Inspirational PDF Magazines

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PDF magazines are a great promotional tool used by companies and collectives. They are quick to put together, can be attached to emails, or made available as free downloads. Numerous visual arts publications from around the world are available for you to draw inspiration from. These magazines serve as excellent sources of both conceptual and visual design. Furthermore, it’s both interesting and important to know what other artists do — to explore new artistic style, learn new techniques and make new contacts.

View great illustration, photography, graphic design, painting, typography, and various other visual and communication arts. Dig into ideas with artist interviews and articles. Or flip through these pages to discover new visual solutions and styles. Below you’ll find both well-established and new PDF magazines for you to download and to draw inspiration from.

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PDF Magazines

  • Adobe Magazine2
    Adobe sets a high standard of professionalism with this visual communication publication. It’s a quarterly magazine filled with practical information and design inspiration. “You’ll see work that’s breaking new ground, get an insider’s perspective on how it was created, and find new ideas and tools to enhance your own projects.”

    Adobe Magazine 13

    Adobe Magazine 24

  • Font Magazine5
    While this magazine promotes fonts, it also provides inspiration and commentary on design and visual communication. This magazine brings us interesting articles from a global perspective. In Issue 006 the magazine has the theme of “Think globally. Design locally.” It focuses on design that makes a difference in various places around the world in order to broaden our perspective on design.

    Font Magazine 16

    Font Magazine 27

  • Candy
    Candy Collective puts out an engaging visual arts and design magazine. Over the course of two years, the magazine has grown into a large publication with a polished feel. It showcases photographers, designers, illustrator, painters and other forms of visual arts. It does this by, both interviewing the artists and displaying their work.

    Candy 1

    Candy 2

  • Blanket8
    This is an interesting magazine. It’s well designed. There is a good mix of excellent writing, colorful layouts, and good content. The magazine promotes authors form around the world. It also has a varied editorial staff. They write about their individual interests.

    Blanket 19

    Blanket 210

  • VVM11
    This magazine is about Vector and Vexel art. A large part of the Mags format is made up of half page spreads of artist’s work. Each piece has a brief explanation of the design and a link to the artist’s portfolio.

    VVM 112

    VVM 213

  • Vektorika14
    This magazine is all about Vector Graphics. It is predominately an artist promotional magazine. The quality of their interviews are really good. Each issue has a theme. Issue 10 was based on Character design. For a review of this Mag see the article Inspiration: Vektorika Magazine15.

    Vektorika 116

    Vektorika 217

  • Etel Magazine18
    This is a young mag that presents numerous artist interviews. It covers art, design, literature, architecture, and fashion. A small sample from each genre is on display in the magazine. It will be interesting to see how this magazine grows.

    Etel 119

    Etel 220

  • Revolutionart21
    This is a large artist promotion magazine. Artists have full wide page spreads and often get more than one page to display their work on. There is work from artists, designers, musicians, photographers, and models. Revolutionart magazine publishes work from accomplished and untrained artists indiscriminately. There appears to be little editorial limitations on the scope or quality of work displayed. There is an interesting mix of great work and mediocrity.

    Revolutionart 122

    Revolutionart 223

  • FF330024
    Numerous types of art and design are on display in this magazine. An interesting aspect of this magazine is that most of the art is discussed conceptually as it is presented. It is also a dual language publication.

    FF3300 125

    FF3300 226

  • Royal27
    The Keystone Design Union creates this publication that covers design, illustration, and photography. It is available via PDF or online via Flash.

    FreshCut 128

    FreshCut 229

  • Woosta30
    This magazine is interview driven. It promotes each artist’s work alongside interviews with them.

    Woosta 131

    Woosta 232

  • Grafikal33
    This magazine has a wide layout that uses plenty of white space. It promotes the visual arts. Numerous artist’s work is on display with ample explanations of the work running along the side. This Mag recently got started.

    Grafikal 134

    Grafikal 235

  • JPG Magazine36
    While the PDF version of the magazine is just a sample, it still gives a good preview into this community of Photographers. You can also view the photos and stories online, as well.

    JPG 137

    JPG 238

  • Naked Wales39
    This Mag covers the design scene in Wales. While this magazine has a local flavor, it also covers design issues we can all relate to, like speculative work. This magazine has only released one issue at the time of this writing.

    Naked Wales 140

    Naked Wales 241

  • FreshCut Magazine42
    Although this magazine is not in English, it doesn’t really matter. This is because over 95% of the magazine is artist’s work on display with no commentary. You can quickly move through the pages for pure visual inspiration.

    FreshCut 143

    FreshCut 244

  • ANTI Magazine45
    ANTI Magazine aims to showcase outstanding visual content as an online magazine and also through future exhibitions all around the world.

