GOLD: Winter 2017 New Trail
Clean, crisp, modern design, with strong graphic elements and typography. The cover and cover story uses black and white photographs to great effect. The design is elegant and highly readable, and there are places where they break out of the format to add some visual energy and diversity. Very solid design from front to back.
High marks for great packaging of content, smartly layered entry points and managing an incredibly diverse range of topics. Dramatic use of illustration (Byers, Sutherland, etc.) and beautiful photo essays elevate the occasional stock art.
SILVER: Designers of the Year Western Living Magazine
Solid, sophisticated design, strong imagery, and refined typography. They have a challenging visual ad environment (lots of noisy ads), but the editorial pages are designed to stand out and not compete. The result is a very harmonious design that is very in sync with the editorial voice.
Solid type, strong images and clean pages that give these elements space to breath make Western Living feel as luxurious as the interiors it profiles. It serves its audience exactly what they’d expect — minimal, clean design and beautifully edited set of images. The typographic choices make sense and use of white space is wonderful..