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Magazine Design Course

Magazine Design

Periodical publications come in all forms and cover every imaginable topic — from political, academic, trade, art and design, luxury and lifestyle magazines to indie, popular culture and entertainment. This course looks at what makes the magazine distinct, as a tactile reading experience, as well as what design elements contribute to making it a powerful and efficient medium. Through an analysis of both American and European magazine design, we examine the use of elements such as systems, navigational devices, typography, illustration and photography, and apply them in practical exercises. Considerations of theme, context, content and personal interest influence the creation of a physical magazine spread consisting of a cover, table of contents and three articles. While students’ studio projects are specifically print magazine-based, the course is supplemented with discussions and examples of how contemporary magazines are able to translate traditional material design excellence into a successful digital format (ezines). By reviewing how media-specific attributes such as audio, video, and search functions can hold the reader’s attention online, students will be able to consider potential digital design options in the future.

Course #0764
Ernesto Aparicio

Schedule 2
July 10 – 21
Monday – Friday

Tuition $2,750
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,475
Lab Fee $20

3 Credits



Ernesto Aparicio

Ernesto Aparicio: BA, Escuela de Bellas Artes, Universidad de la Plata, Buenos Aires; Ecole des Arts Decoratifs, Paris. Aparicio has been a graphic designer in the publishing and corporate identity industries for more than twenty years. The designer for "Carte Premier" for Visa and MasterCard, his work has included logos and publications for prominent companies in France and Japan, and collaboration with major publishing houses in Paris. He has served as Art Director for Editions du Seuil in Paris and now oversees operations at Aparicio Design Inc., with clients like Museo Tokyo Japan, Theatre de la Comedie Francaise in Paris, and New York City's Public Affairs office. Aparicio has been awarded and/or published by Graphis, Communication Arts, Type Directors Club, Robundo and Novum.