    ANTI Magazine46

    ANTI Magazine47

Further Magazines

  • Artzmania48
    Artzmania is an independent venture showcasing outstanding international creativity and culture. According to the authors, it is supposed to be the “platform for Designer’s Territory to inspire, express and share with fellow art enthusiast profiling diversified design”. What makes Artzmania different is its touch for graphics works from different cultures. For instance, the latest issue covers Asia’s finest artists and designers, a representation of the arts crowds that are existing in the Asia region. If you are looking for fresh and creative inspiration, that’s a nice place to start. Only executables can be downloaded, but not the .pdf-files.

    Artzmania49

    Artzmania50

  • BAK Magazine51
    This Flash-magazine is being edited by Turkish graphic designers. The magazines contains interviews, graphic design-related articles as well as numerous showcases of designers’ works. You can also submit their work to the magazine and thus can get featured in one of the upcoming issues.

    Bak 252

    Bak 153

  • Encore Magazine54
    This Flash-magazine comes from Germany and focuses on graphic design as well as on photography. Written in German and English.

    Encore55

    Encore56

The selection presented above is, of course, not complete. You may want to browse through Pdf-mags.com57, a growing repository of free PDF magazines which presents recent issues of nearly 175 PDF magazines from all over the world with main focus on art, design, illustration and culture.

You have further suggestions? Please comment on this article!

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2007/03/19/40-designtech-magazines-to-read/
  2. 2 http://www.adobemagazine.com/
  3. 3 http://www.adobemagazine.com/
  4. 4 http://www.adobemagazine.com/
  5. 5 http://www.fontshop.com/features/fontmag
  6. 6 http://www.fontshop.com/features/fontmag
  7. 7 http://www.fontshop.com/features/fontmag
  8. 8 http://www.blanketmagazine.com/
  9. 9 http://www.blanketmagazine.com/
  10. 10 http://www.blanketmagazine.com/
  11. 11 http://www.lil-online.nl/pages/magazine.html
  12. 12 http://www.lil-online.nl/pages/magazine.html
  13. 13 http://www.lil-online.nl/pages/magazine.html
  14. 14 http://www.vektorjunkie.com/mag.html
  15. 15 http://aiburn.com/article/inspiration_vektorika_magazine
  16. 16 http://www.vektorjunkie.com/mag.html
  17. 17 http://www.vektorjunkie.com/mag.html
  18. 18 http://www.etelmagazine.com/
  19. 19 http://www.etelmagazine.com/
  20. 20 http://www.etelmagazine.com/
  21. 21 http://revolutionart.publicistas.org/
  22. 22 http://www.ff3300.com/blog/?page_id=27
  23. 23 http://www.ff3300.com/blog/?page_id=27
  24. 24 http://www.ff3300.com/blog/?page_id=27
  25. 25 http://www.ff3300.com/blog/?page_id=27
  26. 26 http://www.ff3300.com/blog/?page_id=27
  27. 27 http://www.theroyalmagazine.com/
  28. 28 http://www.theroyalmagazine.com/
  29. 29 http://www.theroyalmagazine.com/
  30. 30 http://www.woosta.com
  31. 31 http://www.woosta.com
  32. 32 http://www.woosta.com
  33. 33 http://www.grafikal.org/
  34. 34 http://www.grafikal.org/
  35. 35 http://www.grafikal.org/
  36. 36 http://www.jpgmag.com/
  37. 37 http://www.jpgmag.com/
  38. 38 http://www.jpgmag.com/
  39. 39 http://www.nakedwales.com/public/article/default.asp?action=view&id=317
  40. 40 http://www.nakedwales.com/public/article/default.asp?action=view&id=317
  41. 41 http://www.nakedwales.com/public/article/default.asp?action=view&id=317
  42. 42 http://www.freshcut.it/magazine/
  43. 43 http://www.freshcut.it/magazine/
  44. 44 http://www.freshcut.it/magazine/
  45. 45 http://www.revolverlover.net/anti.asp
  46. 46 http://www.revolverlover.net/anti.asp
  47. 47 http://www.revolverlover.net/anti.asp
  48. 48 http://www.artzmania.com/
  49. 49 http://www.artzmania.com/
  50. 50 http://www.artzmania.com/
  51. 51 http://www.bakdergisi.com/index.php?sayfa=index&language=en
  52. 52 http://www.bakdergisi.com/index.php?sayfa=index&language=en
  53. 53 http://www.bakdergisi.com/index.php?sayfa=index&language=en
  54. 54 http://www.magwerk.com/mag.php?magazine=encore&language=en
  55. 55 http://www.magwerk.com/mag.php?magazine=encore&language=en
  56. 56 http://www.magwerk.com/mag.php?magazine=encore&language=en
  57. 57 http://pdf-mags.com/

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Sean Hodge is the creative mind behind AiBURN, a weblog about design, creativity, inspiration and graphics.

