Stack Awards 2018: Art Director of the Year shortlist

by Grace Wang in October 2018
Art & design

Without a strong visual identity, a magazine is hard pressed to stand out from the crowd. That’s why this category of the Stack Awards wants to recognise the brilliant work of art directors to help their magazines look fresh and unique.

Joining forces to judge this category are Will Hudson, founder of It’s Nice That, and Debbie Millman, the host of Design Matters and author of six books on branding and design. Read on to find out more about the 15 magazines shortlisted…

A New Type of Imprint | Oslo

Published by design agency ANTI, A New Type of Imprint is a beautiful magazine that connects the world with Norwegian creative culture.

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The Last A New Type of Imprint is nothing like the magazine you knew. In fact, it’s probably nothing like any other magazines you know. And it’s fine, cause it’s created with the purpose to compete with your phone, rather than other indie mags! We are so proud of this issue — it’s so bloody cool and it’s limited! Head online to pre order now! Cover photo by the wildly talented @aliveisthecity Creative Direction by @veroniqmike Design by @jana_papiernikova and @antiendre @anti_inc #design #designmagazine #anewtypeofimprint

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Anxy | Berkeley

From their gradient covers to their eye-catching typography, Anxy magazine dives into mental health through mesmerising, dream-like design. As if moving through different moods and mind spaces, each chapter is characterised by its own unique colour palettes and shapes.

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GIVEAWAY CLOSED We're giving away THREE PAIRS of tickets to our Issue No. 3 release party in New York next Wednesday 10/10! You and a friend will get to meet our founder, Indhira Rojas, and talk to artists and writers who helped create The Boundaries Issue. To enter, just tag an Anxy friend in the comments below. We'll pick winners this Friday 10/5. Best of luck! __________________________________________________ #mentalhealth #magazine #indiemagazine #printmagazine #publication #magazinedesign #mentalhealthmatters #psychology #selfawareness #selfcare #personalstories #photography #creativewriting #designinspiration #newyorkcity #nyc #weareanxy #nycevents #instagiveaway #freetickets

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Backstage Talks | Bratislava

Under the auspicious backdrop of a design conference, Backstage Talks corrals the conversations recorded off-stage with speakers and presenters. By Design Conference takes place every year in the Slovakian capital, and has welcomed speakers like Malika Favre and Mr Bingo.

Borshch | Berlin

With Jeff Mills as its guest editor, this issue Borshch investigates dance music and its purpose in the wider culture. With full-bleed spreads and quarter-size pages, it offers an immersive reading experience.

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Out tomorrow in the shops and already available online! Also come celebrate with us at @paloma_bar_berlin from 6pm!

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Eye | London

Eye magazine is a quarterly journal dedicated to graphic design, featuring critical, informed writing on visual culture. From fellow magazine makers to veteran art directors, they speak to people creating fresh, original work to provide insight into the publishing industry and beyond.

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In the latest edition of Eye: Atlas; R. O. Blechman; Armin Lindauer & Betina Müller; and Triboro. #Eye95 #illustration #graphicdesign #education #fooddesign

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Eye on Design | New York

Published by AIGA, Eye on Design seeks out the most exciting and innovative design. This issue is themed Psych, and packs in shimmering paper stocks, optical illusions, DayGlo ink, laser cut pages, and a volume of delightful print surprise.

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Get excited—our new magazine is here. Announcing Eye on Design #02, the “Psych issue,” complete with a healthy dose of trickery and illusion. Designed by @shira_no_filter. Available now to order.⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #graphicdesign #typography #magazinedesign #color #designstudio #eyeondesign

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Little White Lies | London

Through characterful illustrations and personal perspectives, Little White Lies sets itself apart from other film magazines. Carried by a unique visual identity, each issue offers a different side to the season’s most talked about blockbusters.

