I’m always looking for inspiration and design tips, so when I found out about Uppercase Magazine, I decided to subscribe to it. It’s a magazine based out of Canada and the owner, Janine Vangool, writes, edits, designs, publishes, and sends out the magazines herself (she does have staff, but most of it is her work). She’s quite the creative! If you don’t know what Uppercase Magazine is, here’s a blurb from their website:
UPPERCASE is a quarterly print magazine inspired by craft, design and illustration. A playful exploration of creativity, an affinity for vintage ephemera, and a love of handmade are some elements common in each issue. The magazine boasts high-quality paper and printing, a unique design aesthetic and incredible attention to detail.
Design Inspiration from a Designer
The one thing I really like about this magazine besides all the great design tips and inspiration is that it is ad-free, independent, and run by a creative woman. Its support comes from the readers through subscriptions. I’d rather support an independent creative over a corporation or large business because they tend to understand their readers and work hard to bring them exactly what they are looking for. With that in mind, I was more than happy to subscribe to the magazine.
I got the #32 magazine the other day. It’s all about surface pattern designs with so many examples and designer biographies and really great tips from those who are working in that field. Surface pattern designers are the people that create the patterns you see in sewing aisles, on sheets and bedding, rugs, furniture, and shower curtains. They start off by drawing simple patterns, put them into Adobe Illustrator, do their voo-doo magic by arranging them just so and then repeating the pattern. Of course there is much more to it than that, but it takes an eye for design, knowing what others like, and the use of tools like Adobe Illustrator to create a worthy design pattern.
I’ve been interested in pattern designs, however, I’ve been pursuing other things, but I still am fascinated by pattern designers and their work. If I ever get the itch again, this magazine has a lot to inspire me creatively!
Magazine Layout & Design
This magazine has so many inspiring photos–the entire thing is chock full of bright colored photos from front to back. There were other cool tid-bits like interviews, vintage photos of other types of design, office inspiration, and articles about women bonding through creativity. She also offers an email subscription with more cool stuff, so check that out too. Each magazine is themed, so I can’t wait for the next one! You can also check out the current issue with a video that shows each page being flipped. It’s on the home page in the header if you are on a desktop.
If you are a creative and want to be inspired, I highly recommend checking out the Uppercase Magazine website. You can get $15 off the subscription. It’s $80 CAD or $59 US and you get 4 magazines a year full of photos, interviews, and helpful tips. It looks more like a small book to me than a magazine and I will be keeping it to reference back to because it’s so nice just to have!
Do you enjoy any creative magazines? If so, which ones?