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  1. 1

    Damn, you folks just keep kickin’ out the “bad-ass-smash!” As always, thanks for sharing — keep it rolling — but man it’s tough to keep up with ya’ll!

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  2. 52

    you forgot to consider BATTERIE
    http://www.ladestation.net

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  3. 103

    Great List…online mags are nifty..AND green! :)

    Here’s a great flash ezine called Design Book...

    Design Book Magazine

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  4. 154

    http://www.nmag.cn is a really nice ezine site!

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    Website Design

    May 1, 2008 9:35 pm

    Great works! i Hope someday i can design my own artwork too.

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    webpixelkonsum

    May 3, 2008 7:25 am

    amazing ideas

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    satyrico negro

    May 25, 2008 7:20 am

    hey guys see apocryphal art magazine, a journal of visual arts in pdf and flash format

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  9. 409

    satyrico negro

    May 25, 2008 7:25 am

    sorry this is the link http://apocrifa.com.mx

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  10. 460

    This is a GREAT article! I downloaded pretty much every PDF. Thanks for this treasure trove of inspiration.

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  11. 511

    Have a look at http://www.freekmagazine.com you can download the pdf of the current month or check all the contents they published… have a look at it

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  12. 562

    You should also check out Batch magazine for great illustration etc

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  13. 613

    I’ve recently stumble accross a brand new digital magazine called Chew. They have set a really high standards for this medium and are raising the stakes. If you want to take a look for yourself go to http://www.chewthemagainze.com

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    Hey! What about my magazine? nu-mag.com or krossmedia.net you can download the pdf every week and they’re interviews about great artists, most from Texas, but expanding to other states. Good music attached and great art with live links. The interviews are also by great freelancer writers. I appreciate the support.

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  16. 766

    There’s a great mag for illustrators here: http://www.castlemagazine.de (German and English)

    Hope you like it… :)

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  17. 817

    hi, 1st of all: congratulations to smashingmagazine – usefull hints, tips and tricks for bloggers and interactive creatives
    just one more link to a pdf-mag: http://www.bildungaktuell.at
    they write about educational topics in Austria and Germany.

    so then, keep on smashing ;-))

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  18. 868

    saying thanks to your website it just like saying thanks to ocean for one drop. i want to enjoy ocean. i m not satisfied with one drop.
    your web is ocean. how can i appreciate you.

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  19. 919

    WOOF!MAGAZINE – http://www.woofmagazine.net
    Art, culture and lifestyle

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  20. 970

    AKA MAGAZINE #1
    shows the graphic + art + design scene in my country
    AKA magazine blog

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  21. 1021

    Can anyone help with designing a new magazine that will be published soon?

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  22. 1072

    great info. Thanks a lot from BAIRES ARGENTINA

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  23. 1123

    Look into [,DEVOU’TI:] magazine.
    PDF magazine about music, movie, culture, architecture, art, etc.

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  24. 1174

    free pdf culture magazines – looking for submissions for the second issue
    http://www.jetpacmagazine.com

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  25. 1225

    a good list, but there are other downloadable PDF magazines that take a little more advantage of the interactive functions available like pop-up menus, interactive contents, and embedded video. Content wise, it may not be your thing but the functionality is well worth a look.
    http://www.primomotomag.com
    http://www.ecomotomag.com

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    See also at this magazine: Visualizer Magazine: http://www.visualizermagazine.com

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  27. 1327

    Kikked! is another, very interesting mixed-arts online magazine. Their fourth issue has just come out and is available as a PDF download.
    http://kikked.com

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  28. 1378

    good
    thank you

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  29. 1429

    Why there are a lot of magazines dedicated to Vector graphics and when i open the pdf all are rastered and pixeled graphics, i would like to open and infinitily zoom the graphics. Does not support SVG or another vector type format the PDFs ?. Is there any pdf magazine whit pure vector graphics? Thx.

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    Do you know Linked Magazine? http://www.linkedmagazine.es A bimonthly free e-zine edited in Canary Islands focused in culture, art and lifestyle which has this ley motive: We talk about people who do things, and about things people do. http://www.linkedmagazine.es

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  32. 1582

    hi, i know a mag too: http://www.visual-streets.de
    Its a german street-art, graffiti suburban mag, nice and cool.

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  33. 1633

    These magazines look amazing, but most of them have now closed, isn’t? The links deos not exist for some of them..

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  34. 1684

    I found this link through a google search for the best non-PDF web magazines. I hate the PDF reading experience. Especially on mobile devices (i am writing this on my phone).

    Is Flipboard my best option for non-PDF, non-app magazines? I’d love you to do a similar article on the best web app / non-PDF magazines available for mobile devices. Thanks.

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    What programs can you use to make PDF magazines?

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