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056: Stunning Magazine Design with Janine Vangool of Uppercase Magazine

Updated: Dec 15, 2023

In the second episode of this magazine miniseries we’re talking all about design. Designing for magazines is exciting, creative, technically complex and awesome. Students in my class have had a crash course on learning Adobe InDesign; specifically InDesign’s long document features. They've created master pages, inserted special characters like page numbers, as well as created and assigned paragraph and character styles throughout. They’ve created an automated table of contents and have used grids and guides in their layouts to establish consistency, continuity and creativity within their publications. All is to say we’ve covered a lot of ground in the last couple of weeks.

Joining us today to add her insights to the magazine design conversation is Janine Vangool of Uppercase Magazine. "Janine is the publisher, editor, designer (and customer service, too!) of this one-woman operation." Based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and celebrating its 12th anniversary and 50th issue this month "UPPERCASE publishes a quarterly magazine as well as books for the creative and curious. We're inspired by design, craft, illustration and vintage." Some of the most recent issues include: #48 Stationery and Papergoods, #49 Surface Pattern Design Guide and #50 Art + Science.

Also, I have a cross-Atlantic co-host for this episode! Apurba Roy, an undergraduate student in my magazine production and publishing class, will be joining us from India today, helping to ask questions and lead the conversation with Janine. While virtual education has its limitations and its challenges, interconnected international opportunities like this are one of the huge benefits of virtual education. Welcome Apurba!

On with the conversation - welcome Janine!

About Our Guest:

Janine Vangool is the Calgary-based publisher, editor, designer (and customer service, too!) of Uppercase Magazine, a quarterly magazine as well as books for the creative and curious.

Music (public domain via Komiku - Soundtrack

Talk Paper Scissors Theme Music: Retro Quirky Upbeat Funk by Lewis Sound Production via Audio Jungle

Boat Origami Photo: Boat Origami Photo by Alex on Unsplash

Episode Cover Art: Canva (remixed by Apurba Roy)

A Special Thank You: To Candy Thomas for her research and journalism work in preparation for this episode :)

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