Yes, I am a publication junkie…but in a good way

You can never have too much type or print in your home. My idea of a fun Friday night is dinner, drinks and hanging out at  Newsbeat, our local magazine stand.  And it’s not just for the design magazines. I am an equal-opportunity magazine lover.  Words, images, ink, that’s all it takes to give me a thrill.

Of course, magazines have been in trouble for a long time, and this recession is about to put a nail in the coffin. Over 500 magazines folded in 2008, and 47 have already closed in 2009. That’s bad for information, entertainment, enlightenment, beauty and humor–not to mention designers, writers, illustrators, photographers and printers. It’s bad for my Friday nights, that’s for sure.

Even though I know that it’s the advertising dollars that count, the advertisers will count me–so I have been subscribing to as many magazines as my pocketbook can muster. ReadyMade, Utne Reader, Good, More, Real Simple, Cook’s Illustrated. Plenty more to choose from, and I just might add Mad Magazine, Rolling Stone,  Mental Floss, Bark and Dwell to round out my stash.

My new favorite magazine, and the one I really want to protect, is  GOOD Magazine.  It manages to combines good design with good content that makes us better thinkers and therefore, more thoughtful designers.  The stories are smart, but not so seriously-self-important. They do a brilliant job with information graphics, making them accessible and really interesting. Anytime someone can make information fun, I am in.

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Here’s the deal. They honor design. They even give designers pages and pages to muse on. What are they thinking?

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And the goodness doesn’t stop there.  You choose the cost of your subscription. Then, choose a nonprofit, and 100% of your subscription payment is donated.

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Publications, especially alternatives, give us texture and insight and a new point of view. It takes courage, and a ton of energy,  to keep creating and producing month after month. Show and tell when done this well, isn’t easy. As an appreciative reader, pushing Good is the least I can do.

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