Last May, after veteran graphic designer Bob Newman was left in a coma caused by his collapse during a seizure, friends and former colleagues in the industry rallied to help him by setting up an online fund to contribute to his recovery. (It eventually raised more than $59,000, surpassing its original $50,000 goal.) Now, a group of fellow creatives are lending their talent, too, by collaborating on a one-off title whose proceeds will go to Newman’s family.
My Favo(u)rite Magazine—described by project leaders Andrew Losowsky of The Huffington Post and Jeremy Leslie of magCulture as a “love letter to print”—is a collection of essays in which creative directors from titles like Wired, Elle and Fast Company (and digital companies like Pentagram and AOL) reveal their all-time favorite magazine issues, plus an addition by Newman himself. The highlighted titles range from mainstream (there’s the iconic Harper’s Bazaar cover featuring Jean Shrimpton shot by Richard Avedon) to indie (Craphound, Hard Werken and The Germans—not quite household names).
Adding to the list of Newman’s media supporters, Eye magazine, the Society of Publishing Designers, 29th Street Publishing and The Huffington Post provided financial backing for the project while PHMedia and Newspaper Club donated prepress and printing services.
Readers can purchase a print copy of My Favo(u)rite Magazine for £15.99 at magCulture’s online shop, or download it as a PDF download for £12.99. The truly magazine-obsessed (or just well-meaning) can also buy a £59.99 limited-edition package containing a signed copy of My Favo(u)rite Magazine plus an original copy of one magazine featured within.