Web and Graphic Design Magazines

In South Africa we have no print publications specialising in graphic and web design – or none that I know of…  Thank goodness for the internet, as this provides us with much needed inspiration, tutorials and features.  But sometimes it’s good to have a printed magazine.  So here is a list of web and graphic design magazines which I enjoy, some you can get at CNA or Exclusive Books, but others you’ll have to subscribe.

Computer Arts

Computer Arts, the world’s best-selling magazine for digital artists and designers, boasts a strong line-up of tutorials every issue, covering everything from manipulating photographs with Photoshop to creating amazing vector illustrations with Illustrator. You’ll also find tonnes of tips and tricks for web design, typography, 3D, animation, motion graphics and multimedia. It’s the one-stop shop for professional advice.”

Computer Arts Projects

“Computer Arts Projects is the successful monthly spin-off of Computer Arts magazine. Each issue gives you an in-depth guide to a different creative subject, and recent issues have covered themes such as print design, web design, Photoshop, typography, packaging, creative advertising, and how to start your own design business. Inside every edition, you’ll find great step-by-step tutorials and tips from the best digital artists in the business, showcases and profiles of up-and-coming talent and established creatives, as well as explorative features on the subject in hand.”


Print is a bimonthly magazine about visual culture and design. Founded in 1940 by William Edwin Rudge, Print is dedicated to showcasing the extraordinary in design on and off the page. Covering a field as broad as communication itself—publication and book design, animation and motion graphics, corporate branding and rock posters, exhibitions and street art—Print covers commercial, social, and environmental design from every angle. Engagingly written by cultural reporters and critics who look at design in its social, political, and historical contexts, Print explores why our world looks the way it looks, and why the way it looks matters.”


“Cover to cover, the focus of CMYK Magazine is on giving our readers a truly inspiring visual experience. We fill each issue with the creative output of as many as 100 talented artists and designers at all levels of the creative talent pool. You’ll see the award-winning work from designers currently in art school, recent graduates, and self-taught non-professionals — as well as work by the most successful and sought-after creative professionals working today.”

Communication Arts

“Communication Arts magazine is the leading trade journal for visual communications. It’s the largest creative magazine in the world and showcases the top work in graphic design, advertising, illustration, photography and interactive design. Since 1959, more graphic designers, art directors, creative directors, commercial photographers and illustrators have turned to Communication Arts for ideas and inspiration than to any other creative publication. What makes Communication Arts so special? Our unique combination of respected juried Annuals, in-depth profiles in our multi-topic issues and numerous informative columns makes Communication Arts the premier publication to cover all aspects of visual communications.”

Eye Magazine

Eye, the international review of graphic design, is a beautifully designed and printed quarterly magazine based in the UK.”


“.net is the world’s best-selling magazine for web designers and developers, featuring tutorials from leading agencies, interviews with the web’s biggest names, and agenda-setting features on the hottest issues affecting the internet today.”

Web Designer

“Web Designer is the premier magazine for aspiring online creatives and industry professionals. Each issue also has a dedicated Industry section covering news and views from the trade, website showcases featuring the finest design talent and a free CD of valuable resources. The official blog site at webdesignermag.co.uk offers additional editorial, exclusive interviews, reader support plus a series of entertaining podcasts from the magazine team.”

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