IdN v22n3: Designer Typefaces – Which type are you – Trained or Instinctive?

IdN v22n3: Designer Typefaces – Which type are you – Trained or Instinctive?

Is there a downside to making your own lettering rather than commissioning a specialist or buying off the shelf? We ask 13 top designers for their views on this crucial question, illustrated by examples of their work.

IdN v22n2: Collective Studios – Collective Farming for Creatives

IdN v22n2: Collective Studios – Collective Farming for Creatives

There is a growing trend away from the formal, hierarchical design studio towards loosely amalgamated peer groups often called collectives. We talk to nine such entities about the advantages of working this way.

IdN v22n1: Colour and Graphics – Nailing their Colours to the Mask

IdN v22n1: Colour and Graphics – Nailing their Colours to the Mask

You’ll be stunned by this, probably our most colourful issue ever! We kick off with a major feature on 9 leading creatives who have made a name for themselves with their exuberant approach to colour. Read why — and how — they handle it.

IdN v21n6: Packaging Design Issue – It's Love at First Sight!

IdN v21n6: Packaging Design Issue – It's Love at First Sight!

Presenting our biggest-ever feature story! More than 50 of their favourite packaging designs by 42 creatives who specialise in packaging design – toughest of genres. Plus their thoughts on how to excel at it. This is one you’ll want to save.

IdN v21n5: Maximalism – Max it out!

IdN v21n5: Maximalism – Max it out!

In art, as in sex, size doesn’t matter. There are huge works of minimalism as well as mini-masterpieces of maximalism. Instead of containing the least number of elements, maximalism encompasses the most in a single work. If you are tired of being told that less is more and small is beautiful, try to letting it all hang out and rip up the rules!

IdN v21n4: Pattern Special – Brand in Pattern

IdN v21n4: Pattern Special – Brand in Pattern

Integrating patterns into a brand's language is never an easy task. It can often add something aesthetically memorable. Playing devil's advocate on the other hand, it can also clutter and confuse. Discover how these creatives take on the challenge and level up various identities to new peaks.

IdN v21n3: Editorial Illustration – New Faces of Inspiration

IdN v21n3: Editorial Illustration – New Faces of Inspiration

Editorial illustration is more than just an added extra to give a page of dense type eye-appeal — it can actually add significantly to the interpretation of a story, especially if it features a face. We asked 10 specialists to share their trade secrets with us.

IdN v21n2: Minimalist Issue – Is Less More?

IdN v21n2: Minimalist Issue – Is Less More?

Keeping things simple is never as simple as you think. As we all know from tidying our desks or emptying our closets, the hardest part is deciding what to throw away. Similarly, many rounds of reductions have to be gone through before a minimalist artist is happy with the end-result.

IdN v21n1: Printed Effects Special – The Printed Matters

IdN v21n1: Printed Effects Special – The Printed Matters

There are so many things that print can do that digital media can’t. Its tactile qualities, even the sound and smell of paper and ink, make printed matter unique and timeless. But whoever said that print and digital cannot co-exist? Most designers today work with both and prove that digital need not be its enemy but, rather, a collaborator.

IdN v20n6: Edible Graphics – Designing for Food

IdN v20n6: Edible Graphics – Designing for Food

Even though everyone has to eat to survive, persuading us to buy certain food items or dine in certain restaurants can be a tricky proposition, so fierce is the competition in both cases. Put an identical product in both plain and designed packaging and it is a pretty sure bet which will outsell the other. The issue features projects related to food – designed to make you drool by 14 food-conscious creatives. Grab them while they’re still hot off the drawing board!