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The Typofiles #130: Denizen Magazine

Nubby Twiglet | Denizen Magazine

When you’re traveling for weeks at a time with a just a small suitcase and carry-on in tow, space becomes sacred. Each little thing you buy could be the point of no return when it comes to zipping your suitcase closed. One of my vices when I travel are local magazines but as you know, they get heavy and bulky!

One afternoon, Gala’s parents took us to a cute little coffee shop in Wellington and I spotted Denizen. It was amazingly good — the styling, the fonts and the layouts were all pitch perfect. One flip through and I was asking Gala’s mom where the nearest newsagent was! It was one of only two magazines I hauled back.

Nubby Twiglet | Denizen Magazine

Launched in 2010, Denizen is an Auckland-based publication that focuses on the art of living well. It’s not just about a singular subject but more about a lifestyle filled with great food, beautiful spaces and a killer wardrobe. Learn more and subscribe here.


Featured: Denizen
All scans and photos: Shauna Haider
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The Typofiles #129: French Vogue

Nubby Twiglet | French Vogue

Nubby Twiglet | French Vogue

To me, French Vogue is the epitome of a chic when it comes to design. As I was digging through my collection of magazines recently, I found this gem from a few years back dedicated to the history of rock and roll. And really, who can ignore Kate Moss posing as Ziggy Stardust?!

Nubby Twiglet | French Vogue

Nubby Twiglet | French Vogue

Nubby Twiglet | French Vogue

Nubby Twiglet | French Vogue

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French Vogue has a knack for art direction and the care they put into each feature shows. I wish more American magazines would take a cue from their beautiful yet restrained type treatments and attention to detail. This is definitely an issue I’ll be holding onto forever.


All images: Scanned from French Vogue by me.
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The Typofiles #128: Esquire Big Black Book

Esquire Big Black Book

I have no interest in menswear but these days, a lot of the men’s style magazines are killin’ it in the design department. I’ve picked up the last few issues of Esquire’s Big Black Book because they’re full of design done right.

Esquire Big Black Book

The editorial design style of Esquire is all class — it touches on current design trends but still comes across as timeless with its layouts and type choices. Most surprising are its covers for these special issues. It takes a certain amount of confidence to go all big and bold with the type and not feature any images.

Esquire Big Black Book

If you’re on the hunt for a copy of your own, I picked this up at Barnes and Noble.


Photos and scans by me.
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The Typofiles #127: Peeking Inside J. Crew’s August Style Guide

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Every few months, J. Crew’s Style Guide lands on my doorstep and I always find myself drawn in. Occasionally, it’s because of the clothes but more often than not, it’s because of their choice in color palettes, styling and type. There’s a certain quiet confidence that comes through in the simplicity of their layouts that I really admire.

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And while we can all agree that junk mail is super annoying, I do always look forward to getting new catalogs in the mail — you can sign up for the Style Guide here and if you’re looking for more options, this post lists some more of my favorites, all free.


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Speaking of J. Crew, have you seen their site lately? I’m loving the way they’ve modified the best design elements of their catalog for the web. It’s fun, fresh and while it has a definite print design influence, it veers from being too fussy.


Source: J Crew.
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The Typofiles #126: A Peek Inside TypoMag

Typofiles: TypoMag

“While magazines are mainly seen as colorful things with loads of pictures, they are actually the best living example of the marriage between image and text.” —Luis Mendo, TypoMag


They say that you should never judge a book by its cover but I’ll admit that what first drew me to TypoMag was just that. In 2010, it seemed to be popping up everywhere and I was definitely intrigued by the simplicity of the design.

Typofiles: TypoMag

TypoMag painstakingly documents the role of typography in magazines, most which are on the obscure side (and even a few which are now sadly out of print). The primary goal of the book is to focus on covering magazines that are dedicated to creating their own identity through typography.

While I found the visuals to be wonderful, the Annex section in the very back is especially valuable because it includes a directory of both typography blogs and magazines.

Typofiles: TypoMag


I’m on the lookout for more books with a focus on editorial design — any recommendations?

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The Typofiles #125: Crazy for Neenah Paper Books!

Typofiles Neenah Paper Books

The more time we spend camped out in front of computers, the more obsessed we get with the tangible. Or, at least I do. I’ve confessed my undying love for magazine subscriptions (even when they pile up in the corner of my office), I love piecing together a real life mood board and I also have a little obsession with paper sample books.

Typofiles Neenah Paper Books

Books of paper samples used to be lurking everywhere. And, they still are if you look hard enough but not in the same quantity they once were. So when I see a really well designed one, I want to absorb every little detail and Neenah Paper has taken it to a whole new level with their latest batch.

Typofiles Neenah Paper Books

Handed out as a “brick” that then snapped into four smaller sample books (!!!), each page is meticulously designed over their different paper offerings. A lot of the designs have a throwback 90s feel (the best of the 90s, not the garish, pixelated stuff) and it’s really inspiring. I didn’t want to keep this goodness only to myself so I sat on my floor, scanning tiny page after page to give you a glimpse of the awesomeness covering these pages.

Typofiles Neenah Paper Books

Inspiration is everywhere. Even in paper sample books. Bravo to Neenah Paper for taking it to a whole new level.


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The Typofiles #124: Super Cahier Alphabet Book

Typofiles Super Cahier Book

One of the coolest design-related discoveries I made during my stay in Paris last week was this slightly bizarre type-filled activity book. I found it while perusing the always hip shelves of Colette and though the accompanying text is completely in French, Super Cahier º1 by Claire Gautier is an imaginative, inspiring visual trek through the alphabet. Each letter gets the star treatment with two full pages (one large specimen and another grid of 12+ examples).

Typofiles Super Cahier Book

Typofiles Super Cahier Book

Typofiles Super Cahier Book

While this might not be a practical purchase for most folks, I’ve found it to be inspiring (you just can’t go wrong imagining “O” as a sprinkle-covered donut!) and best of all, the pages are easily removable if you want to cover your walls in rad lettering. The alphabet has never looked so stylish — leave it to the French (as usual) to elevate the everyday to art-worthy status!

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