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The Typofiles: InStyle Magazine

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: InStyle Magazine

You know who’s killing it these days in the editorial design department? In Style.

When it comes to magazines, In Style is pretty mainstream and you can find it at most newsstands and grocery stores. And honestly? I never gave it a second thought. Overall, I think the magazine was aimed at a slightly older, more professional audience than me and I never cared much about mixing and matching outfits for the office or what the latest celebrity trends were.

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: InStyle Magazine

The thing is, I’d seen the British version and it was off the hook. I grabbed it on a trip to London last year and ripped out nearly every page, completely obsessed with the design. It was edgy yet elegant and beautiful at the same time.

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: InStyle Magazine

Well, last month my mom handed me a copy of InStyle, asking if I wanted it. A quick flip through made it immediately apparent this wasn’t the same old mainstream magazine. It was stunning — the color palettes, the big, customized serif type and the attention to detail put it on par with the foreign fashion magazines I’m constantly coveting. After doing some more reading, it was apparent that they’d just undergone a massive redesign over the last year from cover to cover and completely nailed it.

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: InStyle Magazine

I could go on and an about how inspired I am but it’s so much better to SHOW you. One of the original columns on this blog was called The Typofiles where I’d feature cool editorial design and typography, much of it scanned in since this was years before Pinterest came around. I miss those days! This morning, I pulled out my scanner (if you’re curious, I use this one) and scanned page after page. This post was less than half the stack I’d pulled but I had to stop somewhere! Haha.

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: InStyle Magazine

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: InStyle Magazine

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: InStyle Magazine

I wanted you to see the content for yourself — my favorite feature in this issue is all about unlikely color pairings for the season. As a graphic designer, I LOVE this stuff but don’t want to just read design blogs and magazines. It’s good to be more well-rounded and reach for publications outside of your niche.

I know everyone has a strong opinion on redesigns (love or hate, there’s never any middle ground!) but I personally love what this magazine has done. You can see more of the premier issue from last month here (sorry, I’ve already torn that one apart and pinned it to my inspiration board!)

As a diehard magazine fan, I am so excited to see print publications getting some major love — they’re definitely not dead and it’s fantastic to watch the evolution taking place to an edgier style.

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: InStyle Magazine

Your turn: What magazines are you loving these days? I’m ready to subscribe to some more!


All scans and photos by me of In Style.
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The Typofiles #139: The Little Black Font Book

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles #139: The Little Black Font Book

If you’re looking for a last minute, affordable stocking stuffer for the type fanatic in your life, The Little Black Font Book may be the perfect solution.

Little black books should always have all the answers you’re looking for and this one is no different.

I’m a big fan of the specimen booklets that type foundries used to release showcasing their newest offerings and this is a modernized take on that, featuring 44 beautiful full-color pages demonstrating the fonts in action.

Flipping through examples in a booklet like this makes it so much easier to determine if a font has the right look for your project and is such a timesaver! The author, Alex Haigh sure knows his stuff — he’s the founder of Hype For Type.

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles #139: The Little Black Font Book

The Little Black Font Book is available on Amazon.


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The Typofiles #137: J. Crew Style Guide

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: J. Crew Style Guide

Fall is an exciting time of year for me because all of the mammoth-sized September issues of fashion magazines start showing up in my mailbox. And over the last few years, a lot of mass market catalogs have taken notice and picked up on their editorial cues.

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: J. Crew Style Guide

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: J. Crew Style Guide

When it comes to design, one of the consistently best catalogs around is J. Crew. I always love flipping through their Style Guides The type is always crisp, the layouts have a ton of white space and it’s much more artsy than what you’d usually expect from a chain of their size.

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: J. Crew Style Guide

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: J. Crew Style Guide

I love catalogs because I feel like they’re a time capsule of what’s happening in fashion and design right at the present moment. They’re a great reference point to see what’s trending.

