The record number of nearly 600 entries for the Magazine Design Awards have been whittled down to shortlists for each of the 15 categories.
A panel of 25 distinguished judges, drawn from across the magazine and newspaper industries, spent a day at Mezzo in London’s Soho – which will also be the venue for the awards night on Tuesday, 15 July.
Best-designed consumer front cover (circulation under 40,000): LFC; Exit; Large Magazine; Maxim Fashion; United; Onboard European Snowboarding.
Best use of typography: Ritz; British Philatelic Bulletin; Financial Times Magazine; Intra; Icon; Computer Arts.
Best designed feature pages: Dazed & Confused; Land Rover Onelife; Country Living; Esquire; The Rich Report 2003; Guardian Weekend.
Best design/relaunch: United Review; Nikon Pro; Computer Weekly; Response; RIBA Journal; Esquire.
Best use of illustration: The Face; Blueprint; Carlos; Adrenalin Magazine; Elle; Aircraft Interiors International.
Best use of photography: Land Rover Onelife; Maxim Fashion; 125 Magazine; Waitrose Food Illustrated; Guardian Weekend; Exit.
Best designed consumer magazine (over 40,000): Car; Marie Claire; Living Etc; CosmoGIRL!; Eve; Bike.
Best designed B2B magazine: Icon; MacUser; Financial Director; The Architectural Review; Vehicle Dynamics International; Aircraft Interiors International.
Best designed customer magazine: Carlos; Ritz; Land Rover Onelife; Lexus; Crown Colour Magazine; Volvo Magazine.
Best designed newspaper supplement: Spectrum Magazine, Scotland on Sunday; The Herald Magazine; Crime Uncovered, The Observer; Sunday Telegraph Magazine; Sunday Herald Magazine; Guardian Weekend.
Best designed consumer magazine (under 40,000): Arena; British Philatelic Bulletin; Exit; Blueprint; Shoot Monthly; ‘2’ – Europe’s Freeskiing Magazine.
Best designed consumer front cover (over 40,000): Maxim; Empire; The Face; Marie Claire; Arena; Cosmopolitan.
Best designed fashion pages: Maxim Fashion; 125 Magazine; Bogey Magazine; Guardian Weekend; Exit; Large Magazine.
Best designed B2B front cover: MacUser; RIBA Journal; Icon; Intra; Business Life; Response.
Best designed launch: Indobrit; Financial Times Magazine; Icon; Kingpin; 125 Magazine; Bogey Magazine.
There are also three new headline sponsors for the event. Photographic agency Newscast, Getty Images and Adobe, the company behind software packages including Photoshop and InDesign, have all put their weight behind the awards.
Getty’s senior vice-president, Lewis Blackwell, said: “Magazine design has consistently been one of the most creative areas over the past 50 years and there’s no sign of it abating.”
Newscast creative director Stewart Goldstein added: “We embrace the daring, the colour, the offbeat, and endeavour to catch some of the creative sparkle that goes into the diversity of titles we work with.” Adobe business development manager Chris Kitchener added: “Adobe is delighted to be associated with an event that has become such a key part of the magazine publishing calendar.”
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