Redesigns for the new issues of Vancouver & Reader's Digest

Two National Magazine Award-winning titles with a combined 114 years of publishing have unveiled redesigns this month.
Vancouver Magazine, owned by TC Media, debuted a new style for its Jan/Feb 2014 issue.

Most notably, the rounded font with the drop shadow, prominent in the old design (including this cover nominated for a National Magazine Award last year) has been replaced with a sleeker serif design. As for what’s new on the inside, read up on the details of the new VanMag at the Canadian Magazines blog.
And Canada’s Reader’s Digest also has a new look for February 2014.

The new print redesign follows up on the digital redesigns for RD and its French counterpart, Sélection, from last fall. And not just the cover has changed (though note the new miniscule ‘d’ in “digest,” quite a departure from the old design in which that word was the more prominent part of the title). Editor Robert Goyette told Canadian Magazines,

We asked what you liked best about Reader’s Digest and we’re happy to unveil a makeover to enhance your reading experience. From a new logo that emphasizes the “Reader” to an expanded selection of stories, this redesign is tailored to the people who told us they love our content and want more of it.

Reader’s Digest and Vancouver Magazine the NMA Archive
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Hot on the Newsstand: 3 magazines making news right now

The 10th anniversary issue of The Walrus hit newsstands last week, an impressive 124-page, perfect-bound magazine with a cover photograph by Edward Burtynsky. On the inside, illustrations by Barry Blitt, fiction by Lisa Moore, and journalism from Ron Graham, Mellissa Fung, Katrina Onstad, Andrew Coyne and more.

The Walrus was born in October 2003, when the big stories were Paul Martin, SARS and a re-arming Russia (plus Lewis Lapham essaying on Marshall McLuhan). Since then the magazine has won 99 National Magazine Awards for its journalism, fiction, poetry, design, photography and illustration, and won Magazine of the Year in 2007. Buyers of the anniversary issue will also receive a free Walrus e-Book and be entered in a drawing to win a place on an Adventure Canada Greenland and Wild Labrador expedition.

A newly renovated Western Living is out on newsstands this month, featuring a bold redesign by art director Paul Roelofs for the magazine’s annual Designers of the Year issue. More than just a new look, however, the award-winning TC Media title has expanded its content, too, with a host of new columns (including Just One Room, On Trend, 48 Hours In, Out There, Spirit Guide) and an editorial roster that promises readers “more faces in places, more pan-regional content, an authoritative voice, more entertaining stories [and] more travel stories with a design focus.” 

The September Designers of the Year issue is the largest for the magazine in 20 years, and is accompanied by events in Vancouver (with the Western Living Design Week from Sept 12-22) and Calgary (on Oct 2) celebrating the best new designs in Western Canada. Founded in 1970, Western Living has won 13 National Magazine Awards from 49 nominations.

The September-October issue of This Magazine presents its annual Corporate Hall of Shame report, and this year the publication is adding a twist: launching a new film series Every Film is Political. The series gets underway with a screening on September 25 of the film WAL-TOWN, “director Sergeo Kirby’s NFB-produced look at the business practices of mega-retailer Wal Mart and the ongoing debate of the company’s effect on towns across Canada.” The film will be screened at the Tranzac in Toronto (event info and tickets). The new issue of This Magazine, winner of 17 National Magazine Awards since 1977, is on stands now.

Chatelaine’s bold and bilingual new logo

The award-winning magazine Chatelaine has redesigned its cover logo on its May 2013 print issue and sleek website, featuring a bold and bilingual typography integrating l’accent circonflexe of its French counterpart, Châtelaine, which will also use the same logo beginning with the June 2013 issue.

According to a story in Marketing,

The all-uppercase logo, described as “fresh, modern and clean” by publisher Tara Tucker, uses the Neutraface 2 typeface and is bilingual (it has a stylized circumflex on the first “a”). Tucker said the timing was right to debut a new look as the magazine is kicking off its 85th anniversary celebrations in June.” [Read more]

Since 1977 Chatelaine and Châtelaine have won 15 and 23 National Magazine Awards, respectively.

{ Tip o’ the hat: Canadian Magazines blog }