20 Inspiring Magazine Layout Design Examples

Designers have to be very creative in coming up with unique and creative magazine layout.  Since designing magazines are more challenging compared to other types of publications, a designer usually encounters creativity block when conceptualizing designs for a magazine.

The magazine cover is an important part of the magazine design process since it usually creates the initial impression about your publication. And, first impression usually lasts, right? However, the key to getting the attention of the readers and make them read the magazine from cover to cover does not depend on the magazine cover design. Instead readers are enticed to read a magazine if it has an enticing, easy-to-read layout and design for the inside pages.

So how do you achieve creative, consistent and visually appealing content for your magazine? Here, we decided to pool together in this post a showcase of 20 creative magazine layout designs.

In viewing these examples, be aware and critical about the main elements or factor that we give importance to when designing the inside pages of a magazine. These factors include the typeface used for headlines, sub-headlines and the body. Likewise, the color palette or combination of colors used, the paragraph style, the folio, the styles applied to images also count.

Another part of the inside page of a magazine the designers frequently give less attention is the table of contents design.  These are some of the elements that we set in our templates, master pages or style sheets when doing the layout in Adobe Indesign or other desktop publishing programs in order to create a coherent look for a particular publication or magazine from cover to cover.

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EXAMPLES OF MAGAZINE LAYOUT DESIGNS

We tried our best to include visually appealing, interesting and creative magazine layout design solutions just in case you are looking for some inspiration in designing the inside pages of a publication, be it a magazine, an annual report or a book.

To know more about each design, just click on preview image and it will take you to the portfolio of designers where they were taken. There, you can get additional information such as the fonts used, photographs, color combination and most importantly, you will be able to view the larger or high-res version of these magazine layout. Make sure to checkout also the portfolio of each artist for more inspiring examples. I hope everybody will find something interesting in this post. Enjoy!

i.E. Magazine No. 5

Created by design students,  this magazine layout is a result of a creative experimentation in photography, print production, and art using two colors and transparency paper.

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Sneaker News Magazine

This is the inaugural edition of a premium perfect bound magazine about sneakers. Designed by Brooklyn-based artist, the magazine talks about history of sneakers, the culture, and the personalities of the sneaker world.

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The Recorder Magazine

Here is the magazine layout about fonts. The Recorder, which was relaunched with a whole new look, was first published in 1902. It focuses on the important role that typography and type design play in modern design. The magazine features four sections, namely, Features, Essays, Profiles, and Opinions and showcases a number of bold typographic layouts and illustrations as well as various Monotype fonts.

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Transworld Surf Redesign

This magazine layout makes use of a photo-driven editorial model, giving the magazine format a new life. The redesign has been intended to create a look of sophistication that does not take itself too seriously.

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Slanted Magazine

This is the 23rd issue of Swiss magazine Slanted. This issue focuses on Swiss graphic design and features an illustrated section called “Helvetica Illustrated”, a photo series of the former Bond-girl.

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UC Quarterly: Q1-2014

This magazine is published quarterly by Under Consideration blog, featuring a summary of the most interesting, relevant, and simply fun-to-see projects published each quarter across its network of blogs.

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GIST Lifestyle Magazine Layout Design Project

An attractive photo-filled layout design for a lifestyle magazine GIST. It features varied subjects from fashion to gadgets, as well as health and tourism. As the name suggests, readers can “get the gist” on all the different topics of each issue.

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MAG IS IN : A Publication Project

A B5-sized perfect-bound magazine layout for a publication that focuses on independent and self published magazines from all over the world. The 10 booklets deals feature colorful layout filled with interesting photos and essays on various topics on the history of independent publications.

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Eldorado Experience One: Surf Morocco

Here is an interesting layout for a travel magazine that focuses on Surfing. Each issue of this annual magazine features beautiful photography and essays about surfing in a particular place. This issue features Surfing in Morocco.

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Jeopardy Magazine Layout

A luxurious perfect-bound magazine layout for a publication by Western Washington University. It is an annual publication featuring creative works of the university community. This 48th edition has a timeless look achieved by using historical aesthetic elements paired with modern production methods.

