magazine/ Self-Published category, film magazine Little White Lies goes from strength to strength. Published by design agency The Church of London, under Creative Director Paul Willoughby, the magazine is a production line of iconic covers. In a world of celebrity saturation, PR driven stories, and wall-to-wall film coverage, the design of Little White Lies is a sanctuary for the magic and mystery of cinema.

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