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Design & Production

Last checked March-April 2024 by Monty Young & Setav Kamal, Langara College Library & Information Technology practicum students.


  • Affinity: Creative design software suite. For Mac, Windows and iOS. Visit Site
  • Thompson, Bradbury. “The Art of Graphic Design.” First paperback ed. Yale University Press, 2018.
    With contributions by designers, critics, and art historians. More Info
  • “Editorial Design.” Pentagram, Visit Site. Design firm with a large portfolio of major editorial and publishing design projects. 
  • Set up a Beautiful Magazine Layout: Tutorial on how to use Adobe InDesign to create a magazine layout. Visit Site
  • “Tips on How to Make a Magazine Cover.” FotoJet. Visit Site
  • “10 Tips for Designing High-Impact Magazines.” Envato. Visit Site


  • “Editing Essentials.” Editors Canada. Visit Site
  • “Magazine Industry, Production Process of.” Visit Site
  • Testy Copy Editors: Community Facebook page for professional copy editors. Visit Site
  • “What Do Editors Do?” PEAVI (Professional Editors Association of Vancouver Island). A list of the various jobs and tasks for editors in the Canadian magazine industry. Visit Site
  • “What Is a Copy Editor?” A beginner’s guide to being a copy editor, from a popular copy-editing blog. Visit Site

Software for Designing Covers

  • Blur Bookwright: A desktop software able to help you create print or digital covers for free with its templates.  Visit Site
  • Canva: Web based software for designing graphics to book covers. There is a free version and pro version. Easily download your creation as PDF or jpg (support other photo file formats as well). Visit Site

Design Guides & Resources

  • The Canadian Press Stylebook. James McCarten, Editor. The Canadian Press, Oct. 2021. A handbook for following standard CP style in both print book and online subscription versions. More Info
  • Chicago Manual of Style Online: Overview of a widely used editorial style guide developed by the University of Chicago, now sold as a subscription. More Info
  • The Diversity Style Guide: Guide for journalists writing about sensitive topics including race, gender, cognitive diversity, sexual orientation, religion, and more. Visit Site
  • European Color Initiative: An international group working on devices for independent processing of color data in digital publication systems. Visit Site
  • by Monotype: Font products for purchase. Visit Site
  • Pantone: The industry’s premier colour guide. Visit Site
  • Cober Solutions, Design/Markeitng. Digitial, offset and wide-format printing. Warehousing and fulfillment. Innovative and flexible services for all of your business needs.15 Feb. 2022 Visit Site.
  • Graphic Design Services| FiverrVisit Site

Stock Photos

  • Getty Images: A popular stock photo and graphic service. Visit Site
  • Photocase: A stock photography library with more than 160,000 creative and unique photos, all available under a royalty-free license model. Visit Site
  • Creative Commons Search: Searches across various Creative Commons platforms at once. Visit Site
  • Additional sources of copyright- and attribution-free stock images:


  • BIG Huge Labs-Magazine Cover Mockup Generator: A free mockup generator that makes magazine covers out of uploaded photos, provided by Big Huge Labs. Visit Site
  • Envato Elements Photoshop and Indesign Magazine Templates Visit Site


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