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#LWLies76 is an illustrated celebration of Desiree Akhavan’s sparkling second feature The Miseducation of Cameron Post – an unconventional coming-of-age story set in a conversion therapy camp, starring @chloegmoretz and @sashablane Issue on sale 1 August – order your copy today via the link in our bio Cover art by @natillustration . . . . #illustration #design #cover #artwork #magazine #print #lwlies #printsnotdead #movies #film #cinema #themiseducationofcameronpost #editorialillustration

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Lost | Shanghai

Lost gathers first-person writing on self discovery through travel. Each chapter brings its own typography and colour schemes to tell a spectrum of human stories, while the English and Mandarin texts are artfully placed so that they always feel pleasingly balanced.

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After 16 months, we're super proud to finally announce the release of LOST Issue Five! Featuring stories by Beata Wasilewska, Jessica Xie (@jesszxie ), Ben Crisp, Mikolai Napieralski (@mikolai_to_the ), Xiali Shi (@xialishi ), Ester Keate (@esterkeate ), 鄭弘敬teikoukei (@teikoukei ), Simone Spilka (@constantwanderings ), Nate Clark (@nateclarkstreet ) and Erin Stewart. Issue Five is available for order now, more details and purchase links on our website: #lostmagazine #issuefive #launch

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Migrant Journal | London

Migrant Journal is a six-issue exploration of migration. Through scrupulously constructed maps and accessible infographics, they break down big stories that can be hard to digest. It’s also hard to miss their striking custom typeface.

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No. 4 released ▪️ Get it on

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Nang | Seoul

Exploring Asian films and filmmakers, Nang is a thoughtful title honing in on one cinematic technique at a time. Its laser-cut covers, stitch binding and printed spines make sure it stands out on the newsstand.

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(5/6) #NANG4 #InandOut / Guest editors: @julianross12 and #MaryamTafakory (Maryam also worked on the Issue's spine and bookmark artwork) #nangmagazine #newissue #outnow #filmmagazine #artwork #bookmark #magazinemark #paperbookmark #printonly #publishing

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Nomad | Munich

Nomad views design as a process of shaping the future, and as a catalyst for social developments and individual lifestyles. It connects the dots between business, politics, and personal affairs with the world of design.

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Our next issue is coming very soon. Actually it gots printed today and we are very proud to present it within the next weeks. Issue 5 is available from 7th June.

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Put A Egg On It | New York

Standing in cheeky defiance amongst pristine food magazines, Put A Egg On It is a noisy, tasty zine celebrating the joys of eating, cooking and communal feasting. The attention-vying layouts, buzzing with illustrations that spread to the edge of each page, sit alongside personal anecdotes of food-filled adventures and images of messy meals, all printed on their signature green paper.

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Issue 15 now shipping! Order by clicking the link in our profile! Read It at the beach, by the lake, a charming cafe or in the park. #newissue #foodmagazine #indiemagazine

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The Second Shelf | London

Book dealer AN Devers started The Second Shelf to champion women authors in a hugely unbalanced rare books market. The magazine aims to counter the historical exclusion of women in first editions, manuscripts and rare publications.

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‪We are honored and proud to be shortlisted for @StackMagazines Award for Art Director of the Year. @nelewellens is a goddess and we loved working with her to find a way to make @secondshelfbks first quarterly honor the history of women’s writing. ‬

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Weapons of Reason | London

Tackling some of today’s biggest challenges, Weapons of Reason wants to inspire readers to take action. Through colourful infographics and cheerful iconography, they break down overwhelming information so it’s easier to understand.

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It's here! The Food issue of Weapons of Reason is back from the printers and looking amazing! Filled with brilliant illustration, data-viz and journalism, it's on sale now and you can buy your own copy from @weaponsofreason is an award-winning #independentmagazine published by @humanafterallstudio in #London. #illustration #editorialillustration #editorialdesign #magazinedesign #graphicdesign #indiemags #print #food

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Yes & No | London

With clever placing of typography and a playful attitude towards editorial design, Yes & No shares stories of the arts, technology, business and science.

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The new YES & NO & Only in print & This Friday & Cover story—the sensational Alison Goldfrapp on her new photographs, exploring aspects of her creative life and visual work, and being in the moment & YES & NO No.5 cover star @alison_goldfrapp—design & art direction @studiokunze—printing & binding @dg3_leycol & #alisongoldfrapp #coverstar #new #photography #goldfrapp #beinginthemoment #yesandnomagazine #londonmade

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