The best graphic design magazines

The best magazines for graphic design inspiration often have nothing to do with design.

The best magazines for graphic design inspiration often have nothing to do with design.

YouTheDesigner.com has posted a list of what they consider to be the most amazing graphic design magazines.  As one might expect, Print Magazine, Layers and Before and After all made the list.  These magazines cover graphic design trends and techniques for everyone from beginners to experts and are excellent resources for all designers.

But they’re not the best graphic design magazines.

Graphic design is an art that transcends colors, shapes and lines.  These things are components of graphic design excellence, for sure, but the truly talented designers rely on inspiration derived from other arenas:  social, economic, political, musical, athletic and more.

By familiarizing yourself with the trends, celebrations, challenges, issues and delights of society, one can begin to craft with a style significantly proprietary.  Yo-Yo Ma isn’t a highly sought-after performer because he is the best musician in the world, but because he is the best cellist in the world.  LeBron James is not the world’s best athlete, but perhaps he is the world’s best basketball player.

These amazing individuals have a style all their own, within an arena (music/sports), and further refined within that arena (cello, basketball).  While Yo-Yo Ma and LeBron James have undoubtedly had extensive training in their respective disciplines, their specific styles of play can only be attributed to influences specific to them.

In the same way, graphic designers should work to develop a specific style all their own.  Being a great graphic designer is one thing; but being the best logo designer is quite another.  It opens up new avenues, helps you simplify your marketing and creates an established and respected name for yourself within your niche.

So what are the 10 best graphic design magazines?  That’s completely up to you.  They are the 10 magazines you read and enjoy.  The magazines that cover the subjects you draw inspiration from.  Politics?  Sports?  History?  It doesn’t matter – each can enrich your sense of style, put you in tune with the preferences of many and help you plaster the world with a style all your own.

So, what are the 10 best graphic design magazines in your world?