Free publications for designers?
February 6, 2015 2:16 PM   Subscribe

I design magazines and newspapers for a living. Sometimes I kinda...hit a rut...and need some inspiration. I was just wondering if anyone knew of any design/communications publications or periodicals that may supply free subscriptions to professional designers? I've got a few mag subscriptions myself, but they can be pretty expensive to keep up with, especially those with really great illustration and design. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
posted by Bwentman to Media & Arts (6 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Not free but very good and maybe helpful?
posted by tardigrade at 2:22 PM on February 6, 2015 [2 favorites]

Issuu can be useful this also. Plus they have an iOS App.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 3:27 PM on February 6, 2015 [1 favorite]

There's always the library.
posted by warriorqueen at 5:16 PM on February 6, 2015

Not a publication, but is a great showcase for design of all kinds.
posted by The Deej at 7:34 PM on February 6, 2015

Graphic Design USA has a free print publication, just have to sign up and answer a few questions. It includes a couple annual design competitions yearly. Not CA-quality or anything, but it can be useful to see what's being done by the non-elite designers out there (i.e., people such as myself).

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute puts out a (quarterly?) print publication, the HHMI Bulletin (also available as an tablet app). Free to subscribe, and since the Institute has more money than God, apparently, the production values are top-notch, and they use a lot of illustration, which is nice. Pentagram recently took over the design (from VSA Partners). I can't claim to read the articles, but it's interesting to see how they handle the editorial design for what can be highly technical subject matter.
posted by Bron at 10:03 AM on February 7, 2015 [1 favorite]

Wired has good design and a subscription is only $5
posted by Jason and Laszlo at 11:07 AM on February 7, 2015

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