Read All About it! 18 Top Design, Culture and Technology Magazines

by in Inspiration on 31st Mar 2010 · Comments

Keeping you up to date about the latest technology and software within your trade and industry, magazines provide insightful and useful information in an interesting manner.

There’s always something special about the smell and touch of paper fresh from the printers, be it from a glossy magazine, a newspaper, or even books. It’s always better to have something tangible to hold on to and read from. However, the Internet’s popularity is fast becoming a problem for all forms of print publication.

Magazine sales have been hit the worst as their circulation numbers continue to drop over the years. Why pay for magazine subscriptions when you can browse the net to obtain the same information? Searching for information online can save you money and allows you to be environmentally friendly and help decrease the demand of trees for paper.

Read All About it! 18 Top Design, Culture and Technology Magazines

Today’s magazine editors, contributors, content researchers and writers have a harder job to do to keep their audience coming back to them. As such, magazine content have become more than just boring facts and information. Today, magazine content has to be creative and innovative while providing the boring facts and information.

18 Top Design, Culture and Technology Magazines

Here are some design magazines that are worth spending your dime on. These design magazines have either a print or online version, but no matter how or where it’s published, they provide useful tips and good content that is current and informative. Read them on the bus. Read them while waiting for train. No matter where you are, these magazines are great casual reads that will both entertain and keep you well informed about the latest happenings in the world of design, culture and technology.

Web Designer Magazine

Web Designer is the premier magazine for aspiring online creatives and industry professionals. The monthly title offers cutting-edge practical projects spanning XHTML, CSS, Flash and WordPress as well as hosting features and interviews with the web community’s most influential people. Each issue also has a dedicated Industry section covering news and views from the trade, website showcases featuring the finest design talent and a free CD of valuable resources. The official blog site at webdesignermag.co.uk offers additional editorial, exclusive interviews, reader support plus a series of entertaining podcasts from the magazine team.

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Web Designer Magazine

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Web Designer Magazine

Digital Arts Magazine

Digital Arts - comprehensive coverage of the art of graphic design, 3D, animation, video, effects, web and interactive design, in print and online. Digital Arts addresses the needs of those within the exploding digital media market by providing relevant and forward thinking content, and by consistently running more exclusive reviews and features than any other magazine or Web site in the market. This magazine consistently delivers high-quality content, providing its professional readership with the latest news and reviews first.

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Digital Arts Magazine

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Digital Arts Magazine

Computer Arts Magazine

Computer Arts, the world’s best-selling magazine for digital artists and designers, boasts a strong line-up of tutorials every issue, 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.

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Computer Arts Magazine

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Computer Arts Magazine

Advanced PhotoShop Magazine

Advanced PhotoShop magazine is the perfect magazine for polishing up already great PhotoShop skills. Aimed towards Adobe PhotoShop professionals and enthusiasts, every issue prides itself on its unbeatable quality and sophisticated content.

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Advanced PhotoShop

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Advanced PhotoShop

PhotoShop Creative Magazine

PhotoShop Creative provides PhotoShop users with lashings of practical advice and inspiration. Whether you're brand new to the program or simply looking to improve your existing skills, this is the magazine for you. Acting as the backbone of the magazine are the tutorials, which are designed to help you explore new tools and develop new skills. Each tutorial is given a grade - Beginner, Intermediate or Expert - enabling you to learn at your own pace.

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PhotoShop Creative

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PhotoShop Creative

Layers Magazine

Every page of Layers magazine is brimming with powerhouse tutorials for Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, GoLive, Acrobat, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Dreamweaver and Flash – all the secret Adobe techniques that design professionals need to quickly and easily produce dazzling results. Layers is created by the award-winning design zealots of KW Media Group, the same people that bring you PhotoShop User magazine, PhotoShop World, the Adobe Seminar Tour and the National Association of PhotoShop Professionals. Lead by last year’s #1-selling computer book author and the world’s preeminent PhotoShop educator, Scott Kelby, Layers is infused by a simple but effective mantra, “just show me how you did that.”

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Layers Magazine

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Layers Magazine

Communication Arts Magazine

Communication Arts is the premier source of inspiration for graphic designers, art directors, design firms, corporate design departments, advertising agencies, interactive designers, illustrators and photographers—everyone involved in visual communication. Whether in print or online, CA's editorials, feature articles and the annual competitions it sponsors provide new ideas and information, while promoting the highest professional standards for the field. Now in its 50th year, CA continues to showcase the current best—from industry veterans to tomorrow's innovators—in design, advertising, illustration, photography and interactive media.