Nubby Twiglet | The Typofiles: J. Crew Style Guide


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The Typofiles #136: Monster Children Guest Edited by Mike D

Nubby Twiglet | Monster Children Issue 43

I was at Barnes & Noble over the weekend and after flipping through the fashion and design magazines and not seeing anything that caught my eye, I moved on to the skate and surf section where I knew there was one safe bet: Monster Children. As usual, it did not disappoint. Issue 43 is guest edited by Mike D of the Beatsie Boys and has an additional 50 pages. And, I can assure you that those extra 50 pages are not just fluff and ads — the design and content are as solid as ever.

Nubby Twiglet | Monster Children Issue 43

The great thing about bringing in a guest editor is that they have their own unique flavor. They are given the freedom to choose the interview subjects and features, all while staying in the style and format of the magazine. Mike D obviously knows a whole cast of intriguing characters from the music, skate and art worlds so it’s pretty great to see things from his perspective. More magazines need to hand over the reigns!

Nubby Twiglet | Monster Children Issue 43

The design of Monster Children is always on point but this issue, with its colored stripes and play on the scale of type throughout is the best I’ve seen. I’ve worked on enough editorial print projects to have an idea of how much work this issue must have took to pull together and I am so glad there’s still people out there that believe in producing solid publications that marry unique design and content. There’s no boring celebrity profiles or watered down fashion spreads here. It’s real, it’s raw and it’s well designed.


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The Typofiles #135: Paper Mag

Nubby Twiglet | Paper Mag

I’ve been reaching for Paper Mag again lately, drawn to its unique set of design cues. It’s never overly polished — I love the bright, spray painted details and the image-heavy collages that cover its pages.

Launched in New York City in 1984, Paper began as an oversized black and white fold-out paper that was produced in the New York Times offices.

Focusing on pop culture, I like that it still has its edge — there’s a dash of the New York social and party scenes, fashion editorials that never take themselves too seriously and celebrity interviews that never get too precious.

Nubby Twiglet | Paper Mag


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The Typofiles #134: Monster Children

Nubby Twiglet | Monster Children Magazine

Nubby Twiglet | Monster Children Magazine

I’ve missed posting as many Typofiles lately so here’s a note that I’m bringing it back more often.

And with that declaration, one magazine that always seems to make its way into my must read stack is Monster Children. The content is geared towards skate and surf culture but the design is so consistently spot-on that I plunk down my debit card even though I haven’t been on a skateboard since I was 14.

Nubby Twiglet | Monster Children Magazine

Part of what makes Monster Children so awesome is that it’s not afraid to take chances. In a way, it reminds me of Ray Gun back in the day — designers had a pretty strong reaction to David Carson’s style (there was never anyone who was on the fence about it — it was full-on love or hate) and I feel like Monster Children is a more controlled version of that in-your-face design sense. Text marches off the pages, content is rotated sideways, copy runs over images…but the result is always somehow…beautiful.

Nubby Twiglet | Monster Children Magazine


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The Typofiles #133: Neutraface Slab Lookbook

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Nubby Twiglet | House Industries Neutraface Slab Lookbook

Just like everyone else, my mailbox seems to be overflowing with junk mail on most days. So when something really good does show up, it definitely stands out. A catalog from House Industries is always a welcome arrival. The latest issue is dedicated to the very awesome Neutraface Slab.

Nubby Twiglet | House Industries Neutraface Slab Lookbook

Nubby Twiglet | House Industries Neutraface Slab Lookbook

I grabbed a stack of catalogs and magazines (including this beauty) to peruse when I hit the road — my (very) temporary digs in Venice felt like the perfectly cozy place to play catch-up on reading material. Sidenote: I want a table like that someday!

Nubby Twiglet | House Industries Neutraface Slab Lookbook

I’ve long admired the extreme care House Industries takes when it comes to the details of their products and they put that same attention into every one of their catalogs. They’re definite keepsakes.

Nubby Twiglet | House Industries Neutraface Slab Lookbook

The best part about House Industries catalogs? They’re completely free! Finally, your mailbox doesn’t have to be such a pit of despair.

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