Notebook: 19 August 2015
Browsing through WHSmith at Norwich station I spotted The Escapist magazine. The Escapist is from the Monocle stable and is their annual travel magazine – ‘A journal of places less explored’ as it says on the bright yellow cover. It follows the same design as Monocle – elegant, sophisticated and tightly structured (maybe too one-paced?) with splashes of colourful illustration – but it’s a couple of cm shorter on both sides. This makes it great to handle – it’s a real lump of a mag – the Yorkie bar of travel publications. It’s not cheap at a tenner but I guess it is stuffed full of goodies. You can read a good review of it here on mag.culture.com and for any type geeks like myself, here’s an article about Monocle‘s fonts from fontfeed.com. It’s good to see Plantin Bold Condensed in use again – many of us old designers will remember its popularity as a font in the 70s and 80s for press ads and newspaper headlines.
Above: The Forecast, Monocle’s other annual publication with ‘key insights into the year ahead’.