A magazine comprises various articles, stories, pictures, and frequently advertising in between eye-catching front and back covers. Usually, magazines come out on a regular schedule—every month, every two months, every three months, etc.

Although magazines used only to be issued in paper, they are now available online. Generally, magazines generate funding through advertising, pre-paid subscriptions, and selling prices.


Typography is essential to editorial design. It is crucial to utilize simple copy to read and understand because an article you design may have text as a tale, an interview, an opinion, etc.

Point size: Consider whether your audience will be reading from a page or a screen when choosing a font size that is readable for them.

Line length: A line should have between 50 and 70 characters. Longer strings make it challenging to locate the following line at each break, while shorter lines break too frequently, leading the reader’s eyes to jump back and forth too often.

Large blocks of content should be broken up whenever feasible because they can appear daunting and turn readers away. Use lists, columns, threaded text frames, paragraphs, etc.

Use visual hierarchy, tools like Drop Caps, and highlighted text blocks to establish distinct entry points for your reader (usually used for quotes or exciting parts of an article).

Text placement: dark on light, light on dark

Most magazine covers will be built around a picture or an illustration. In either case, visually appealing photographs frequently feature a lot of contrast between the light and dark areas. The text should be light in color and against a dark background or the opposite.

Therefore, finding a suitable location for text is a large part of magazine cover design. For example, the text on the cover of Interview magazine and New York Times Style magazine both follow the line of the models’ dark coats, while the latter’s text over George Clooney says “talking dirty” in the area of his shirt that has been most stained by smoke.