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The Outpost Magazine Layout Design

A colorful magazine layout for a publication focusing on the Middle East. It focuses on the conflicts, morals, energies and opportunities of a changing Middle East and looks into possible future opportunities in the region.

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NO3 Oblique Design Magazine

This is the third publication of Oblique, a magazine focusing on art, illustration, design and architecture.

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Makeshift Magazine

An interesting layout for a quarterly magazine about creativity. The magazine focuses on creativity in unlikely places, from the slums of Rio to the alleys of Delhi. This magazine is about people, the things they make, and the context they make them in.

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We Are Neighbors Magazine

A new magazine featuring a particularly city in each issue. The magazine aims to be different by staying away from cliches and instead portraying the real spirit and vibe of a city. The first issue features Barcelona and the work of various artist from this place.

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Beck Magazine Layout Project

A student project featuring beautiful magazine layout design. It makes use of illustrations and interesting photographs to capture and hold readers’ attention.

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Jot Down Contemporary Culture Magazine

A black and white Spanish magazine designed and printed for WabiSabi Investments, under the direction of Brands and Roses.

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The Idealist Magazine Layout

Targeted to young and sophisticated audience, this lifestyle magazine features a very attractive cover but a minimal inside pages. This layout design approach leaves the definition of “ideal” to the reader’s imagination.

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MUST Magazine Layout

Issue no. 18 of MUST magazine has a contemporary look featuring modular outlines with emphasis on asymmetry. It is composed of crisp, clear page layouts in which the blank space is employed in the same way as the “full” sections, giving breathing space to the composition.

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35 Comments

  1. Nice, so creative! good layout :p

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  2. great layouts. creative work

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  3. you have to remember its not just the layout that makes these work. it’s the pictures. if you notice all of them have great images – how well the layout is received depends mostly upon how well the images work.

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  4. yeah good layouts ,,, im making layouts in my university (graphic design) so they are good inspirations ……..

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  5. these layouts are reallly keewl

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  6. thanks, superb layout..

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  7. nice lay-outs!! i like it.. add me in your facebook please,

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  8. Great magazine layouts. Keep it up! u r an inspiration to many.

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  9. These layouts have really helped me try to think of some new ideas of my own! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  10. Whoa !! The layouts are simply amazing and the pics make them even more attractive. Not cluttering with too many images n fonts.. Simple and innovative.. Damn good.. Thanks for sharing.

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  11. This site is very resourceful especially to young editors and communication students.

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  12. Very nice and creative 😉

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  13. wow . thanks pal
    its great
    very helpfull 🙂

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  14. Thanks for the list. Those are very creative and beautiful. I just started to find some inspiration to design children magazine. thanks once again.

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  15. Good works… nice layouts.

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  16. Very inspirational. Thanks for sharing this.

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  17. yeah good layout designs but i agree with one comment about great images

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  18. less is more, nice touch

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  19. excellent and creative designs………… nice

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  20. Great layouts,thx this is help us so much for our references in our project designs…

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  21. Looks like the designers also had a LOT of creative freedom here. Most magazines are trying to project a fairly narrow look, and would never let their designer get as carried away as in these examples. But of course, they are wonderful.

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  22. cool posting, gives me good inspiration 🙂

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  23. Hi my name is Thulani i am starting a magazine so i need tips and layout’s how to start a magazine

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  24. Hi
    Very Creative. You have lots of creative layout .
    very good artists you have.

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  25. gathering of so creative & inspiring work.

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  26. I like your format. I am working on a magazine.

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  27. Thanks, these designs are going to give me some very helpful ideas for my upcoming assignment.

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  28. Thanks, these designs are very helpful

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  29. Good way of explaining, and good post to take data about my presentation topic, which i am going to
    present in college.

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  30. great layouts, thanks for giving a bit of info on all… helps to make you think about the design. nice work

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  31. the contents are wonderful..

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