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Communication Arts

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Communication Arts

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.

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Website Magazine

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Website Magazine

Technology Review Magazine

Technology Review and Technologyreview.com are published by Technology Review Inc., an independent media company owned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The oldest technology magazine in the world (est. 1899), Technology Review aims to promote the understanding of emerging technologies and to analyze their commercial, social, and political impacts.

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Technology Review

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Technology Review

Metropolis Magazine

Metropolis has covered the designed environment for over 27 years. Each issue of the magazine addresses every area of design—architecture, interior design, planning, landscape architecture, technology, industrial design, and graphic design—illuminating the process that creates great design. To Metropolis, design is a collaborative effort. Metropolis's approach sorts out the significant from the insignificant for its busy audience in accessible prose.

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Metropolis Magazine

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Metropolis Magazine

Monocle Magazine

Launched in February 2007, Monocle is a global briefing covering international affairs, business, culture and design. Monocle's designed to be highly portable (it's lightweight and compact) and collectable (it's thick and robust). On-line, the focus is on broadcasting with a wide array of films, slide shows and audio reports. Edited by Wallpaper* founder and Financial Times columnist Tyler Brûlé, Monocle offers a comprehensive global briefing under a single editorial brand. In print and online, writers and photographers are dispatched to over 50 countries every issue to deliver stories on forgotten states, alluring political figures, emerging brands, fresh forces in popular culture and inspiring design solutions.

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Monocle Magazine

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Monocle Magazine

HOW Magazine

HOW magazine’s goal is to help designers, whether they work for a design firm, for an in-house design department or for themselves, run successful, creative, profitable studios.

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.

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HOW Magazine

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HOW Magazine

Wallpaper Magazine

International, intelligent and influential, Wallpaper* is on the cutting-edge of design, style and all that these encompass. Its aim is always to ensure that their readers are the first to see the latest and greatest in modern design from around the globe.

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Wallpaper

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Wallpaper

IDN Magazine

IDN magazine is an international publication for creative people on a mission to amplify and unify the design community. It has been an active organiser of many design-related events. It is devoted to bringing designers from around the globe together to communicate with, learn from and inspire one another. It has truly become what the initials of its title proclaim it to be — an international designers' network.

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IDN Magazine

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IDN Magazine

Fast Company Magazine

Fast Company sets the agenda, charting the evolution of business through a unique focus on the most creative individuals sparking change in the marketplace. By uncovering best and "next" practices, the magazine and website help a new breed of leader work smarter and more effectively.

Fast Company empowers innovators to challenge convention and create the future of business.

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Fast Company

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Fast Company

Design Week Magazine

Design Week has been a unique source of exclusive news, sharp commentary and top design jobs. Read by designers the world over, the depth of experience found in Design Week is unparalleled in print or on the web. For twenty years they have been reporting on every aspect of the design industry - breaking news, uncovering the big stories and showcasing the best new international work.

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Design Week

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Design Week

Wired Magazine

Wired uncovers the most surprising and resonant stories about the people, companies, technologies, and ideas that are transforming our lives. Whether it's technology, business, global politics, new media, arts and culture, the environment, or the best new products, Wired is there, on the front lines of the 21st Century.

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Wired Magazine

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Wired Magazine

Print Magazine

Print is dedicated to showcasing the extraordinary in design on and off the page. Covering a field as broad as communication itself—publication and book design, animation and motion graphics, corporate branding and rock posters, exhibitions and street art—Print covers commercial, social, and environmental design from every angle.

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Print Magazine

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Print Magazine

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Did any of the magazines mentioned in this article catch your eye? Share with us which is your favourite magazine and why. Also, if you have a favourite that we have missed out, let us know about it in the comment box below.

Printed magazines are lightweight and easy to carry around with you. Check out some of these magazines at a store near you today.

Charlotte’s interest is in web interface and design as well as motion graphics. Her absorption with her work is mostly due to her attention to detail and passion for the world of design. Winding down after work, which consumes much of her time; she enjoys traveling, exploring new places, gastronomy, and fashion.